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susan-marie-schulhof's picture
Feb.22.2014
                                              "It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." -George Washington    When I recently received a ticket for driving...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Oct.28.2013
October 28     Picard   The little tin whistle I yearn to play squeaks in my head warning that I have no time to learn and a tin whistle though slender is not easy.  I think if I had a magic wrinkler for time I might learn, I remember characters that have, but I rethink this and...
bob-mustin's picture
Feb.06.2013
Finally! A book of mine coming out. It's just what I wanted; a generous, writer-friendly contract from an indie publisher. It took two years to get it to publication time, but at least I didn't have to run the "who gives a shit?" agent gauntlet, and the editing was spare, equally writer-friendly....
marilyn-kallet's picture
Dec.27.2012
     I'm overeating and making deals with myself ("Just another twenty minutes, and we'll take a break!")  Proofreading the new poetry manuscript creates for me a terrible anxiety.  It's not just about getting it right, making sure the grammar and mechanics are in...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Nov.10.2012
  November 10   I DON’T SEE HOW       This is the smallest of the fragile excuses I use to keep from doing things to make me happy.  Petty in a way I would never be with others, I rake my desires and tiny little hopes over the coals.  Tired platitudes are plated...
rebbecca-hill's picture
Aug.07.2012
Riding on BART is relaxing. It used to be part of my daily routine. I miss it. Now I only ride BART about a dozen times out of the year. I miss riding my bike too. I have lots of excuses, and I haven’t been motivated. One excuse is that my bike has a flat tire. I’m afraid to pump it up for fear...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Aug.29.2011
August 29       The Slick Nature of Grace       The higher I climb, the more severe the fall; the sweeter my life, the more brittle my blood sugar.  I must be more careful as I get better.  I thought being sober would make my life free from care, but I think...
thomas-lister-looker's picture
Aug.18.2011
  I was going to start out by listing the numerous excuses I’ve fallen victim to when attempting to give my writing projects the focus they deserve, but doing so felt redundant, especially for anyone who has ever had to write something (have I left anyone out?).  We’ve all been there...
balthazar-rodrigue-nzomono-balenda's picture
May.21.2011
It is time for us Africans and our leaders to stop blaming colonization for our problems. Our continent has many fold problems of which we are able to solve on our own, if we stop complaining about what happened in the past and make a choice to move forward. In my opinion, I don’t think Africa is...
kelly-tweeddale's picture
Mar.18.2011
I don’t do Lent.  It’s not that I don’t believe in the idea of doing without and it’s not that I don’t appreciate the lessons learned through delayed gratification and sacrifice. It’s not about a lack of fortitude or willpower.  I’ve lived 17 years without caffeine after being told by my...