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The Bible tells us that "there is a time for weeping and a time for laughing, a time for wailing and a time for dancing." Okay, maybe not a time for dancing, but at least a time to get out of our holes and look at the sun.

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Organ Harvest

Organ Harvest

Suburban versus train rural county road anywhere North Dakota. All teenagers one "survivor" one brain-dead flower of hope to anyone but herself on life support.

The Children

The Children

While my beloved dog
was still alive yet dying
and knew she was dying
she and I witnessed an event.

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Encounter

The Encounter

A woman watches her next-door neighbor walk across the well-manicured lawn to greet a group of friends. This was a mistake. Why did I let Alice talk me into coming to this party? I'm not ready. I feel like everyone's staring at me. Like… that man over there.

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Vanity Too

Vanity Too

Time is the most important thing a reader gives you. Compared to the time investment, the cost of a book is a pittance. But life is short and when a reader gives you their time, that's a precious gift. A writer should never squander that.

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Grandmother

Diary of a Grandmother

Several times in the book, Sasha describes her apartment in a fashionable area of St. Petersburg, Russia, which she completely renovated. It had beautifully restored mahogany trim, a luxurious bathroom, and upscale kitchen appliances. But how had Sasha been able to afford it on her salary? Granted, she was a DNA specialist, but such an apartment would have been beyond her reach. Sasha mentions that she bought the apartment with her inheritance. A hidden diary reveals some secrets and the source of the money.

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Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

In Hide and Seek, the Food and Drug Administration receives an anonymous tip about TanDur Pharmaceuticals keeping duplicate books. Connie is sent in undercover to gather information. At first, everything appears normal, except for a mysterious locked room. Then Connie asks one too many questions...

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On Ther Road

On The Road to Catmanduel

According to Wikipedia, "a road movie is a film genre in which the main characters leave home on a road trip, typically altering the perspective from their everyday lives." Frequently this involves exploring the theme of alienation . All this often enmeshed in a mood of actual or potential menace. All of which helps to create intimacy and tension between the characters.But this is only background for this story.

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HATTIE'S ADVENTURE

HATTIE'S ADVENTURE

Dogs may be more essential to a writer than a pen. Dogs and babies fall into the same category. Beyond the fact they are so darn cute… you never really know what they are thinking. They can't completely express what is running through their heads. As humans, we find it impossible not to express for them. To fill in the unspoken sentence, so to speak. But babies grow up.

Dogs represent that unspoken covenant between the writer and the reader. As a writer, we can never really know what our readers are thinking. But when we make that connection between the author and the reader… there's nothing else like it. All you have to do to see the joy of that connection is look into the eyes of a dog when you figure out what it wants. Readers who connect with your stories have the same eyes.

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A Poem

A Poem

The most famous name associated with the search for immortality was the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, Legend says that he was told by a native American that a fountain of youth could be found on the island of Bimini and that it would restore youth to anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. The native was probably a poet.

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Mother nature's Lament

Mother Nature's Lament

The children wanted to stay home and play,
I call the wind to blow in a snow day,
Now they shout,
"It is hard work shoveling the driveway",
People need something to complain about

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Lerm's Attack

A Little Backstory

"Die, why won't you die?" Dr. Lermatov screamed, all control lost now.

Sasha should have looked at his face, but all she could see was the scalpel glittering in his hand, then hand became fist, held high.

But Lermatov wasn't looking at her. His gaze had swerved to her coworker and friend Alex. 

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Window Star

Window Star

During World War I, British and German soldiers put down their weapons to celebrate the holiday spirit together, in a remarkable event known as "the Christmas Truce." All of them earned their blue stars and way too many earned sliver and glod stars as well.

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New York Blues

New York Blues

Should there be specialized Holloween celebrations in Greenwich and Dulwich? Should pigs stay away from Nottingham, Birmingham, and Buckingham? Is the only reason one comes to Cambridge is to cross the bridge? How many prople play chess in Winchester and Chester?

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Contests 2021

Looking for Writing Contests?

The Writer magazine list of contests with deadlines from tomorrow to the end of 2021.
Mary Heather Noble won the Creative Nonfiction "The Human Face of Sustainability" essay contest for "Acts of Courage." She received $10,000 and publication in Creative Nonfiction.

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Home

Home

The home in poetry can be a fabled, dreamed about place, the location of childhood remembrances, or the physical remainder of a days only recently past.

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Attack of the Poetry Virus

Attack of the Poetry Virus

This is the poem I wrote many years ago. It is made up of samples of the many different poetic forms but certainly not all of them. It was fun to do and I hope fun to read

Attack of the Poetry Virus: A collection of poems inspired by "A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms" by Paul B. Janeczko.

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Time Well Spent

Time Well Spent

Everyone should begin by asking themselves what their actual values are, and then reflect on how they can let others live out their values. What kinds of social environments make it easier to be creative, to be honest, or to connect adventurously? We should all make a list of places where people find these things easier: camping trips, open-mics, writing groups, and so on. And then write a poem.

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Goodbye

Good-bye

I knew it would be today. I could feel it in my bones as the gray dawn streamed through my window this morning. My last morning. My last sunrise.

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The Madonna

The Madonna

Chapter 1

The Madonna's eyes beckoned. Such sparkle, drawing Sasha into the room even though the Madonna's rapturous gaze never left the infant Jesus in her arms. A soft light delineated the rubies circling her head, the alabaster of her skin, the pave jewels of her gown – the clearest blue diamonds Sasha'd ever seen. And yet…what was it? Something seemed…

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LCRW Inklings

LCRW Inklings

What if there was a place you could meet your fellow writers virtually? What if there was a place where you could read your draft work to others, without having to edit it or spend hours using a spell checker? What if there was a place you could help other writers with their work… no prep necessary? Now there is. Every Tuesday 8 PM

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