Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friends and Neighbors

Always the cautious type when it comes to people outside the family, Mom treasures her privacy – especially where neighbors are concerned. She makes friends easily enough, but holds to the adage that “Good fences make good neighbors.” Neighbors might overhear a family argument … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Ava Paxton

  When my daughter Sarah was in college, she received a compliment from a family member on a piece she had written. It was not a major project – in fact it could have been a simple note inside a … Continue reading

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Lavender Fields

Photo by L. Zoob, 2011 “Ah, to see and know joy in such natural simplicity!” – Iris Lee Underwood, Poet, Essayist, Lavender Farmer

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No Thank You

   I love giving gifts. I will never be one of those shoppers who plucks a handful of gift cards from a carousel at CVS on Christmas Eve. I have never joined the crowd of bargain hunters out before dawn … Continue reading

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Doing Without

This is a piece I worked on in August 2011, at the Star Island Writers Workshop with writers and teachers Joyce Maynard and Robert Bausch. Joyce taught me the value of short, concice pieces – that sometimes, a rambling beginning squanders … Continue reading

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Another Woman’s House – Memoir

   To this day, my mother doesn’t know my husband Mike was married twice before. She has asked her share of “none of your business” questions over the years, most of which I answer. But I knew what her opinion would … Continue reading

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“A woman with a pen is a dangerous thing.” – Margo LaGattuta

  Photo: Margo LaGattuta 1942 – 2011 I have been blessed with wonderful writing teachers. You’re sure to hear of each of them, in time, but this first blog post is to honor one of them, Margo Lagattuta. Margo died a … Continue reading

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