Category Archives: using talents

ODDBALLS’ HALL

My sister had a quirky friend who was trying to describe where something was in a nearby town. It was next to the “Oddfellows’ Hall” but she didn’t really know about them and said that the place was “next to … Continue reading

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Have you ever started to read a book, story, article, watched a movie or TV show where you realized that the writer had another agenda other than telling a story? In the guise of a story, they only want to … Continue reading Continue reading

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“Picture” This

“Do you dream often? Do you remember your dreams?” I dream all the time. I used to remember my convoluted dreams in detail and relate them to the long-suffering Husband, who would shake his head. (He almost never remembers his dreams … Continue reading

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Up My Alleyn

(I wrote a view and it was good, but I when I cut, it did not paste, so now I must do this work in haste.) If you log into YouTube, they make many suggestions based on your watch history. … Continue reading

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Sapped

This week:How has the ongoing pandemic affected your creativity? My writing creativity has been a casualty of the pandemic. As many people, I really thought that having to stay home would make writing easier, but no. I have been bogged-down … Continue reading

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Review: “What IF”

I was looking for something a little intelligent, but lighter than what I had been listening to, while working around the house, and Randall Monroe’s “What If” filled the bill.  Monroe is a trained physicist and a short-time former contract … Continue reading

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The Man/Woman/Kids Who Came to Dinner

I posed this question:If there was a weather-related reason that you had unexpected guests stranded at your house, how would you keep them entertained? What would you do if the electricity was also down? I was delighted to see how … Continue reading

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Something New

I have always had to learn something new. I’ve read all of my life, or insisted on being read-to, and learned all the time through that medium. When I was 4, we moved from an apartment building on one side … Continue reading

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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

(I’m back after being ill and I just hope that I make sense! I have no idea why it posted in italics.) This week: If you had to get rid of most of your belongings in order to move into a … Continue reading

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Creative Control

“What is the most important thing you learned after completing your first book?” That being a writer is nothing like I expected it to be. Again, as I said last week when asked about publishing a first book, the “I … Continue reading

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