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Come Meet Authors Blog Tag

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This blog is my participation in The Author's Blog Chain. Christina Carson tagged me on her blog. I have the honor of being Christina's friend for many a year, having been introduced by her husband Bert Carson, whom I had met a few years before. He said we would like "talking" to each other. How [...]

Who Said Life Lessons Have To Be Hard

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Life is full of simple lessons. I had one the other day. It made me laugh aloud, and say to myself, “Good grief, Beca.” I was secretly glad no one saw what I had done; like a cat that slips on wet pavement and pretends that it never happened. However, here I am telling the [...]

Perfect Gifts

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When my children were little, one of my favorite gifts to give them came about as a solution to not having as much money as I wished to buy them presents. However, before I discovered the solution I did something else. I traded my time for money. I spent one pre-Christmas season working an extra [...]

Trust The Creative Guidance System

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Everyone who has ever created something, whether it is a garden, a painting, a book, a dance, a new way to do something, a piece of equipment, a song, a comfortable home, a delicious dish; every one of them, every one of us, has experienced moments of doubt that it will work out. Those moments [...]

Do Something Bigger Than Your Old Habit

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I remember the first time I saw a marathon. I was living in downtown Los Angeles in the loft district on Traction Avenue. To get to the event I had walked a few blocks east to Little Tokyo. I passed the many little stores and even the grocery store where I often shopped, but on [...]

That Cat Made Me Write This

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A black cat patrols our neighborhood. He lives in the house behind us, but I believe he only visits it for food, and maybe a brief rest. For the rest of the day, and long into the night, he is on the move. Although I have come to admire some of his qualities, we have [...]

Something Has Changed

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Something has changed. Not the obvious-temperature, light, leaves change, seasons–something else caused the birds to descend on the feeders and devour the seeds. Instead of the month it usually takes to eat empty the thistle seed feeder, it took a few days. In Tai Chi, holding the standing-at-the-stake pose with the rest of the class, [...]

The Quality Of Honor

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At first, I thought it was rain. Completely lost in the book I was reading, it took a few moments to realize that it probably wouldn’t be raining in an airport. I glanced up and saw a woman looking down the hallway, clapping. I started speculating. Was she clapping for a friend? If so, why [...]

Expanding The View

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Starting in my early teens, and lasting for the next 25 years or so, I collected words and saved them. I read the newspaper and clipped articles that moved me, ideas that opened my eyes, essays that inspired me, and pasted them all into a big journal type book. I read books, watched movies, went [...]

Squirrel School Degree

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If you are thinking that going to Squirrel School might be a wise life-move, it is a sure sign that you are a part of community that knows a good thing when you see it. Perhaps you are debating whether going to Squirrel School is a worthwhile endeavor. I don’t blame you; after all, some [...]

Anchor Your Drift

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Some days I don’t know what to do with myself. I drift around the house with no desire to do anything. If it goes on too long I feel as if I have turned into a piece of flotsam drifting on the sea of life without anchor, and without a purpose other than to drift. [...]

Keeping A Promise

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I kept a promise to myself recently; it was a big one for me. I’ve kept promises to myself before, and I have broken more than I have kept. Usually I break the smaller ones, often around what I will, or won’t, eat that day. I can always rationalize why it was a stupid promise [...]

My Time Warp To The Sixties With Words

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Sitting on the stationary bike at the gym, reading Kurt Vonnegut on my iPhone, I was suddenly, and instantly, transported through a time warp back to somewhere in the sixties. I was in our living room, in the house on Irvin Ave., and Dad was walking with his trademark forward lean down the hallway, correcting [...]

Me And The Denny’s Diamond Buyer

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I’ve heard that if you want to be a writer, having had a bucket load of many kinds of jobs is a good thing. I am not sure that is actually true, but I know that in my lifetime I have had those many jobs, and some of them produced some very interesting stories. This [...]

How It Was, Isn’t How It Has To Be

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As a teenager, I would often fight with my dad for what I perceived as my rights as a person, not hampered by the fact that I was a “girl.” I would argue with him that it was unfair that my younger brother could stay out longer at night (for example) than I could, because [...]

Within The Blue Box

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All winter the blue storage box sat alone on the floor of the garage, calling me. Years before, my husband and I, on our way to more traveling, had left it with my daughter for safekeeping. She returned it in the fall, but I didn’t open it, knowing it would require something from me that [...]

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