Anxiety and Determination

She trembled a little as she looked at the small, clear blue disk on the tip of her finger. She blinked hard. Then, one more time, she pulled back her eyelids and carefully positioned the contact onto, hopefully this time, and yes… placed the contact in her eye. She jumped ...

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Cats

Despite my violent protestations, we recently acquired a cat again. Now, I had been feeling pretty pleased with myself that we had managed to find a home for the last cat we had. I got rid of it on the well founded grounds that it would pounce on the baby. ...

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More Asimov

I’m not taking back what I said in my last post. The old authors still on the bookshelves are still great. But there are some techniques they used that are obsolete, and sometimes a little irritating to the part of me that has actually been educated in the art of ...

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Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

I recently gave in to a desire to reread Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books. I last read them 20 years ago. One of the things that marks a good book is that, despite cultural artifacts, it is still a story that takes the reader in and makes them care. Science Fiction ...

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The things I cannot change

The chandelier over the dining area in my kitchen is ever so slightly bent, causing it to hang just a little crooked. Both the bent and the tipsy aspect cause it to be assymetrical. No one notices this until I point it out to them. I know that if I ...

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No Safer Place for Baby Jesus

On the wall in my kitchen there currently hangs my favorite nativity. A clearly exhausted Mary is lying down in the hay herself, cradling the baby Jesus along side her, while Joseph takes care of them. There was no room for them at the inn. From across time, we scorn ...

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Growing in a Different Direction

Along the busy road that runs behind my house is a row of trees maintained by the city, to make it look beautiful and prosperous. I’ve walked that road many times. They all stand straight in a row, except for one. It angles away from the road before it reaches ...

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Beautiful Sumptiousness

“How many words?” my husband asked when he came downstairs from reading a book. I’d only left him 30 minutes earlier. I checked my word count. Wow. “900” He is not a writer, but he has been following my progress, so that he knows approximately what these words usually cost ...

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