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Epilepsy: 101

This is a long one, folks. I initially composed this expose in 2002. The original version was later published in the United Disabilities Association magazine, Kaleidoscope. Although I changed many participants’ names, the events and coincidences portrayed are real. My intent in writing the piece was not to seek sympathy, but rather to illustrate what… Continue reading Epilepsy: 101

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The Summer of 1966: The Big Yellow Truck Part III

As promised, this week’s blog concludes the three-part story about how a 1946 Studebaker parcel van helped turn the summer of 1966 into one of the most memorable times of my life. Last week’s installment ended as my brother Gene and I had just picked up one of the van’s co-owners, Tom, and then drove… Continue reading The Summer of 1966: The Big Yellow Truck Part III

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The Summer of 1966: The Big Yellow Truck Part II

In last week’s post I promised to relate a three-part story about my memorable summer of 1966, which focused on how my older brother, his friends, and I resurrected a 1946 Studebaker parcel van and converted it into a camper. I’ll begin Part II with the closing line from last week’s installment. Enjoy. Thanks for… Continue reading The Summer of 1966: The Big Yellow Truck Part II

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The Summer of 1966: The Big Yellow Truck

Hi all, I’m back, with a tale from my past. Summer is definitely here and I’m reminded of one particular summer that will forever remain in my mind. Because of its length, I’m breaking the story into a three-part post. Hope you enjoy and will stick around for all three sections. As always, thanks for… Continue reading The Summer of 1966: The Big Yellow Truck

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Takin’ a Break

First: Many thanks to the folks who follow my blog. As you may have noticed, last week’s post was a bust––zilch, zero, nada. My apologies for being a slacker. Last week my priorities got scrambled. However, that breach in productivity also helped me realize that I needed to step aside from blogging for a bit… Continue reading Takin’ a Break

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Thank You

This Sunday is part of Memorial Day weekend here in the US, the kickoff to summer but, more importantly, a time to reflect and remember the military personnel who have sacrificed their lives in defense of their country. In that regard, I’ve composed a short tribute to honor those men and women. Thanks for stopping… Continue reading Thank You

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TRICK-OR-TREAT

My writer’s task for this week: Describe the most memorable Halloween from your youth. After accepting that challenge, a special memory immediately sprang to the forefront, which I’ve related as this week’s blog post via my adult (??) mind. Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by. TRICK-OR-TREAT We’d donned costumes every Halloween for as long as we’d… Continue reading TRICK-OR-TREAT

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day “What is a man without a woman? Why even Father Lonnigan had a mother.” Indeed he did––as do we all. I borrowed these lines from “The Quiet Man” because: 1) it’s one of my favorite films; and 2) because today is Mother’s Day, the day to honor the special women who gave us… Continue reading Mother’s Day

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Five

This week’s blog post is based on another writer’s challenge: Trace the path of a five dollar bill as it passes through the lives of five different people. As always, I had fun with the challenge. Hope you enjoy it, too. Thanks for stopping by.   Five Lincoln’s dignified gaze stared at me as he… Continue reading Five

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Check Engine Light

I recently made a brief presentation at my Sisters in Crime chapter meeting. The topic was Writing Prompts, something my weekly blog posts thrive upon. Following my short talk, group members got out their pens and papers or logged-on to their computers. We chose a prompt from a list I’d prepared, and then we began… Continue reading Check Engine Light