Gimmie That

Lately not many folks are actually sharing here on this blog. So I’m wondering if you are using the writing prompts in some other place that I don’t know about. If you are, would you tell me how? Just gimmie that much feedback, please.

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Biscuits and Gravy

There are no regional foods anymore. Everything is everywhere. You find biscuits and gravy in the motel breakfast room in the far Northwest. You find Vietnamese restaurants on every corner in central New Mexico. Food is no longer seasonal, either. Everything is available all the time. The world is too much with us.

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The Zoo

Butler reunion Sept. 2017

Sunday was zoo day for me. I went to the Oregon Zoo where a giraffe found something delectable on a tree. I found the green canopy, the ferns, the moss, and the huge trees delectable, because I spend most of my time in the desert. Green is good for your eyes and your soul is what I feel every time I’m in the Pacific Northwest. There I am reminded what rain can do to a landscape.

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Why I Write

There have always been a lot of things in my head that never get said out loud. But I write them down. My friends think I’m a quiet person. Actually, it’s just that I don’t know anyone who wants to listen to me talk about the things I’m interested in. So I write them down.

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The Winners

Were the winners in last night’s Emmy awards show your favorites? I was happy about some of the winners but disappointed about others. The most thrilling part of the event to me was when Margaret Atwood walked out onto the stage when “Handmaid’s Tale” won best series. Without a writer’s imagination, television would be nothing but news. What a horrifying prospect.

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Maybe

Maybe the increasing level of storms and wildfires and earthquakes are not the fault of human behavior. Maybe things will settle down in the future even if we don’t change our behavior. Maybe years from now the planet will still support human life. Or, maybe we should wake up and do something about the situation.

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Migrate

Drafting

Certain birds can fly 7000 miles nonstop to reach a different place to live for part of the year. Yet people cannot migrate to a better place with such ease. They are tied to land, houses, jobs. If a house is in a flood plain, destined to be under water because of rising oceans, people cannot just flap away like birds. Free range humans don’t exist anymore.

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You Want Facts with That?

People feel so much empathy when situations come up like Hurricane Harvey dumping so much water on Texas. But the same people don’t want facts with that. They don’t want to acknowledge why we’re having 500 year storms, 1000 year storms, every year now. They don’t want to deal with the facts.

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Desert Rain

Outside my window there was just a desert rain. It lasted about 2 minutes. It made dots in the dust on the windshields of all the cars on the street. It plinked on the skylights of the flat roofs. It didn’t get the ground or the sidewalk damp. When the weather forecast says scattered showers in the desert, this is what you get.

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Favorite

Emily Saliers, half of the Indigo Girls, is talking on NPR right now about her first solo album. It got me started thinking about favorite bands over the years. I loved Fleetwood Mac and Gloria Estefan and Dianne Schuur. I just loved women’s voices of all kinds.

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