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About first50

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

Swallowed by the Forest

Here’s the deal. You park in one of the lots in the foothills. You follow the trail from that spot up into the forest. You stay on the trail and when you come back down, you’re at the right parking … Continue reading

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Ant

The monster ants of summer are here. Most people who have trouble with ants get those tiny ones parading through the kitchen, but not me. Nope, I get these lone monsters who are big enough to carry off a shoe. … Continue reading

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The Canal

Every summer the canal ran full of dark brown water rushing through the center of town on the way to farms. I stood on the bridges and watched it with fascination. One morning I got off my bike, climbed down … Continue reading

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Road Trip

Do you get out on the highway for a road trip once in a while? I think it’s good for the spirit to get away from the buildings and concrete and asphalt and just drive through the country. It’s a … Continue reading

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37

I just wanted to marinate some chicken thighs, maybe cook them on the George Foreman. But there were 37 different kinds of marinades on the grocery shelf and I was having a crisis of choice. Sweet, tangy, hot, traditional – … Continue reading

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A Funeral for Books

On “Orange is the New Black” they got bedbugs. The burned all the mattresses and all the books. The shelves in the library were empty, people. Tastee, Poussey and others who loved books held a funeral for the books. They … Continue reading

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Yes

Like an improv star, she said yes to everything. She was 100% positive. She never gave a negative response. She never pointed out the reasons why someone else was wrong, mistaken, foolish or a moron. She simply went forward dealing … Continue reading

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Bare Chested

My water aerobics class is full of old farts like me. The men, of course, enter the water bare chested. Some of the men have bigger boobs than the women, but the women are all securely covered up. Some of … Continue reading

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The Speed of Thought

The world changes at the speed of thought. If you are having trouble tying your thoughts to the discussion of racism now going on in America, may I suggest the book “Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism” as … Continue reading

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Baby, Baby

“All she wants is for me to have a baby. She doesn’t even notice that I’m with you when we visit and not a man. Baby, baby, baby. It’s all she talks about.” I shook my head. “Look, she’s your … Continue reading

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