A Twisty Juxtaposition for Writing 101

This is my official last report and the last time I have to sit on this stinkin' stoop watching for action at Mrs. Pauley’s place. I can’t believe this finally happened…it’s about bloody time. They finally caught up with that evil witch thanks to me. I told my boss where she put the Mister's heart. …

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Writing 101: Fear of Fear

What do I fear?  Writing 101 prompts us to write in a style different from our own. Things I fear from retiring at age 55: I fear I will lose…friends, family, funds. I fear I will become…fat, frumpy, feebleminded and foolish. I fear failure and fries… yes, fries! BUT, With a leap of faith, And …

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The Cost of Free Writing

Like the image and quote suggest, writing can be like bleeding. I am constantly in awe of writers who can whip out a flash fiction for a writing prompt like my blogging buddy and friend, PJ from Beautiful Words. Or another fellow blogger who writes amazing stories in the Fantasy and Sci-fi genre, Phoenix Grey. …

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My Oreo Lives Forever: The Journey

This post marks my final installment of the life of my dog, Oreo and wraps up the three-part Writing 101 assignment, Serially Lost. To catch up, please read the prequel about Oreo and the story of I Lost My Oreo. Oreo’s life went on as it does for any dog. Oreo spent long days in the …

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Dear Dock: What if You Never Existed?

I have written about the Sacramento State University’s Aquatic Center before. Here is a new twist on the writing 101 prompt. I am combining Day 14 and 15. Dear Dock, The Sacramento community is surrounded by lakes and two major rivers. It gets very hot here in the summertime, some days reaching up to 110 …

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Borrowing Freedom

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom” ― Helen Thompson The Writing 101 prompt asked us to write about where we lived at age 12. In 1972, I was 12 years old. I was raised mostly in the East County area of San Diego except for two years when we moved to the Portland, Oregon …

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I Found My Oreo: The Early Years

The back-story of our beloved dog Oreo begins here. In a previous post, I wrote about how we lost our Oreo. Two years after my divorce, my youngest daughter still longed for the dogs we had when her dad was still here. Being a newly-single mother of two young daughters, with no monetary help whatsoever, …

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A Twisted Tale for Writing 101

Once Upon a Time… The old woman cackled gleefully as she reached to rub her hands together, nearly dropping her knitting. Regina sat again on the same park bench for the third week in a row, patiently waiting for the couple to appear. Now that the day was here, she made sure her small fruit …

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Sunday Dinner: Writing 101

I have fond memories of Sunday dinners at my grandparents’ house in Lemon Grove, a suburb of San Diego. We only lived about a mile away, so every Sunday for several years, we would drive over to their house in the late afternoon and visit until dinner was ready. When we were much younger, my …

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The Starbucks’ Hour: Writing 101

Conversation flows, coffee brews, barista steams. Age knows no bounds here--people of all ages just talk, while sipping their drinks of choice. Three groups of college students negotiate their homework, all the while texting. Why engage in a group if all look down at their phones? Older Baby Boomers discuss the subjects of the day, …

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To Sail or to SUP, That is the Question

Two young men sat on a wooden bench gazing at the water. Windsurfers, they were waiting anxiously for the wind to start blowing. Their scraggly, bleach-blonde hair hung limply under their ball caps. “Hey dude,” said Jerry, “Think it’s gonna blow today?” “Not sure, man,” replied Jacob. “There’s not even a wind shadow.” “Bummer,” said …

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Windsurf Wonder Woman

The petite woman with her long blonde ponytail floats in a supine position with her heels on the windsurf board, her hands firmly holding the boom of the sail, patiently waits for the gust of wind to pull her up onto her board. An accomplished windsurf sailor since the early 1970s, she embodies the modern …

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Writing 101: Tax Time

Walking back to our car from dinner tonight, we saw an envelope on the ground, near a hedge. "Huh, look at this." I said to my husband. "It looks like a letter; here, let me see." he replied. The letter is addressed to the California Franchise Tax Board, but there is no return address and no …

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Oreo-Loved-the Delta

I Lost My Oreo

Oreo was my beloved 14-year old Springer Spaniel-Australian Shepherd mix. He was 12-weeks old when he and his twin brother were brought to the SPCA. My daughters and I had just gotten a Chow puppy and were taking him home when we saw the cute, freckle-faced black and white pups. The next day, I came …

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I’ve Got the Music In Me

Day three of Writing 101 asked us to write about three of the most important songs in our lives and why they are meaningful. Now that Easter has just passed, a song that holds deep meaning for me is “In Christ Alone.” Although strong in my Christian faith, I still fall short every day. Too …

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