Monthly Archives: January 2009

AWFUL FIRST PARAGRAPHS Contest WINNER

As usual it was very difficult to pick a winner however I think Sasha Blinstein won it by a (nose) hair. Majestic rose the imperial tall ship, riding the waves, cresting, like twin draft horses plowing a deep furrow, driving … Continue reading

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DO (OR D.I.Y.)

In eighth grade I was barely twelve and I was in love with the most beautiful boy. His initials were DL and his last name (much like my Lucy Factor) meant ‘the light’. He was as pretty as a girl … Continue reading

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PUFFED-UP POMPOSITY

I think there is a natural inclination once a writer is published to think to herself that there is nothing now that is unknown about the process of writing well and concisely. Looking at glossy stacks of your own book … Continue reading

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THE BEST TIME

VERSUS THE ONLY TIME TO WRITE. I’ve figured it out. If I had my way (ha!) I would roll out of my bed shortly after dawn, stagger over to my computer and plunge in. No coffee, perhaps a few essential … Continue reading

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WIN SPRINTS

Back in Berkeley when I trained as a boxer I used to run 3 miles a day. My knees twinge just thinking about it! Our house overlooked a park –and lest you’re imagining a Central Park kind of scenario let … Continue reading

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THE REAL ARTIST IN THE FAMILY

Here’s a story Milo (age 6) wrote and illustrated. It’s a dark tale full of tragedy. Hope you enjoy it! ////////////////////////////////////////////////

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THE KISS OF DEATH

Ok, I’m going to annoy some people here so let me say that I sincerely don’t mean to. I am not griping, I am not complaining, I am just wondering aloud. Too loudly perhaps since this musing is going off … Continue reading

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ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES

This is not a NY’s resolution sort of a blog. I try to deal with my personal battles and foibles and slightly unpleasant character flaws all year not just on the one day when I am quite possibly not at … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR CAT DRAWINGS

My son just did these two drawings and they just make me happy so I thought I’d post them. Happy New Year! ////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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