Monthly Archives: December 2011

Plots & Characters

  A long time ago when I was writing my second book, one the characters I was trying to manipulate into committing a heinous crime said to me, “You can’t make me do that.” This might seem surprising, an invented … Continue reading

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Closure

  Five weeks ago the small post office that has served my community since the 1950s closed. There was no fanfare or good-bye party, just a printed sign on the door telling customers to go to another facility a couple … Continue reading

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On Writing (Again)

  I love writing. I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid—five years old, to be exact—and it has been the mainstay of my life. Every serious job I’ve had has involved putting my thoughts and opinions on … Continue reading

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Memory

  It has been six days since my doctor declared me cancer-free, and my, how quickly one forgets… Which, I suppose, is a blessing. If we could remember every fear, every scrape and scratch and anguish, we’d most likely never … Continue reading

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Solstice

  Today is the solstice, the shortest day of the year and my personal favorite 24 hours. I love the pagan implications, the circumference of seasons; it is the beginend. A lovely word.   My friend Kim Peter has for … Continue reading

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Cancer Free

  And so I am healed. The call came in Friday at 1:17 p.m. when the good doctor Katz told me the second surgery had been successful. No residuals cancer cells. No chemotherapy. The affected tissue was no longer host … Continue reading

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We’re Alone. No We’re Not. Oh, What the Hell…

My friend David D, an app mogul, computer wunderkind, NASA Ambassador and tireless proponent of science and space exploration, has a theory. We are mechanical beings, he thinks, miraculously though not divinely sentient, and he proposes that future research will … Continue reading

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