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Writing and Books

Parenting’s influence on rape culture

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Admittedly, I was getting tired of seeing the name Brock Allen Turner in my newsfeed. I avoided learning any details of his crime. I didn’t want to read the letter from his victim, mostly because I was afraid of letting any images enter my brain that I couldn’t remove. Maybe due to my vivid imagination or my effortless visualizations or… Read more »

Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, a review and GIVEAWAY

boy reading Black Day

Black Day: The Monster Rock Band by Marcus Sikora, with Mardra Sikora, is more than a clever, funny Halloween tale. It’s an inspirational, follow-your-dreams story with universal appeal. And it makes no difference whether you choose to read the book in October or well, March; you will be entertained. Since it’s more fun than a wordy description, I invite you… Read more »

The Eradication (a fiction)

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As an old woman, I am privileged to revisit past events with an objective lens. It was a different world then. Early in the year, 2018: I was 38 years old and pregnant with my fifth baby. If you’ve seen one baby’s ultrasound you’ve seen them all, so my husband remained home with the other children while I attended the… Read more »

Why snorkeling is not my favorite ‘simple recreational activity’

It’s an activity that can be done by little children, the elderly, and all ages between. It’s an easy way to spend lengths of time viewing tropical delights without having to take diving classes or rent expensive equipment. It’s a cheap way to enjoy the clear blue waters of the Pacific islands. The activity is snorkeling. And it’s one of… Read more »

Appreciation for you, the readers, on my first “blogiversary”

In my basement there are a few old shoe boxes. Within those boxes are the journals I kept from the time I was 10 years old. On a particularly heavy day last fall I felt the need once again to get my stories out somehow. My thirty-six year old carpal tunnel wrists don’t much like scribbling with pencils anymore. I… Read more »

Music: the map of memories & soundtrack of life

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Music has an undeniable influence on memory. For one, significant moments in our lives are connected to the music we listened to at the time. The reverse is also true; if you want to remember something, set it to music. When my high school classmates complained about having to memorize the Declaration of Independence, I didn’t commiserate. My mom introduced… Read more »