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Revelations in the Night – The Ink Well Creative Writing Challenge – The Stuff of Which Dreams are Made

Three years ago I wrote this in response to a prompt from The Ink Well. source: my mom’s King James Bible, 1950-ish The Ink Well Creative Writing Challenge – The Stuff of Which Dreams are Made Revelations in the Night … Continue reading

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DeMello vs “Buddha’s Office: The Ancient Art of Waking Up While Working Well” by Dan Zigmond

“BUDDHA NEVER WORKED A DAY IN HIS LIFE,” Dan Zigmond tells us–and you may think “what a sweeping generalization” about a “pampered prince” who left his riches behind to become a wandering monk and spiritual teacher, “all without ever earning … Continue reading

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Calling on fans of Good Morning, Young Lady (1953 novel by Ardyth Kennelly)

“Good Morning, Young Lady” by Ardyth Kennelly is the only book I’ve read more than a dozen times. At age 12 I got my hands on this musty old hardcover, dust jacket missing, after my mom’s stepmother died. Did she … Continue reading

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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood brings Shakespeare’s Tempest to life but Mona Awad misses the boat with All’s Well

Six years ago, I read and loved this book so much, I continue to recommend and gave it the highest tribute: buying a copy for friends. One said she never would have picked this one up after seeing how dark … Continue reading

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A Worm in My Salad, please! (or “Bugs on the Menu”)  

A Worm in My Salad, please! (or “Bugs on the Menu”)  by Carol Kean was first published by Perihelion Science Fiction ezine in 2015. NOBODY LIKES ME, EVERYBODY hates me, think I’ll go eat worms? Good idea. You’ll feel better, … Continue reading

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Country Roads

Dirt was a fact of our childhood. Digging in the garden, working in the field, running barefoot down dusty roads and coming back coated in off-white. Earth, Wind and Fire, too, though we have no old snapshots, no videos, that … Continue reading

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The Token Irishman

With St. Patrick’s Day only three weeks away, I had to revisit this story, which began as a 5-Minute Freewrite at Steemit in response to the prompt “token.” I had so much fun with it. Of course my son, part … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of Separation, Hopeless Habits, Saints Alive

There really is a Saint Corona, and she is reputed to be the patron saint of pandemics. Thank you, Cory McNaughton of Steemit, for pointing that out to me after I posted this a year ago, when the pandemic had only … Continue reading

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Down Freedom River by Joseph Green: a narrative of nation-building and cruelly extinguishing black entrepreneurs

With #BlackLivesMatter in the news again, and nation on fire over police brutality and racial issues, this novel is suddenly more timely than ever. Free blacks ruled over their own territory in Florida, in the early 1800s. Who knows what … Continue reading

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“The truth is best told in the guise of fiction” – Carol Kean

“It’s only fiction,” my husband has told me for years, but, but, it’s never “only fiction.” The truth is all too often told in the guise of fiction. Different names, different dates and details, but same sad story happening in our … Continue reading

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