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#write31 Day 13. Sabbath

On Sabbath We stop Working Worrying Wondering What else needs to be done Whatever it is can wait Because radical rest Requires restraint On Sabbath   On Sabbath My hands resist picking up clothes strewn on floors wiping down the fridge Pulling more weeds Or sorting my closet.   On Sabbath my hands type Disregarding […]

#write31 Day 12 Friday

On friday No one wakes up on time I pluck each kid from bed to car Toss a box of frozen waffles after them. Morning drives are the best Nice and quiet, my son remarks Because we’re too tired to fight.   My friend hugs my kids Warms my heart They’re never sad when I leave […]

#write31 Day 11. Persuasion

Day 11. 21 more to go. Today’s prompt: Persuade me. Persuasion makes me think of the kids (they’re experts), sales and faith. At least dualistic faith, where I am right and you are wrong. I am in and you’re out. I am good and you are bad. This two dimensional way of thinking fuels persuasion. […]

#write31 Day 10 Decisions

I am sooo tired and don’t feel inspired tonight. Instead I am texting/venting, call it problem solving with my favorite texting friend. Everyone needs a highly reliably, non-judgemental texting friend. I met mine eighteen years ago in Physics class or before then but I mostly remember physics because we were partners. I can’t remember if […]

#write31 Day 9. Problem-solving

Good morning friends. About seven of you signed up for my free book offer; topic, title and deadline to be determined. I listened to a rare interview yesterday with Mary Oliver, an award winning American poet. She started writing poems at age 11 and laughs when saying that they were horrible. But she kept at […]

#write31 Day 8: Lists

Today is a quick and easy write according to Jeff because all you do is make a list. Sounds easy enough for the 30min I have for writing today. Years ago, when I first signed up for facebook people were posting these “25 things about me” which were fun to read. I think there has […]

#write31 Day 7 Enough

So far the library is my favorite place to write. It’s quieter than a coffee shop and my laptop does not balk the wireless. Why this crazy laptop connects to wireless here and not at Starbucks is beyond me. I used to think writing at home works best for me but I actually get distracted […]

#write31 Day 6 Mother

Jeff’s writing prompt for today is write someone else’s story. I’ll pick my mother. Mother supports anything I write on my “block” even though she can’t actually read any of it since she never learned English. I know she won’t mind if I tell her story. Mother turned 65 last month and almost daily texts […]

#write31 Day 5 Story

If you participate in Jeff’s 31 day writing challenge, which I recommend if you enjoy writing, you will receive a daily email with tips and encouragement. Yesterday I think he talked about getting up early and writing. The biggest benefit being that of having “writer’s high” all day. I have not yet experienced writers high […]

#write31 Day 4. random thoughts

Wasted 20min trying to find a semi-quiet spot and connect to Wifi. Now back to notepad, typing outside New Seasons Market, a local health food store that smells of flowers and coffee and other delicious things. We buy our bread here, it’s the only bread the kids will currently eat unless I enact picky eaters […]