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How Photography Made Me a Better Writer

A Photographic Life I grew up around cameras, not that I really did much picture taking back then. In fact, my dad was such an avid photographer, I soon grew annoyed with having a camera stuck in my face at every turn. There are probably hundreds of photos of my younger self frowning, no, scowling

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Writer’s Block: Fact or Fantasy?

I’ve never really believed in writer’s block: “Pfft,” I would say. “There’s no such thing as writer’s block. I can always write,” I would tell myself. Not saying my efforts would come to anything, but I always seemed to have something to say, literary or not. Well, guess what? Writer’s Block There are a thousand reasons why

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Spending Grief

My mother passed away in December after a terrible struggle that resulted from a number of health issues. She was eighty-seven. Some might say that she lived a full life, and some might be right, but no life, full or not, should end in so much suffering. Suffice to say, I would wish that on

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How We Crossed the Line

Because I work with young people and have a twenty-something aged daughter, I’m privy to social media culture someone of my generation wouldn’t otherwise be aware of. Most of it is fresh, funny, and gives me insight that helps me connect with my staff and with my students. This knowledge helps me understand in some

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Why Writers Shouldn’t “AI”

Image courtesy of Pixabay I have nothing against AI. Really. I think it’s helping a lot of people. I especially appreciate when writers use it to correct punctuation and grammar since quite frankly, fewer instances of semicolon abuse make me “hella” happy. I also understand how helpful AI can be in professions such as real

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For the Love of Ebooks

True confessions—I wrote this piece years ago, and after many attempts to find it a home, albeit not too enthusiastically as I lack the time to persistently send query letters, I just decided to publish here. I had a blast writing it and thought it was clever, but I’m not exactly the best judge of

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A Runner’s Guide to Starting Over

There were all the race medals I was so proud of, years of hard work, training, and memories. Some of those years, I raced with joy, feet pounding the pavement, rhythm in my heart. Others were beset with injury, pain, frustration, even heartache and tears. Then came the coronavirus and a slew of endings. Races

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Where Has All The Romance Gone?

This post is a departure from my usual style, but the need to air these thoughts comes hard on the heels of a blog post written by a friend as well as tales of some recent dating experiences from women friends of mine. Before anyone gets upset, I know there are just as many “bad/crazy”

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