Author Archives: first50

About first50

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

Go outside

Having a hard day? Go outside. Look at the sky, the clouds. Listen to the birds. Check out the flowers. Breathe. If you can take a walk, do that. The world is there, waiting to remind you that there is … Continue reading

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Solar

If The Graduate came out today, the advice given to Dustin Hoffman wouldn’t be “plastics” but “solar.” That’s where the economy needs to go, must go, will go. Countries that get there first will be the countries that survive the … Continue reading

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Orange

I was in a bend in the trail about mid-way through the 10 K course. My job was to hand out orange slices. Behind me a thick stand of trees provided welcome shade. In a quiet moment between runners, I … Continue reading

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Beauty

You realize, don’t you, that in all of nature it’s the male who has to be beautiful in order to earn the attentions of a female? Yeah, I heard that. See, that’s the flaw in human DNA. It’s all messed … Continue reading

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The World is . . .

The world is going on without us. While we have our eyes on our screens with its outrage or its latest reality show or its current fantasy world full of beautiful people – the world is going on without us. … Continue reading

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Want to come over?

When I was upset, I always called her first. No matter what the problem was, I knew I would hear, “Want to come over?” come my way. And I did. I would go over to her kitchen where she would … Continue reading

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What are You Doing?

Today I’m planning to visit the ghosts at the Fenton crypt in the old section of the cemetery. I love this group of people. They are still fighting after all these years as specters. Julie is the funniest one. She’s … Continue reading

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Where are you?

Every time I call my dad he asks, “Where are you?” I can answer that with a geographic response: “I’m at Starbucks.” Or I can give him a metaphysical answer, one he doesn’t want: “I’m lost in confusion and angry … Continue reading

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Heart

So Pluto has a heart. Is Pluto sending us a love message? Does this frozen orb want to regain its former status as a planet? Or is it simply letting the universe know that it sends friendly greetings to those … Continue reading

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The Fan Base

The base was a hunk of wood, nailed to the wall. The fan hooked there went back and forth endlessly. With each passing gust of wind, the flies rose and buzzed and hovered. When the breeze moved on temporarily, they … Continue reading

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