Jeep Thompson and the Challenge of Committment

I added 392 words to Jeep Thompson and the Lost Prince of Venus on Sunday afternoon, 392 words that will anchor the whole story if the exercise was performed properly. The proof in the pudding will be if the story expands to its full length from where it has been mired all these months —Continue reading “Jeep Thompson and the Challenge of Committment”

On comfort in the storm

And then Saturday afternoon, there was the voice of my favorite cousin (with all due respect to all my other cousins) across the miles. It was a bittersweet connection because she was checking in to see how Red is doing after more than a month in the hospital — but the news on that frontContinue reading “On comfort in the storm”

Two mugs in a bar

Two mugs in a bar — kind of an old bar, somewhat clean, but you know how hard it is to get an old bar squeaky clean. Maybe they’re old friends, or maybe they just happen to be sitting within earshot of each other at this particular moment. The news is on TV, or maybeContinue reading “Two mugs in a bar”

Laugh hard, run fast, be kind

I am not a lifetime fan of Doctor Who — Matt Smith was chasing dinosaurs on a spaceship when it finally clicked — but of all the moments I have experienced in my limited experience, my favorite moment is Peter Capaldi’s last moments as the 12th doctor. “Never be cruel, never be cowardly, and neverContinue reading “Laugh hard, run fast, be kind”

A penny seen

It was a rainy day, dreary and gray, and so the copper penny was a beacon on the ground against the gray concrete. The old saying flashed in my mind, “See a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck.” I stopped — hesitated would be a better word, because IContinue reading “A penny seen”

The sad keepers of the bile machine

Imagine, if you will, a job where your daily task is to mock, ridicule and otherwise find fault with a group of humans you despise. Imagine the corrosion to the soul that must result. I refer, of course, to the people whose full-time job is to produce press releases and “official statements” for politicians. IContinue reading “The sad keepers of the bile machine”

7 things I’ve learned along the way 

Seven things I’ve learned along the way to posting 1,000 consecutive daily blog posts, of which, in case you were not counting, this is the 1,000th: 1. I can do it, one day at a time. 2. A person tends to repeat herself from time to time over 1,000 days, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. 3.Continue reading “7 things I’ve learned along the way “

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