DEAR fill in the blank

What do you think of when you see a wall of post office boxes?

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I wonder about the recipients – who they are, what kind of mail they get besides bills, catalogs, and birthday cards…

Dear Ice Berg,

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How many more times must the sun set before you fill a glass from my kitchen faucet? Continue reading

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KNOCK! KNOCK!

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The folks at Daily Press – and man do they have a fun way of inspiring awareness with their weekly photo challenge.
When I set out this week with the intention of recognizing the color orange, the fog lifted and all sorts of things suddenly popped from the landscape.

Knock! Knock!
Who’s there?
ORANGE

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IN CELEBRATION

10997722_10206329591141422_9000878684943843140_oWhen my writers’ group, which I still fondly refer to as Seven Chicks On A Sunday Afternoon, decided that we needed a name, the Write Now Salon was born. The WriNoS (wait till they hear that one) gather once a month and party free write to champagne prompts prepared by our group’s facilitator the beautiful and talented Laurie Lessen Reiche – painter, poet, photographer.

As anyone who has done a free write knows, some strange *$%&# gets put down on paper when you hand your muse a pen and set her loose for five minutes, especially when your favorite body part is the subject and the jump-off line is written in bold print:

In celebration of my bellybutton, I must tell you first about my toes. Continue reading

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WHEN RAVEN CALLS

FullSizeRender-1Raven clings to the towering worn-out 
pine like a shining star still snagged 
on last December's holiday tree.

But
    does he truly cling?

Perhaps it's simpler -
                       more effortless.

Perhaps he's merely perched,
perusing his neighbors' welcoming 
their day.

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WORDSMITH 101*

write-bookWelcome to Wordsmith 101. In much the same way as a personal trainer’s fortitude and determination sculpts slabs of sagging flesh into taught, defined muscle and the swordsmith’s attention to detail forges a molten lump of steel into a keen, sturdy blade, so does a wordsmith wield the mighty pen and fashion clumps of nouns, verbs, and adjectives into a vibrant spectacle you can smell, see, hear, and taste from the comfort of your beach chair. Continue reading

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DR. SEUSS SAID IT BEST…

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

So, I’m going to make it short and sweet.

Today is ibgdposterlargeThe challenge?
Getting a book into the hands of as many children as possible.
New, used, shiny, or worn –
your favorites from childhood, or something currently trending, like

Spread the joy of story.
It’s aFullSizeRenderuh, I mean, STUPENDOUS! feeling.

First Books does a nice job, if you need a recommendation.

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SCALE

Every Friday the folks at The Daily Post generate a themed photo challenge. This week’s ‘SCALE’ took me back to a trip we made in the summer of 2009 to the Ilulissat Ice Fjord in Greenland. To know that these ancient mountains of ice have completely dissolved by now is flabbergasting…

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