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Archive for September, 2012

PROMPTuesday #205: High School

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

  I gave it away in the title, but for the tired or coffee-lacking, today’s writing prompt is “high school.”   One of the most heartbreaking high school laments for me is Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen.” And now that I have two daughters of my own, my heart positively bursts at the thought they’ll feel […]



My First Job: Not a Bowl Full of Cake

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

  This is a re-post. My daughter asked me about my first job today and I was happy to share all the sordid details.   “It’s time,” my mom announced at the dinner table, and I knew just what she meant. For months, she’d insisted I look for a job and that evening over the […]



PROMPTuesday #204: Cause and Effect

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Let’s do a classic writing prompt today, shall we?   I’ll get us started with a line and you can complete the story:   She grabbed my arm as I opened the door. “Will we ever be friends again?”   I shook my head when I replied as kindly as I could. “I like you. […]



Keep Going

Monday, September 17th, 2012

  I’ve always known I’d be a writer in some capacity or another, even if only in my head. I’d love to make my living wielding words, and to some extent, I have, but I’m still not quite in the sun-splashed writer’s loft I’ve imagined since the third grade. Every day, I see that nooks […]



PROMPTuesday #203: Autumn

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

  I love fall’s first snap, even in Southern California. It’s a slowing, a storing up, a softening I look forward to every year.   The blue skies mute imperceptibly at first, the light looks like an impressionist painting. There’s a barely noticeable chill that lends itself to visions of fireplaces, hot cocoa, good books […]



Whole Foods Salad Initiative (Or, My Mom’s Lame Lunch)

Friday, September 7th, 2012

My mom packed bad lunches. Instead of Ho-Hos, Twinkies, and soda pop, us kids got granola, bananas, and the ever popular date bread with low-fat cream cheese filling. Sitting at recess nibbling a super lame salmon pattie, I’d covet my friends’ Wonder Bread bologna sandwiches with yellow mustard and feel like the biggest geek on […]



Grammar* Dos and Don’ts (Part 1)

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Proper usage of words such as “it’s versus its,” and more.