Write. Read. Draw. Paint. Play on Facebook.

I wrote this last Sunday. Things have happened since then. I won’t go into great detail because I told all about it on facebook. This is the gist:  Monday, I fell (actually I was pushed by my car) and got caught between the open door of my van and the cold, hard ground. Very, very bruised, and very, very sore. Had x-rays on Tuesday, but haven’t heard from the doctor, which is a good thing. It’s Friday and if anything was broken they would have let me know by now. I have pain pills and for the first couple of days …

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It’s Tuesday Again and I Haven’t Written My Blog!

These are paintings I did of Ben Luna (Edward Scissorhands) and Jake Luna (Killer Clown) in their Halloween costumes a few years ago. Halloween is THE Luna holiday. I was looking for the actual photos, but I found these first. More about Jake and Ben later in this post. There’s just too much to do, too much to do. I finished “Maggie’s Song” for CEA’s World Greatest Anthology. It’s about 5500 words, way more than I’m used to writing. And, of course, I finished the last draft and promptly lost the file! My mind was too addled at that point …

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Why do I wear what I wear?

I’m late this week. It was a crazy weekend. But, as they say, better late than never. I dress funny. I wear what some people would call a mumu. One of the kids at work asked me just last week, “Why do you always wear those night gown dresses?” Why? They’re loose and comfortable. I don’t like to be restricted. And because they’re easy to make. I sew the yoke to the rest of the dress, sew a few hems, and I’m done. I also make my own clothes because you simply can’t find store-bought clothes with the kind of …

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The floor looks empty without a big old hairy-toed dog lying on it.

Ol’ hairy-toes is gone. Pokey is wandering around the living room looking in all the empty dog beds, searching for his friend. Katsu was one hell of a dog –  an ADHD crazy crack-head bundle of pure energy – and love. Brian found him running up to moving cars on the freeway.  He opened the truck door and the black and white hairy dog jumped right in. He was obviously well cared for, and very friendly. Brian thought the best way to find the owner was to take him to the Animal Shelter. There, he was told that if the dog …

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We are now entering the Land of Ghosties…

I was very pleased with last week’s storytelling workshop with Terrance Mc Arthur. It was well attended – not to many, not too few, just the right amount. Terrance was talking about family and personal stories, and one of his “story starters” was “Your first job.” Ah, I remember it well. 1969. I was 18 years old and fresh out of high school. I was a nurse’s aide at The Clovis Nursing Home. It was on Clovis Avenue in a beautiful old house called Wolfe Manor. Wolfe Manor, sadly, was torn down recently. Built off the back of the house …

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Workshop notes for Terrance V. Mc Arthur

TELLING FAMILY STORIES: a presentation by Terrance V. Mc Arthur FINDING THE STORY Choose a Memory—Is there something you remember about a special person, place, or time?  It’s a story.  Write it down. Friends & Family—Ask questions about your family/friends.  Someone may remember what happened better than you do…or they may know the rest of the story.  Get a group together and start digging up the old times.  You may remember what you’ve forgotten…or discover things you wish you didn’t know. Diaries/Journals/Histories—Did someone write down what happened?  Study their words.  You may learn things you never knew that will surprise …

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The Birthday: A little late, but everyday is a new birthday.

The photos above: With Chris Estep at the Book Barn. He’s my own personal web designer. The second is with Lyn Meredith at Salsa’s Cantina. Ah, yes. I promised to tell you about my birthday. I went to work thinking I was working an 8 hour shift because so many people were off for graduations and honeymoons and seeing their husbands who had been deployed for 8 months. I had asked for the day off. I couldn’t be accommodated, so… I volunteered to work longer. Oh well. However… Another teacher said she would come in so I got to leave …

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No, this is not the post you were looking for.

Doc1 Yes, yes, I know I promised that this week there would be a review of Margarita Engle’s “Morningstar Horse.” I have two valid excuses for not following through with that promise. Excuse Number One: I am in the process of re-reading Morningstar Horse. I am reading slowly so as to savor the delicious imagery. Excuse Number Two: IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Sixty Six years ago, at 4:05 in the afternoon, I entered this world. My life in the previous world had just gotten too messy. I escaped just in time. Sixty Six. My, what a long time. I’ve been around …

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It’s One of Those Weird Rambling Types of Days…

I’m supposed to write a blog today. If I don’t do it now, it will be late, and I don’t think I’ve been late yet. Although I try to post by Saturday afternoon, as long as it gets posted by Sunday evening, all is well. Looks like I may just be rambling for this week. Brian headed off for a six week stay in Ireland on April 19, so I’m on my own, which mostly means not cleaning up after myself and not eating right. Someone said “Oh, your husband’s gone – you won’t have to cook!” I explained that …

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When life gives you lemons – learn to juggle!

Life has a habit of throwing lemons at me. It has done so many times. The most recent was about a year and a half ago. At work, I was assigned to work in the kitchen on a regular basis – no longer in the classroom! What? I went through all the stages of grief over the first weekend. I cried. I railed against the world. Why was this happening to me? I know I have physical problems. I can’t pick up the children. I can’t stand for very long, and I definitely can’t sit in those tiny chairs the kids …

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