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About first50

Writer and teacher who benefits from following the principles of writing practice set forth by Natalie Goldberg.

Write Today

The title page of the book I started yesterday gave me a shock when I realized how many books I’ve read by this author. Plus, how many books she’s written! I tweeted this. Good grief! Prolific hardly covers it. @JAJance … Continue reading

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Call Now

I sat at the table with a book and a salad. One of those infomercials was playing on the TV in the background. I heard, “Call now, operators are waiting,” about 15 times. It distracted me from my reading. I … Continue reading

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Gawd Awful

Rocky Ford, the little berg in Southern Colorado where I grew up, had gawd awful tasting water. When people who weren’t used to it unwittingly downed a swig they most often spit it out. I’ve been other places, like Odessa, … Continue reading

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Casual Interaction

Most interactions in the course of a day are casual, cloaked in correct social conventions and surface level conversation. The advent of social media has increased the number of casual conversations that pass by in a day’s time. You don’t … Continue reading

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Better Eating

They say that your taste buds don’t have the same zing when you’re old that they did when you were young. But that can’t explain how much better eating was back in the day. When pancakes were slathered with real … Continue reading

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Cloudy and Gray

I studied his eyes. Obsessively. I could tell when to make myself scarce by the color of his eyes. When they were a light blue it would be okay to be around him. But when they turned a cloudy shade … Continue reading

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Before Sunrise

She was up well before sunrise. She drove carefully, never over the speed limit. She reached the pull-out that lead to a small parking area under the bridge. She backed the car up as close to the river’s edge as … Continue reading

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To Infinity and Beyond

The other day on Facebook I saw one of these joke graphics that said, “My pin number is the last 4 digits of Pi.” I got a laugh out of it but it made me think about the wonderment I … Continue reading

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I Remember

After all the Bonnie Raitt albums I’ve played again and again, after the live concerts I’ve attended, after all her songs I’ve sung along with, the thing I remember most vividly about Bonnie Raitt was a concert moment. I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Jamie

I’m a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I love Claire Randall with her modern eyes looking onto a world 200 years in the past. I love Jamie Fraser, the handsome Scotsman she meets and loves in that long ago … Continue reading

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