Old Joke #25

Posted Dec 31 2009 in

A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death’s doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater […]

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Web Wednesday: Dirty Deeds Done With Sheep

Posted Dec 30 2009 in

Okay, this totally cracks me up — almost as much as learning ( from my friend who sells “adult novelties” on the party plan) that sex toy warehouses stock blow-up sheep. (I originally planned a series of posts on stories she’d told me, but the silence was deafening when I did that first post, so […]

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They’re Not Resolutions, They’re Goals

Posted Dec 28 2009

Every December, as the year winds down, I make a list of goals for the next year. These are not “resolutions,” made with champagne-fueled hopes, fated to be abandoned before the empty bottles are hauled away. They are, instead, a list of objectives that move my life along my chosen trajectory. And if I don’t […]

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A Raisin Christmas: He Ain’t Heavy

Posted Dec 25 2009

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’d intended to do my normal Fiction Friday post, but the batteries in my mouse died and I used all the AA’s loading up a Pegasus, a pelican, a laughing Ernie and a pair of race cars yesterday, so the copying and pasting required for Fiction Friday is out of the question. […]

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Web Wednesday: Carol of the Bells

Posted Dec 23 2009 in

This is one of my very favorite Christmas carols — possibly because it captures the 100-miles-an-hour stress-fest that we’ve made of this holiday!

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A Tale of Two Cities – Revisited

Posted Dec 21 2009

(I originally posted this last January. Last week, my step-daughter called to say she had my tickets for this year’s outing. I’m won’t let them ditch me this year.) We arrive at the zoo on Saturday for the big Festival of Lights and I call my step-daughter to arrange a rendezvous. “As soon as we […]

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Fiction Friday: On Receiving Feedback

Posted Dec 18 2009 in

For the past two Fridays, I’ve pontificated about how to give useful feedback to fellow writers. Today I thought we’d look at that transaction from the other end. Some guidelines for soliciting and receiving feedback: 1) If you think what you’ve written is perfect, don’t bother to ask for input. What’s the purpose? 2) Conversely, […]

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Old Joke #24

Posted Dec 17 2009 in

A young couple decides to join a new church that has strict requirements for membership. Before they can become members, they have to agree to abstain from sex for 30 days. It’s a long 30 days (did I mention that they’re young?), but they’re doing pretty well up until the last weekend. That Friday night, […]

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Slip Sliding Away

Posted Dec 14 2009

Last Monday, my daughter-out-law’s brother was stacking wood outside his home in Amherst, Massachusetts, in preparation for the big storm coming their way. The portable basketball hoop was in the way and as he tried to shift it, it toppled over. The backboard smashed into his face, breaking every bone except his lower jaw. He […]

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