Archive | December 2011

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Similes, Metephors and the Color Purple

Similes and metaphors are all part of a writers pallet. An author wields a descriptive brush, gathering up the appropriate pigment with which to paint their next picture.  The medium is one of words but a picture is painted nonetheless. Dense, cold, jagged grief hung from his heart like a block of wet clay mixed […]

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In My Write Mind

Merry Christmas.  The packages have been torn into and the wrapping paper cleared away.  Our gifts are stacked up under the tree. I hope your morning was as chaotic and laughter-filled as ours.It is appropriate today to appreciate not just on the gifts that sit beneath the pine boughs in our family room, but also […]

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A Stocking Stuffer

It’s almost Christmas.  Just three more shopping days (counting today).  No words of advice this time, but I have written a short holiday story exclusively for today’s post.  This is something new for me.  I haven’t tried my hand at the short story format before (and this one’s very short—just 1,300 words). This is also […]

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Food for Thought

People can be divided into two camps when it comes to food; those who live to eat and those who eat to live.  I am firmly entrenched in the first, and I pity those who merely view food as a means to stay alive.  I don’t want to just digest food, I want to relish […]

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At a Loss for Words

My mother passed away last February.  It was a difficult time for our family to say the least.  It continues to be difficult nearly a year later. Her voice is still on my father’s cell phone. I heard it again just the other week when I was bumped to his voice mail and was surprised […]

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The Power of Doubt

There are times when I reach a crisis of faith.  Faith in myself.  I’m going through one right now. I look at what I have written and much of it feels wholly inadequate.  There are times that I think of myself as unqualified to dispense advice.  I sometimes wonder if I am just making a […]

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A Stamp of Disapproval

The US Postal Service is in big trouble, on the verge of bankruptcy. They are closing processing centers and proposing a move from six days of mail delivery down to five.  That’s sad news.  Not that they’re downsizing, I’m all for one less day of junk mail and five pounds of catalogs.  I’m sad about […]

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