Dear Dad…

A locally owned restaurant near me is sponsoring a Father’s Day contest: write a letter to your dad–150 words or less–sharing what  makes him so great. Whether or not I win the free dinner for four, I thought this was a great opportunity to tell my dad how special he is. I have to admit, it’s not easy to fit into 150 words. Dear Dad, You may not know it, but I am one of your biggest fans. Sometimes we focus on the rough spots of life, the mistakes along the way. But there are so many things you did right. These
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The Rocker

When I was a little girl, I had a rocking chair. Okay, that’s not true—as my older sister would quickly remind me. She had a rocker. But the one you could find in that chair most of the time, rocking away, alive in her imagination, was me. It’s the place where I dreamed up my best ideas—stories, projects, artwork, schemes, experiments, and contraptions. The day my dad told me I was too big to sit in that rocker anymore was not my best day. (I had to be told a few more times after that…) And in the years that
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News Parody: Sunshine Appears in Midwest; Crowds Flock to Witness

At 8:14 this morning, Bonnie Ray of Riley, Ohio had an other-worldly experience. “Suddenly, there was this bright light, streaming through the window, filling the room with this beautiful, yellow light. I stood, frozen. I wanted to call out to my husband, Harold, but I was too afraid.” “Did you know what was happening?” I asked her. “I just assumed aliens.” “I came in a moment later,” Harold explained, “and she was shaking like mad. I pulled my arms around her, holding her tight and explained that it was only sunlight.” He paused before adding, “I remembered it from when I was
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Smoothies: Coffee Replacement and Recipe for Good Writing

An avid coffee drinker since I was old enough to walk and steal sips out of mom’s cup when she wasn’t looking, I could argue the merits of coffee till the end of time…or my time anyway. But unfortunately, I’ve learned with time that coffee has as many bad effects as it has good. One of the worst–that doctors don’t have to tell us about: caffeine crash. So what do we do? We drink more. Eventually, we crash hard enough that we have to give in and get some sleep. The trouble: whether you realize it or not, drinking coffee during the day is
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Happy Earth Day!

Here are a few ways I plan on celebrating: With Free Coffee. Starbucks and Caribou are giving out freebies if you bring your own mug. Supposedly coffee’s linked to the Age of Enlightenment (is that a myth?) and I’ve got a lot of writing I want to do, so why not? (Besides, with the tiredness that has set in with Graves’ Disease, I need it! See my article, “I’m a Walking Zombie” for more details.) Write without Printing. There are plenty of drafts I don’t print. But at a certain point, I feel it’s important to print because I see things on
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