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What I need is an incendiary imagination, one that blazes across the mind and page with images so bright as to cause the reader to squint for protection. But there just isn’t enough heat in my life. Maybe I can … Continue reading
Looking at the red stippling under the clouds as the sun rose this morning reminded me of Joni Mitchell and “Both Sides Now.” I wonder if the tops of the clouds are lit with red and orange and yellow as … Continue reading
Our neighborhood covenants require keeping your trash barrel in the garage or behind a fence. Keeps the neighborhood neat, it does. Yet walking through the garage to the scent of cantaloupe rinds or decaying chicken skin isn’t fun. That’s why … Continue reading
This blog is about writing practice. The rules of writing practice are available here. It’s a technique for writing taught by Natalie Goldberg. Here’s what Natalie Goldberg says it’s about. “I teach people to accept their minds,” she says, “just … Continue reading
My reading list grows longer and longer. A few things I want to read but haven’t yet include “Diet for a Hot Planet,” “The Virtual Self,” “Detroit: An American Autopsy” and “However Long the Night.” That looks like a long … Continue reading
These days when a character on TV wants to get married, some friend goes online to get ordained and conducts the wedding. Nobody even knows a real minister or priest who went to divinity school and got ordained the old … Continue reading
My weekend was filled with two TV shows with black in the name. There was all the watching, then all the writing about what I watched for my pop culture blog. I’ll keep writing for days about one of them, … Continue reading
A pause today to say WOW! Thanks! to those of you who stop by to write the beginning of something with me here at First 50 Words. I’m constantly impressed and delighted by the variety and creativity of the comments … Continue reading
With extreme weather becoming the norm the potential that people will have to evacuate and leave their homes due to floods, mudslides, wildfires, and other disasters looms larger everyday. An emergency kit that you can toss in your car makes … Continue reading