Take a Look!

November 29, 2010 § 3 Comments

Craig and I, as the geezer-rock duo, “Hot Tamale” were invited to Disney to play for America’s English teachers at their annual convention–and we wanted to wow them.

“I know,” Craig said.  “Let’s make a music video about reading!”  It was like the light-bulb moment from an old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland film when those spunky kids decided to put on a show to save the farm.

Craig wrote a song with a catchy powerhouse rhythm and we recorded it with the help of our friends Gordon Halleck and Chris Ash who provided studio expertise, tin can percussion, twangs, pops, and cartoon voices.

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Flat granny.

November 24, 2010 § 6 Comments

Wearing goofy smiles, my husband and I stare expectantly at the grainy edge of a playpen on the computer screen–a playpen in faraway Philadelphia.

“Where’s Boo-ba?” I sing-song.  The Pack-and-Play trembles.  Slap.  One chubby hand grips the top rail.  Slap.  Our grandson pulls himself up.

“Hey Booba!” we chorus.

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The writer’s retreat.

November 19, 2010 § 16 Comments

Once a year we sequester ourselves in a house overlooking a white sand beach on the Gulf to peer uninterrupted through the windows of our stories-in-progress.

Because we are women,  we know we are stealing these days.  We justify our selfishness by staring without blinking at the page or screen in front of us.   The incoming tide and the day ablaze with a yellow fall sun will not distract us from our stories, stories, stories.

It is my job as writer in residence to be an objective reader and to help with the craft  of writing, but it is hard to remain detached as I am inhabited by the other womens’ stories.

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Dog brain.

November 7, 2010 § 7 Comments

I’m not sure how cat brains work, they hold their cards close, but to me their thoughts seem chilly, like an air-conditioned office.  When observed by a cat, I always feel as if I’m being judged by one of the popular girls in high school.

I’m a dog person.  I like the way dogs think.  Unlike cats, dogs wear their thoughts on the outside, like a T-shirt with a slogan printed on it in CAPITAL LETTERS.  Dog-think is bath water warm.  It’s relaxing.

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An inconvenient life.

November 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

Convenience is the shortest distance between need-to-do-it, and got-it-done.

Push a button.


Nuke dinner.

Drive instead of walk. Jump to conclusions. Don’t get involved.

Because convenience allows us to do things quickly we feel effective and efficient.  But convenience can also rob us blind.

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