Visiting Yellowstone National Park–Old Eyes, New Eyes

Visiting Yellowstone National Park–Old Eyes, New Eyes

We took the grandchildren to Yellowstone Park last July. They were excited and loved it. I thought it had become over-commercialized but didn’t complain. No reason to ruin their first impression. One exception: I did like the Mammoth Hot Springs area. I’d never been there before and I thought the cabins were delightful. Gophers played on the lawn. We could sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery. Each morning we walked all around the...

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Routine of a long-married Couple–short-short story

Routine of a long-married Couple–short-short story

Another try at short-short story that’s under 300 words. This one is under 200 words. Is that enough to get the idea? Routine of a Long-Married Couple A married couple has dinner in a French Bistro the day after Christmas with a cousin neither has seen in years. They have just finished dessert when the waiter appears with a complimentary after-dinner drink. The drink is wonderful–like nothing they’ve ever tasted. Later, they...

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BLURBS : If I could Write the Book in 100 words . . .

BLURBS : If I could Write the Book in 100 words . . .

I hate writing blurbs for my own books. “If I could write the book in 100 words, I would,” are word every author has said at one time or another. Trust me, I know! Problem is getting worse, not better. Think Twitter, flash-fiction, sound bites . . . 100 words is beginning to seem l-o-n-g!!! END OF RANT Here’s the blurb for my next book. It will likely change, but I would love to hear your comments. Does it catch your interest?...

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We Have Just Been Hit By Lightening

We Have Just Been Hit By Lightening

It happened so fast. I was on a commercial flight approaching Portland, Oregon when I heard a pop and all the lights in the plane went out. Before I could do more than wonder what happened, the pilot came on and announced that we’d been hit by lightening. He assured us that everything was fine. However, we’d been cleared for an immediate landing. That meant we were on the ground ahead of schedule which made me happy. I hurried home...

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Keeping Girls in School in Guatemala–Mother’s Stories

Keeping Girls in School in Guatemala–Mother’s Stories

I’m on the board of an organization WOMEN WORK TOGETHER that is trying to keep Guatemalan girls in school. The New York Times (2/12/2015) did an extensive article about that same area of Guatemala and the fact that girls as young as eleven drop out of school and are married and pregnant by age twelve or thirteen. Breaking that cycle is not easy. How does WWT approach the problem? With story. We have the girls interview and write their...

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The Gayety of Killing Passengers Pigeons and Other Losses

The Gayety of Killing Passengers Pigeons and Other Losses

Because the last passenger pigeon, named “Martha,” died a hundred years ago, I’m suddenly seeing a lot of commentary about passenger pigeons. In an 1808 journal, quoted in the New Yorker, a woman recalls the “gayety” of pigeon hunting. This was when there were still something like five billion birds left. Yet already she worries that future generations will not know the euphoria that accompanied raising a gun at a...

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