Missing Mark

Feb 04

Missing Mark

Today, I’d planned to post about how much happier I’ve been since I started keeping a Happiness Journal. But the truth is, I’m not feeling happy at all today. It doesn’t seem right to post about happiness. On Monday evening, one of my best friends, Barbara, who I’ve known since 5th grade, let me know that a mutual friend had passed away...

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The Letter Project: Dr. Jesse Liscomb

Jan 28

The Letter Project: Dr. Jesse Liscomb

This post is part of my Letter Project. ABOUT THE PROJECT Each month this year, I am writing a letter to someone who has changed my life. Most of these letters will be long overdue. In most cases, the people to whom I’m writing have no idea what a difference they made in my life or what an impact they made on me as a person. Some of them have never even met...

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Killing My Darlings

Jan 21

Killing My Darlings

We writers have to put ourselves out there. We have made a conscious choice to put our innermost feelings and fears on display. We voluntarily open ourselves up to criticism. To borrow a phrase inspired by writer Joseph Heller, this is a real Catch-22. Writers are usually, by nature, sensitive people. It’s exactly because we feel things so deeply and are so...

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What I Learned in Zumba Class

Jan 14

What I Learned in Zumba Class

I took my first Zumba class last Friday. This is something I’ve been wanting to try since I first heard of Zumba, probably over 10 years ago. Zumba is a fitness class made up of dance moves set to upbeat music. The idea is to make working out so enjoyable that you forget the pain. Somehow, because of a lack of classes or scheduling, compounded by the fact that...

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Sin City (10/21/2004)

Jan 07

Sin City (10/21/2004)

This is an opinion piece I had published in the New Times on October 21, 2004. At the time, I published it under a pseudonym, and when you read it, you’ll understand why. I’ve always been a pretty open book, though, sometimes to my own detriment for sure, but it’s who I am, good or bad. So, I’ve decided I’m ready to share it. I’ve...

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Story Published: Santa’s Eyes

Dec 17

Story Published:  Santa’s Eyes

I had a Christmas story published in the SLO City News this morning. The story is called Santa’s Eyes and is a work of fiction.  The SLO City News is a publication of Tolosa Press. I’m including the story here, but you can browse the entire issue online as well. My story is on page 20:  SLO City News – Dec. 17th Issue Whatever you’re...

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Happiness Journal

Dec 10

Happiness Journal

A few days ago, still reeling from all the November expressions of gratitude, I stayed indoors all day and found myself feeling a little blue by evening. That won’t surprise anyone who knows me – as much as I like to see myself as a positive person, all too often I find myself dwelling on what’s going wrong in my life rather than counting all of my...

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The Letter Project

Nov 26

The Letter Project

This month, as I do every November, I’ve been reading daily social media posts by my friends and family expressing gratitude for the blessings in their lives. An entire month of thankfulness. I have never participated, mostly because I know I’d miss a day about a week in and it would drive me nuts. But, as I read the posts, I do think about the many...

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NaNoWriMo Year 3

Nov 05

NaNoWriMo Year 3

Yes, I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year, the crazy challenge where writers commit to writing 50,000 words toward a novel in 30 days. This is my third year as a “WriMo.” Every year, I’ve considered not doing it. I have so many other things going on, not to mention working full-time and household responsibilities. I’m finally realizing...

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