Category Archives: nonfiction

“Hmmph. That’s Crazy.”

A thirteen-year-old girl who’s having a spinal tap screams out, “It hurts, I’m hungry.” When I began my most recent post a couple of days ago, my intention was to write about the above prompt, something I’d scribbled in a … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up

I’ve done more reading than writing lately. Part of it is because I love reading and learning, and part of it is because my muse mojo has gone into hiding. I’ve read bits and pieces of several interesting and fascinating … Continue reading

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Little Moments

What have you been writing lately? Are you working on anything? Those are questions I hear frequently. I’m always writing something, even if it’s a gratitude list, some journal entries, a blog post, or a reply to a student’s discussion post. … Continue reading

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Sock Suitcase

I thought I was Done with a capital D. The family history was a mammoth task, a time drain, a major stressor, a sleep thief. But then one day after correcting one pesky out-of-place apostrophe, I thought thought Yes and hallelujah. Confident that … Continue reading

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Family Stories

The three of us rode to the Myrtle Beach Airport in the misty, predawn light, that special time of day when the world seems almost magical as it emerges from darkness into light. No wait, it was around four o’clock, … Continue reading

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Are Ghosts Real?

There were only six of us sitting around the table at Books on Broad, a local bookstore, this morning. Four people had submitted work to be critiqued, and I erroneously assumed we would wrap up in two hours. Wrong. The … Continue reading

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Finish It

I’ve been stealing moments here and there to work on a family history, a project that I embraced wholeheartedly about a year and a half ago. Hmmm. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I embraced the idea of putting … Continue reading

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Louie and Alma

  Books, whether fiction or nonfiction, can offer hope, provide inspiration, and even transform lives. Recently, someone told me what she did whenever she began feeling discouraged: “I think of Louie, the man in Unbroken.” “You too?” I asked, delighted … Continue reading

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Read On!

  Yesterday some friends and I had a round table discussion about aging, stories, relationships, writing, religion, more writing, hip replacements, and finally books. “What’s everybody been reading?” someone asked, and we were off to the races. With very little … Continue reading

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Untold Stories

It’s not an overstatement to say that I love my writing group—the members, the interaction, the energy, the critiquing—all of that and more. When I first joined the group, we met a couple of times a month, one morning meeting … Continue reading

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