How Competition Makes Me a Better Writer

Some of my favorite bloggers right now are the ones competing with me in the weekly writing contests organized by Yeah Write. Yeah Write is a marvelously attractive site, very visual with great weekly challenge questions like 'how come no one warned me?' and and this week's 'what do we have to lose?' to which bloggers can respond with fiction, nonfiction, or a 42-word flasher. Each category has its own deadline during the week and each is voted on separately by readers who are strongly encouraged and guided to read all of the entries before selecting their three favorites....more

Blindsided: Learning to Live with a Disability

I wasn't prepared for this. No one told me how to take my personality, my intelligence, my accomplishments, my ambition, my ego and put them all behind a gauzy thick wall that mutes most voices and distorts the sounds of everyday life. The siren could be a whistle or a baby screaming or someone's worn out rear brakes, I won't know until the ambulance crosses the street in front of me....more

It's a Tough Time for Bill Cosby Fans

A highly-respected local columnist is catching it on Facebook because of a piece he published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel entitled "This is the Bill Cosby I Know." The columnist, Eugene Kane, came to know Bill Cosby after criticizing him for one of his famous rants about 'all that is wrong about the black community.'...more

When Did Vietnam Veterans Become Heroes?

Vietnam veterans weren't heroes when they came home. When you hear one say that his homecoming was disappointing, that he might have even gotten a hostile reception, he's not exaggerating. That's how it was. I know....more

If This Then That: Reflections on Adoption

The theology of adoption has a thick ribbon of rescue running through it....more

7 Steps to Organizing a Tampon/Pad Drive for Homeless Women

 Tampax Box (TB) expressing her desire to become a grassroots organizer.Women who are homeless suffer a lot of indignities. One of them is being without tampons and pads when their periods occur. Put yourself in their place. How would you feel?...more

Inside Scoop: The Trick to Happiness

The trick to being happy is knowing how to manage unhappiness.I see all the blog posts, the lists of the ten things happy people do everyday, the five things happy people do before they wake up, the seventy secrets to happiness. I don't even bother looking at them. I already do all the stuff they say. It doesn't matter....more

Guess What I Learned at My High School Reunion!

When my old boyfriend came through the door of the hotel where my 40th high school reunion was being held, three girls, wait, three 58-year-old women scurried over to quick give me the 411. ...more
I almost went to my fortieth reunion. When plans had to change, I looked at my yearbook and ...more

Heart Like a Stone

From my seat at the table, I could see Marla walking across the courtyard with a young woman, probably her case manager. They were walking fast, in step, almost like they were a couple that might be holding hands except Marla was holding a notebook and some papers in her arms....more
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Dare You: NaBloPoMo

For a long time after being in labor and having a baby, you think you can do anything. You think anything anyone asks you to do will be effortless by comparison. You could be asked to lay a thousand bricks using concrete you stir in a mixing bowl and think it's so easy. So ridiculously easy. While you're laying the bricks, you might smoke a cigarette or talk on the phone because laying a thousand bricks will not require your full attention or anywhere near your complete effort....more
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