The Great Throwing-Away: Back When I Was Smart

One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries. ~A. A. Milne Last night, embroiled in the Great Throwing-Away, I made surprising discoveries. I found *The senior will, which I read at the junior-senior banquet (1969) *The judge's comments on ten pages of a novel I submitted to the … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Back When I Was Smart

Millennials Killed the Fleek

Today's Dictionary.com word Fleek - nice, smooth, sweet (2003); awesome, added in 2009; used in 2014 by everybody but me . Nobody says fleek now. Millennials killed it. Naughty millennials. Seems it can be used to describe Kim Kardashian's butt. My take on Kim Kardashian's butt: Years back, when she said she broke the Internet--well, … Continue reading Millennials Killed the Fleek

The Great Throwing-Away: Piano

My husband just made arrangements for the Salvation Army to pick up the piano because we're moving in two weeks and won't have room for it in our new place. It's not in the best of shape. It doesn't tune as high as it should because I let it get too hot and too cold … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Piano

The Great Throwing-Away: Quilts

Today's Great Throwing-Away was more of a Great Packing-Away, but I'm stopping for a brief post. Anything to take me away from the task at hand. Like my mother's cookbook and her high school diploma, three quilts will stay with me. The first is a baby blanket my mother's mother, Mary Veazey Barrow, made for … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Quilts

News Flash: Bullet Books Are Here!

  Bullet Books are speed reads for the busy traveler, commuter, and beach-goer. All are new original crime fiction stories that can be read in two to three hours. Gripping cinematic mysteries and thrillers by your favorite authors! Manning Wolfe, attorney and author of the Merit Bridges legal thrillers, this week introduced the first set … Continue reading News Flash: Bullet Books Are Here!

The Great Throwing-Away: Tomato Soup Cake

The Great Throwing-Away continues to unearth items I refuse to throw away. Today it's The Household Searchlight Recipe Book my mother acquired, according to the inside cover, in 1940. It's had a hard life. I referred to page 77 repeatedly during my Divinity Phase, when I was eleven. Every rainy weekend—and there were more of … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Tomato Soup Cake

The Great Throwing-Away: Martindale High School

The Great Throwing-Away continues. I opened a bin I thought contained photographs but found more paper than photos. Cards. Letters. Newspaper clippings. Little bits of life. And my mother's diploma from Martindale High School in Martindale, Texas, which she received May 31, 1935. It's signed by Chas. E. Lumpkin, Superintendent; Ruby C. Slaughter, Principal; and … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Martindale High School

Critique Groups: Here There (Might) Be Sharks

  At least three times over the years, I’ve posted on my personal blog a paean to critique groups. And once more I repeat: My critique group is a necessary part of my writing life. Before I joined my first critique group, I was floundering, rewriting the same material over and over, trying to remember—does this scene … Continue reading Critique Groups: Here There (Might) Be Sharks

Courageous Offer

Finally, someone comes to the aid of Alien Resort!

Alien Resort

Just when our spirits had sunk to their lowest low, a voice from out of nowhere has sparked a glimmer of hope. Dan Rosandich, the owner of Dans Cartoons, wrote to say that he will not be intimidated by the Beacons of Night, and has offered us a gig. Mr. Rosandich says he has a spot for our comics in the extraterrestrial section of his cartoon catalog. Dans Cartoons creates cartoons for professional and commercial projects, and will custom make them for any purpose. We wrote back thanking Mr. Rosandich for his courageous offer and letting him know that we’ll keep it in mind as we sort through our current crisis. Lmao used to associate with a business crowd but he lost all his ties.

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The Great Throwing-Away, Part 2a: The Siege of the Research Paper

  The Great Throwing-Away continues to unearth evidence of past life. Today it's "The Siege of the Alamo," my eighth-grade research paper, twenty pages handwritten in ink (I didn't like to turn in work with strike throughs, so I trashed a lot of paper bearing mistakes), plus pencil draft and outline, plus bibliography cards and … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away, Part 2a: The Siege of the Research Paper

Labor-Not-Intensive Day

  A spontaneous Labor Day picnic, fried chicken and potato salad beside the pool, followed by carrot cake in air conditioned comfort. We forgot to take the camera, so later David did a basic recreation and snapped some shots. I got a picture of the cake. When I remember the elaborate family picnics of my … Continue reading Labor-Not-Intensive Day