Gifts for Writers

Gifts for Writers

I know, I know, you’ve been wracking your brain, trying to figure out gifts for the writers in your life. Believe me, it’s a problem. Even if you ask a writer what they’d like for a gift, they’ll probably answer with, “Huh?” It’s an old story, getting lost in the...

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Inspiration for a Lifetime

Inspiration for a Lifetime

The holidays have started and the end of the year is nigh, the perfect time to reflect on the people who’ve inspired me, especially the ones who’ve given the gift of inspiration for a lifetime. Her name was Miss Hyatt when she came to our school the year I was in...

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Civics Crisis USA

Civics Crisis USA

Of the many disturbing aspects of the recent US presidential election, to me one of the most upsetting is the failure of nearly half of the electorate to exercise their right to vote. I’ve wondered out loud about this phenomenon, only to be told that poor voter...

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Pandora for Today

Pandora for Today

Given the week’s events (which I freely admit have left me feeling like I’ve been slapped in the face, hard), I’m compelled to examine the myth of Pandora. Her story entered my consciousness weeks ago when current events pushed me to contemplate the world and its...

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A Matter of Security

A Matter of Security

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine was complaining about a security checkpoint he had to pass through on his way into Disneyland. Armed security guards were on the scene and people’s bags were being screened at tables set up in front of the entrance. His first...

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In Case of Birthday, Please Send Case

In Case of Birthday, Please Send Case

No, this is not a plea for a case of wine (though that would be thoughtful and appreciated). Next week is my birthday, never mind which one. About a month ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for my special day. I immediately requested a case of cat food. Yes, cat...

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