Author Archives: first50

About first50

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

Refresh

What is the best way to refresh yourself when you’re hot, tired, and thirsty? A shower and a very cold beer? A lemonade and a splash of water on your face? I favor a big class of water and a … Continue reading

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Today

Today looked to be just another day – same old, same old. I backed out of the garage with happy unawareness. As soon as I turned down the alley I learned that my day was going to be very different. … Continue reading

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Please Remit

It was such a depressing day. Then she opened the mail – the hospital bill. It was several pages long. At the bottom where it said “Please Remit” the number was probably more money than she would make in her … Continue reading

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Faded

Even behind glass, the colors have faded. After all these years, you almost can’t make out what the images is. Mere outlines of formerly bright spots and shapes remain. Someone was proud enough of this image to frame it, save … Continue reading

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Hawk Heaven

We call the arroyo next to our neighborhood the “wildlife preserve” because it teems with rabbits and roadrunners, the occasional coyote, and now a half dozen Cooper’s hawks. They hang out in the same scraggly tree every morning. They fly … Continue reading

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Virus Protector

The virus protector was heavy and awkward on my head. The breathing tube made my mouth dry. I hated wearing it. I was out of the city, high in the mountains, away from all human activity. Surely it would be … Continue reading

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Morning Person

Are you that person? The one who strides energetically into the day, smiling and saying “Good morning” to everyone with enthusiasm? Or can you be that person with enough coffee inside you? If you take a bit longer to wake … Continue reading

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Roadrunner

The windows were still open. Soon I would have to close them against the day’s heat. I walked to the back and heard a strange ‘thunk, thunk’. There it was again. ‘Thunk, thunk.’ Peering around the back yard I finally … Continue reading

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Pulp Fiction

I had a flash back to the book covers of lesbian pulp fiction from the 50s earlier today. Remember when things were hidden and secret and talked about only in whispers? That was before the Internet, obviously. Now everything is … Continue reading

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Long Weekend

She thought about the best way to treat the long weekend. Should she go somewhere for a getaway? A nice hotel with a hot tub and a good restaurant nearby would be fun. Or maybe she should stay home, catch … Continue reading

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