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Z, why is eaZy so hard?

Z, why is eaZy so hard?

On being half-ass, and why is Easy so Hard?! And reminding my other half, in 2015,  that this was his club, and he needs to re-subscribe! The Half-Ass Club circa 1998 It’s about getting started because you can always quit. . . . Meeting an offbeat, grass-chewing southern boy, and driving in his spluttering convertible around the streets of Santa Monica, was a hoot. Kent was...

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Y, whY Blog?

Y, whY Blog?

I am so grateful for this article, The Value of Writing Programs: On Why I Don’t Have an M.F.A., by Hannah Gersen. WhY? Because today I was going to spend my second-last day of the A to Z Blog Challenge talking about whY I blog, whY I don’t generally ‘promote’ it, whY people write, and at what point should we declare ourselves, ‘Writers’. And really, Hannah...

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X, eXtemporaneous

X, eXtemporaneous

Had to re-post this one, from 2013. + I'm eXhausted by this a to z blog challenge. ~~~ I climb in bed knowing I’ve volunteered to write 2-300 words for the Write on Mamas A-Z Blog Challenge. In the almost-asleep realm that is half-thinking and half-dreaming, I hear the familiar Seinfeld riff. And I am Jerry Seinfeld, on set, reading a directorial note from Larry David. In one minute I have...

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W, Wellington

W, Wellington

11 March 2015 An ocean of cloud below the SoundsAir twelve-seater airplane, the J24 racing boat of the skies, defined my transition. Yet another transition – internally (see, say, this post), and logistically: from a slow pace through baking wineries and majestic waterways surrounding Blenheim, to the shadowed bluster of Wellington, New Zealand. Blenheim, Marlborough, is the north tip...

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V, Vinyl

V, Vinyl

Follow me to the land of croon Falsetto harmonies like milk   Not satellite, not iTunes I sit and stare What a thing, to watch sound   Around it goes, stirring static and silk   Sit with me with a mindful ear Soon folded, smoothed by a Mix_master of old   Before long   I, too go around   thick like cream, as it lays me...

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U, tween Under fire

U, tween Under fire

~~ ~~~ Lithe long-legged colt Fine hairs tell-tale Augur The battle within ~~ Long bones creak membranes silken folds deepen mounds billow delicate miracles synchronized ~~ Impatience smolders ~~~ Temper an ambush Attitude the artillery Impudence the battle ground ~ Innocence in defeat ~~ This is Eleven ~~ © Robyn T....

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