Author Archives: first50

About first50

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

Family

It’s nearing that time of year when people get all the family together for a few days of reunion, food, and fun. Or sometimes for awkward drunken scenes, reignited ancient grievances and arguments. Here’s wishing you the good kind of … Continue reading

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Day Trips

I took a day trip yesterday to The Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. It got me thinking about favorite day trips from my past. I remember when I lived in Loveland, Colorado. I would drive up the Big Thompson Canyon, … Continue reading

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The Best Car

Oh, that car! It drove like part of my body. I just had to think a movement and that car would do it. It was a beauty, a powerhouse, a joy. The best car I ever had or ever will … Continue reading

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All That Jazz

So somehow Frank Sinatra sneaked into my playlist of female jazz vocalists on Pandora. I’d just listened to a big chorus singing “All that Jazz” and there he was. A male voice. I thought, well, I’ll listen carefully and see … Continue reading

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The Old Computer

The closet in the spare bedroom is home to old computers. A Commodore 64 sits at the bottom of the pile, with heaps of Macs, Dells, and huge portable phones piled atop it. Since nobody bothers to open the closet … Continue reading

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Shoes

Red cowboy boots. Grade 3. I loved those boots. I wore them so long I had to walk on my heels to keep my toes from hurting because I’d outgrown them. I felt tough in those shoes. I was Annie … Continue reading

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The Memory Fades

She began to lose the memories she’d carried all her life as she approached 80. The wonder of it was, without all those painful traumas rattling around in her head, a more joyful younger self came to the fore. She … Continue reading

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Dog-Eared

When we went through the backpack of the dead woman we found under the bridge, there was nothing there but dog-eared copies of stolen library books. She had no ID, no clothing, nothing but books. The Harry Potter books and … Continue reading

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The Secretary

“What does the secretary do?” I asked. “Take a few notes at the meetings and then read them at the next meeting. It’s just keeping records of what we do.” “Oh, that doesn’t sound too hard. Okay. I accept the … Continue reading

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Talent

I saw a boy on Facebook playing drums on his mom’s empty washing machine. He used every part of the washer to creating a fabulous drum solo. The kid has amazing natural talent. What do you do if you don’t … Continue reading

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