Category Archives: Writing & Other Things

Non-nudge posts.

Getting Back to Blogging

I knew I hadn’t blogged in a long time, but I was stunned when I checked back and saw that the last post was in September, 2016. Ye gods. I was aware I wasn’t active, but even while cognizant of …
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Remembering Uncle Don

My uncle Donald Ritchie passed away last Sunday from cancer. It wasn’t totally sudden or unexpected–he’d received the dire diagnosis a few months ago and had been admitted to the hospital a few days before he died–but it was still …
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WRITING IN NOVEMBER

Some of my friends are doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, and I’m actually jealous. I wish I had the reserves of energy and time to tackle the project again, but my disheveled summer and some current deadlines …
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2015 PAD – Day 4

The day four prompt at Poetic Asides was “write a departure poem.” I started off in a different place with a different idea of “departure” but wound up with this: LIFE OF THE PARTY No one ever wanted Markle to …
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2015 PAD – Day 3

The day 3 prompt at Poetic Asides was “write a machine poem.” This inspiration source popped into my head immediately: BISHOP MACHINE Grandma Mary rarely said “car” or even “automobile.” It was always “machine.” Uncle Joe took me to bingo …
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2015 PAD – Day 2

JHooligan came today, at his request, for his annual spring break sleepover at his grandma’s. JHooligan will be fifteen next month, so it’s quite touching that he clings to this tradition. (SHooligan, on the other hand, didn’t come last year, …
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2015 National Poetry Month, And a PAD Poem

It’s April and it’s National Poetry Month–two good things right there. For those out of the loop, National Poetry Month has all kinds of good things for poets and those interested in poetry. The Academy of American Poets offers a …
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Krampus Is Prowling

Traditionally, the evening of December 5 is when Krampus goes on the hunt for naughty children to¬† punish or abduct. Twenty-four years ago, my mother and I witnessed our first Krampuslauf (Krampus run) in Salzburg, Austria. (You can read all …
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Nudged by the Holidays

I admit I’ve been a lousy blogger the last six months or so. It’s time to get tough and nudge myself to write. So, every day this month, I’m going to post something about the holidays: a memory, thoughts on …
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1971: Creative Writing

Sometimes my mind works like one of those video slot machines, with several rows and columns of images that go spinning when I push a button or pull an arm. Bang, bang, bang, certain identical images line up and I …
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