Writing Prompts. A Good Thing or a Cautionary Tale?

If you’ve read my blogs, you’ll understand the title of this one and why I chose to write it. Let’s begin by breaking down how a traditional cautionary tale is supposed to be structured and its purpose. As the two words—cautionary tale, imply, it is an ask for you to stop, and proceed with caution. There may be danger ahead. There are three parts of … Continue reading Writing Prompts. A Good Thing or a Cautionary Tale?

Favorite Food Memory

Write about: A taste that excites you and the moment you first encountered it. I came across this writing prompt in 642 Things to Write About and stopped on it because I do have a recollection. That surprised me. I hadn’t ever considered my experience as something profound, but when the prompt came, the memory flooded back. I was at a friend’s house, sitting on … Continue reading Favorite Food Memory

I Have a Guilty Secret—Part 1

The title would imply I have many. I will not correct that assumption. Let’s dive in. I spend an inordinate amount of time playing games on my electronics. I’m sure everyone has, though. Or not? After previously declaring my thoughts about everyone eventually landing on the shrink’s couch, a friend corrected me and said that was just not true. Whatever, Dale. Don’t come to me … Continue reading I Have a Guilty Secret—Part 1

Cioppino Anyone? Pudding Shots?

It’s Cioppino Night! Yay and boo. I hate fish. This was a special scallop and clam recipe my daughter, her boyfriend, and George decided to cook. Our daughter gave George a couple of beautiful cookbooks on fish for Christmas. I guess she feels sorry for him. Oh, hell, everyone does. Despite the dinner menu, I was looking forward to the get together. We were going … Continue reading Cioppino Anyone? Pudding Shots?

Taxes are Hard

George and I are arguing. It’s tax preparation season. It’s a similar experience to when you sit down with a shrink. You cannot lie. Actually, that’s a guideline, but only for the shrink. If you lie to your therapist, then what’s the point? Unfortunately, I can think of a whole list of reasons why you would do that. Embarrassment, awkwardness, guilt, shame, nerves, fear of … Continue reading Taxes are Hard

My Litmus Test. Can we be Friends?

Don’t worry, it’s a short test, but it’s graded on a pass/fail. Did you know this test has a scientific origin from the 14th century? Back then, I doubt people had the time to use it for the purpose we typically wield it with today. It all started from a compound called lichen which is like a fungus that grows on rocks or trees. A … Continue reading My Litmus Test. Can we be Friends?

Yay! They Called me for Jury Duty!

Beyond jazzed that this happened! I’m looking forward to the learning experience, the people watching, the conversations with unsuspecting strangers, and the thrilling possibility that I may be seated on a jury. I’ve been called for jury duty only once before. It did not go well. Back then I was bopping around in high heels, the classic Louis Vuitton bag dangling from my arm, any … Continue reading Yay! They Called me for Jury Duty!