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About first50

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

Jacks

Allison slammed the showrunner’s door. “Why did you hire that ass Jason? I can’t write with him and neither can anyone else in the writer’s room!” Allison, red in the face and breathing hard, propped hands on hips and waited … Continue reading

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Tire

The adults used the tires to build things – useful things: walls, shoes, containers of many sizes and shapes, stairways. The children made toys of the tires when they weren’t pressed into service helping to cut the thick rubber into … Continue reading

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Skates

Nowadays skaters stand on boards. Inline skates have replaced the four-wheel clip-on skates I learned to whiz around on. My neighbor exercises on inline skates. Up one side of the block and down the other. Then do it again. On … Continue reading

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Dinner

Four years of college, four years of two packages of Ramen for dinner, four years of swearing that food would be rich, meaty and fresh in the future. Now that the future was here, now that a job was here, … Continue reading

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Lunch

The lunch of my childhood was a study in what not to eat. Fried bologna. (Fried in bacon grease left over from breakfast.) White bread slathered with mayonnaise. A huge stack of salt-laden potato chips. A glass of whole milk. … Continue reading

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Breakfast

I used to wake up starving when I was a kid. Now I wake up wanting coffee. Okay. Needing coffee. I own up to the addiction. Breakfast can wait. Breakfast is mainly something I eat so the coffee and the … Continue reading

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Hallelujah

She smiled at the class. “Hallelujah, brethern,” she said. “You just finished a working web site.” A couple of the class members smiled back at her joke. She went on to detail everything they had accomplished in the last few … Continue reading

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Glory

For my photography book “Glory” I went to the poorest places in America. I took photos of people and places that reflected the glory of the human spirit not matter how squalid the circumstances of life. It is my favorite … Continue reading

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Sing

Sing of retreating darkness, Sing of light, Sing of buds Bursting yellow. Sing of birds Singing themselves home. Sing of blue air and warm sun, Sing of life. Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic … Continue reading

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Start

Writing is like playing. You’re slouched on the couch, bored. You can’t figure out what to do next. Get up, go where your writing tools are, pick a word and start. Make a choice, pick a color. Just start. Write … Continue reading

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