Getting Out of Our Own Way

Jul 09

Getting Out of Our Own Way

I recently came across an article that was published on Flavorwire last year about two magazines included in the 2013 VIDA Count, one which did well and one which did not do so well. The VIDA Count is a look at female versus male contributors at magazines and literary journals undertaken by the VIDA organization, the mission of which, “as a research-driven...

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Writing to the Beat of Someone Else’s Drum

Jan 08

Writing to the Beat of Someone Else’s Drum

For Christmas, my daughter Melissa gave me a book called 642 Things to Write About. I have never used writing prompts, except once last November when I got seriously stuck and was in danger of falling far short of my daily word count during NaNoWriMo.  The prompt I used then was one from @NaNoWordSprints. 26,000+ Twitter followers and I were prompted to write a...

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Thoughts About Kindness, Depression and Suicide

Dec 18

Thoughts About Kindness, Depression and Suicide

This isn’t the blog post I planned to write today, but it’s something that’s been heavy on my mind for the past few months, since the tragic passing of Robin Williams on August 11th. And with the holidays approaching, it’s been on my mind even more. I don’t have anything to say about Robin Williams’s suicide. I have my own...

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Stuff Your Sorries in a Sack, Sister!

Dec 12

Stuff Your Sorries in a Sack, Sister!

I caught myself doing it again this morning. Every Friday morning, I update an inner-office list and distribute copies to everyone. My boss’s door was closed, and as I usually do, I gave it a little knock before walking in to drop off his copy of the list. When I walked in, my boss was talking with two male co-workers. I heard it right as it came out of my...

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What’s Your Favorite Fake Band?

Nov 27

What’s Your Favorite Fake Band?

I was listening to a nostalgic playlist I compiled on Spotify over the weekend and came to a shocking realization … half my favorite bands from the ’60s and ’70s weren’t even real bands! I bought albums from most of the “bands” included in the following poll. How about you? What’s your favorite fake...

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Color My World

Nov 20

Color My World

I’ve had a lot going on this past couple of months, not just the usual busyness, but some very heavy, emotional stuff. In the end, I think that what has been one of the most difficult and draining months of my life will go down in history as one of the most fruitful.  I’m making peace with some things I should have made peace with a long time ago....

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SLO Surreal

Nov 13

SLO Surreal

I was walking to work recently and, looking up, saw a rooster weather vane atop one of the county government buildings. I’d never noticed it before. Like many of us, I get so focused on what’s right in front of me that I forget to take the time to notice the rest of the beautiful world around me. That morning, the rooster weather vane and the backdrop of...

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Rubye’s Blog #15: Epilogue

Nov 06

Rubye’s Blog #15:  Epilogue

When we were small children, we affectionately called my southern-born grandparents “Mamaw” and “Papaw.”

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Rubye’s Blog #14: Doc and Rubye Calvert

Oct 30

Rubye’s Blog #14:  Doc and Rubye Calvert

Editor’s Note: This is a “guest post” by my grandmother, born Rubye Ione Owens (December 3, 1922 – June 16, 2008).   In this journal entry, my grandmother writes about meeting and marrying Arvil Lee (“Doc”) Calvert, who was the only father my mother ever knew and who was the best grandfather we grandchilden could have ever...

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