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T, Truthiness

T, Truthiness

Teetotaling, Tennesee Williams and a Trip to Echo Falls. It was the perfect time to attend the Tennesee Williams Festival, right as I was steeped in the book TRIP TO ECHO FALLS and its crisscrossed stories of alcoholic writers and the cities they lived in. Tennessee Williams, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Chaucer, Cheever. New York, New Orleans, Key West, Seattle. British author, Olivia Laing starts her...

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S, Shades of Grey

S, Shades of Grey

Here is a re-post (times two) of my flirt with Fifty Shades of Grey ~~~ 4/24/12   Picking up a copy of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, was like Regis Philbin buying crack with a bag of quarters. I slunk into Barnes and Noble, chosen for its size and the chance of an anonymous purchase. Collar up, I scoured the best selling racks, the fiction/literature section; the new authors stand....

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R, Reply

R,  Reply

Ask Yourself Who you are What fills you up Reach deep inside Pull out the good stuff Puff it Primp it Claim it Proclaim it However you can Distraction is destructive Time is deleterious Return to the motherboard To rest To philosophy Teach the children To think Conjure Smile into each other's souls Rummage Ruminate Rest in Me Recharge Get lost in a baby's smile It...

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Q, Quiet-itude

Q, Quiet-itude

Q Day on the A to Z Blog Challenge ~~ This last weekend I spent three days at a writing retreat at Green Gulch Gardens and Zen Retreat Center, a piece of paradise crouching behind the adjoining hills of Muir Beach in California. When moving around the property, we did our best to blend into the environment – matte wood and pristine sand paths, organic gardens, soft light through the fog,...

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P, Parenthood

P, Parenthood

P. Potstickers and Pina Colada’s. Prophecy, Pot Products and Pillow Talk. So many interesting options. But today on the A to Z Challenge, I have to give a shout out to my latest addiction, of the NBC variety: television drama, Parenthood. I know, I know, it’s finished, and old news to many, but I am binge watching this show (Season 4 thus far) and it really does a more than decent...

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O, Owen Meaney

O, Owen Meaney

~~~~ When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose them all at once; you lose them in pieces over a long time— the way the mail stops coming, and their scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in their closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of them that are gone. Just when the day comes— when there’s a particular missing part that...

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