Share the Wealth

It’s so dry here everything crackles. The humidifier runs constantly. Yet just a few miles from here there’s flooding or snow several feet deep. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to even that out? Perhaps if we stopped pouring carbon into the air things would even out a bit. Is anyone ready to do that?

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A Curated Life

Years ago someone said to me, “We all have our own cross to bear.” That made so much sense to me and has always been a guiding principle in my life. The other day I saw someone tweet that people were struggling with all the things they weren’t tweeting. Same thought, but it makes me aware of how we curate our lives these days. We present only parts of ourselves on Facebook or Twitter and hide the rest. We’re so public but at the same time, we’re so private. We’re still bearing our crosses, even in a world some consider completely without privacy.

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Kick Some Ass

When I had surgery my grandson gave me a get well card. All it said was kick some ass. It was an inspiring message and I tried to be a kick ass patient during my recovery. I think it worked. Kicking ass isn’t just about being an action star in a violent movie. It’s about being a leader, a voice, an organizer and and example. Go kick some ass.

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Passive

My brain works in passive voice. Words fall onto the page in passive voice. I finish a first draft and spend the next 17 sweeps through it changing verbs. I never fix them all. I don’t even see them. What’s your writing bugaboo?

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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 are here

Hey, you. Yes, you, reading this. You are here. You are interested in writing. Why not write something? It doesn’t have to be the world’s greatest 50 words, it just has to be something. Write something, anything. That’s what strengthens that writing muscle. That’s what frees your monkey mind from being so critical. Just write!

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Jill

All the simple names for girls are out of style: Ann, Jane, Jill, Sue. Popular names now are hard to pronounce and spelled in unusual ways. How did that get started? Women wanting something unique for their kid? Something to make them special? Bring back simple.

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Nuts

How did one of the best foods ever invented by Mother Nature come to signify mental illness? I say we reclaim the word and apply it to nutrition and heart health. Nuts are too important to be associated with an idiot like the current nut at the head of the government.

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Sunshine

We crave sunshine, light, rooms with windows. We like the warm sun on our backs on a winter day. The burning sun on our backs on a day over 100 degrees is a bit of a problem. If you’re lucky you can stay inside on days like that, hoping the air conditioner doesn’t break. That walk in the early morning is the best summer sunshine for me.

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