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Packing Mom

Monday, December 12th, 2016

(Note: I wrote this three years ago, before my mother died.) My 90-year-old mother brought a kazoo with her when she moved to assisted living a few months ago. We […]


REV UP YOUR WRITING FOR FALL

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Happy end of summer.  I hope you’ve kept cool and perhaps got away somewhere nice. Now that it’s back-to-school time, it’s a good time to start thinking afresh about your […]


TITLE 9

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Because I was a girl before Title 9 When I crashed to the floor playing volleyball in tenth grade And sprained my right ankle and nobody Took me to the […]


C’MON, DO YOU EVER SAY “AS PER” OUT LOUD?

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Here’s how a letter from a financial institution to a recipient designated only as “Customer,” starts: “As per our telephone discussion: Listed below are the documents needed by us in […]


Some Troublesome Phrases You Probably Use

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

IF YOU WRITE, “IF YOU EVER HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CALL . . . “ YOU’D BETTER BE PRETTY DARN BRILLIANT AND AVAILABLE 24/7 The ending of […]


My crush

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

I’m 60-years old, and happily married to the perfect guy for me. We have a terrific daughter, a paid-for house, two serviceable cars, satisfying careers, great friends, something of a […]


Use it as an adjective, not a noun

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

I was shopping downtown the other day when a tattered young woman approached me, a paper cup in her hand, her eyes averted, and asked, “Will you help the homeless?” […]


10 Reasons Why Writers Should Keep Journals

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Journals are a great place to deal with rejection. (They’re also a great place to bask in your success.) You can choose to use a journal as a space to […]


Do Not Hesitate to Call

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

If you write, “If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call…” you’d better be pretty darn brilliant and available 24/7. The ending of this letter from an […]


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