Photography Class: Failure is an Option

Photography Class Failure

I lean toward the lethargic, work-wise. I’m not alone. There are others just like me, floating along on the stream of life only to discover (what, again?!) a chunk of time has passed with few of our vague ambitions achieved. But not this year. My plan this year was to turn the heat on myself, to make goals and get stuff done. Write better, …

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Observing a Writer at Work Day: BYOB

observing a writer at work

Last Thursday was Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, celebrated by parents in the USA who believe their jobs are interesting and meaningful, and by kids who are stoked about skipping a school day. I’ll bet none of those parents is a writer at work, and kids with …

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How I Almost Became a Professional Wrestler (and Other Near-Careers)

When I was 5 years old, I decided to become a wrestler. The All-Star kind, not the Olympic sort. My future lay within the confines of a black and white television, where the inhabitants sported thigh-hugging tights, sequins as blinding as flashbulbs, lace-up leather boots, and mullets. I had a …

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Lessons Learned: Not My Grandmother’s First Rodeo

Gram & Gramps on a Texas sidewalk

I figured out that my grandmother really loved me on a bitter winter’s afternoon in St. Paul, Minnesota when I was 5 years old. Gram doled out hugs at frequent and random intervals, redolent with menthol cigarettes and sweet tea, but in the midst of a three-day, howling blizzard—one of …

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Somebody Out There Liebsters Me

Steal Just One Day has been nominated for the Liebster Award! Right. The Liebster Award was a mystery to me, too. So when Tess, from Whisperings of the Mind nominated me, I got right on it. Being a master detective/nosy parker, I went sloothing. I sloothed. Well, I googled, which is …

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Big Fat Problems

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My dog Gracie has been complaining a lot lately. Like many people I know, she complains about the government, which in her case is me. And like the government does to people, I mostly ignore her. I think I’m a pretty good dog-owner though. Gracie gets healthy food twice a …

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Prison is Not the Life for Me, or How I Learned to Like Eggplant

I am marvelous at making resolutions. Intentions, commitments, pledges, and aspirations are like the promised land to me. Rarely do I wait until New Year’s Eve to declare; throughout the year I ambitiously plan to write often and write better; to eat less and move more; listen to live musicians …

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If That’s a Lemon-Vodka Slushy, I’m In the Right Place

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Christmas-celebrating families all have their ways of making merry. My family does Christmas fun. Long ago we abandoned our traditional Christmas Eve beef and venison fondue in favor of foods that don’t require Sterno flames or a snake pit of electric cords to cook meat in vats of boiling oil. …

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What’s Your Favorite Shark? Curiosity and Creativity

“What’s your favorite shark?” Questions like that one, coming from an eight-year-old boy I’ll call Simon, at 6:00 in the morning, b.c. (before coffee) were part of why I loved working aboard a sailing charter boat. Other benefits of the job were: rum, snorkeling and swimming every day (sometimes with …

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The Tribe Encounters a Beast: Lunch with Old Friends

I write a lot about the philosophy of stealing a day from fate because I believe it is an important part of our mental health, both individually and collectively, to step out of our everyday existence and see what might happen. It’s not always easy to walk away from a …

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Bicycling Burglar Seeks Stuff

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I watched a burglar bicycle past my house today while I drank a delicious cappuccino and watched my dogs wrestle in the sun-filled yard. Maybe the heavy bag he was toting over his shoulder while madly pedaling his (stolen?) bike should have been a dead give-away, but at the time …

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