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November’s “Spare Time” Project (yeah, right)

I will participate in National Novel Writing Month again this year, but I doubt I will get the 50,000 word limit this time. That’s okay, I haven’t been writing much the last few months because of school, and it would be a good challenge to work toward. I suppose I will have most of the […]


My Own Poem

Well, Robin has been writing poems all month. I thought it would be a good idea to write one also, since I didn’t manage to participate in NaPoWriMo (this time). Independent, I black / white red / blue conservative / liberal happy / sad why choose? be bold, bright, splendid / quiet, calm, reserved grey, […]


Poet of Note

This is from “Always a Reckoning” by Jimmy Carter. I really treasure this book. Some of the poems make me uncomfortable, some make me sad or angry. This one in particular makes me feel peculiar. Wistful? Priorities of Some Mexican Children A sign was leaning toward adobe shacks back from the road, across a dry […]


Poetry at the end of April

Today it is Emily Dickinson… Wild Nights! Wild nights! Wild nights! Were I with thee, Wild nights should be Our luxury! Futile the winds To a heart in port, Done with the compass, Done with the chart. Rowing in Eden! Ah! the sea! Might I but moor To-night in thee! Thanks to babbler “kje” who […]


Reader Appreciation

Who reads my writing? A few people, for sure. My mother (hello Mother!), some friends from Babble (hey Babblers!), and an occasional passerby who wanders here from another site (hi there!). Whoever you are, or whatever your reason for coming here, I want you to know that I appreciate the time you spend! I know […]


Something Blue

There are many things that are blue (I am blue, thinking how late I am writing this, for example). Blue eyes were in the news that last couple of weeks — if you have blue eyes you are definitely a cousin of every other person with blue eyes! Though possibly a thousand generations removed… Blue […]


Helping in High School

I never thought I would do it, but I did. I am helping in one of the kids’ English classes at the local high school.  They have book discussion groups, and I am working with one (my kid and two others chose to read the same book).  Today was the first day I got to […]


First Chapter Complete!

I signed up officially for NaNoWriMo this morning at 11 — and here it is 1:15 and I have written MORE than 1500 words! Which is good, because I realized that I need to write an average of about 1700 words (not the 1500 I had anticipated) to meet the 50,000 word goal. Gee, that’s […]


Free Rice

This is a cool website. Improve your English vocabulary — and do something good for people who have need. Free Rice. It works a little like the old word association tests in school. They give you one word, then you choose the closest equivalent from four others. If you get it right three times in […]


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