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Memories are a wonderful thing to have and share.

Originally posted on notestoponder:

A remarkable gift from Dad rests quietly on my desk. I didn’t tell him how much it meant, and doubt words could have formed a fitting sentence. Unwrapping it two days ago still feels like a dream, placing it gently on my desk provided a whispering pinch,  I was awake.

There I am on the upper left surrounded by my siblings. My beautiful older sister tilts her head cheekily, below her a brother whose faded image still shines with a “head up shoulders straight”  no nonsense approach in life. Below me little sister exudes mischievous joy as baby brother looks faintly down from above.

Dad’s gift took me home. Home isn’t where we live, it’s where we came from. A vine, twisted and permanent without demands of explanation or regret. Sometimes the greatest gift is a reminder of sinuous tendrils that bind us.

My gift rests where it belongs; a…

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One Guy Didn’t


Beautifully done

Originally posted on Morning Story and Dilbert:

Vintage DilbertVintage Dilbert

Three guys were tried for crimes against humanity.
Two guys committed crimes.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were given government trials.
Two guys had fair trials.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were whipped and beaten.
Two guys had it coming.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were given crosses to carry.
Two guys earned their crosses.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were mocked and spit at along the way.
Two guys cursed and spit back.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were nailed to crosses.
Two guys deserved it.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys talked while they were hung on their crosses.
Two guys argued.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys agonized over their abandonment.
Two guys had reason to be abandoned.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys knew death was coming.
Two guys resisted.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys died on three crosses.

Three days later.
Two guys remained…

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Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:

stories“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser

Stories. The words that make up our past, the words we tell those strangers we’d like to become more to us. Stories. The words we tell those strangers we’ll never get to meet.

Stories. The plane on which reality and imagination collide, a place of endless possibilities.

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Tech Tip for Writers #72: How to Move Pics Around in Documents

Originally posted on WordDreams...:

Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q:I put a picture in my document, but it won’t move. How do I fix that?

A: For a lot of word processing tools, default when inserting a picture on a page is ‘inline’–it treats it as text. Like words on a document, it can’t be easily moved.

Here’s how to fix that in Word:

  • click on the picture
  • Select ‘Picture Tools’ at the top of the screen
  • Select ‘wrap text’ from the ribbon
  • Select ‘tight’ to have words to wrap around it.

If you’re in Google Docs, when you click the image, below the image is the option for ‘in-line’ or ‘wrap’. Select ‘wrap’.

Now drag and drop it…

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“A Lost Thought”

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Someone finally got a clear picture of my brain!
I’m curious to see what poem he puts with this.

Originally posted on A Mirror Obscura,:

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How To Pick an Agent (and Live Happily Ever After)


I had not considered asking a potential agent for 3 references. I think that’s a good idea.

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:


Warning: I can get over-excited with my blog posts and pull an Agatha Christie sort of “I will make you wait until the very end to see the take home message.” Here it is, up front:

Ask agents offering you representation for at least three client references. Contact them.

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Why do people go rv’ing?

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My husband and I used an RV for a short while as a more comfortable way to travel, mainly just to visit family. It was nice to have drinks on hand and a place to lay our heads when a rest was needed.

Originally posted on Life Unscripted:

Ok — I’m going to go off the deep end today.  Just warning you! I guess my mind has been on one topic for a few days.

Do you ever wonder what (if any) common thread there may be between the diverse RV’ers out there?  What is it that makes us sell what we have, and take up a semi-nomadic lifestyle — chasing the seasons, and perhaps our own dreams.  ???????

There are some obvious excuses (or should we call them ‘reasons’).  You’ve heard people say they want to see places they’ve never seen before.  Others will say they want to travel.  In some cases their work lives kept them indoors all the time and they want to get into the great out-of-doors. Living in one place your entire lifetime may be part of it.  Having a large family may have kept you home.  Caring for parents may have limited…

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