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Jan.02.2013
It's been a busy fall and holiday season for all of us and 2012 proved to be a year of losses as well as good things happening. I find myself having to struggle between letting the bad consume the good. So far I seem to be winning the battle. So for some good news: My first poetry chapbook,...
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Mar.27.2012
My husband's mother, Marilyn, passed away last week on the vernal equinox which was fitting since spring was her favorite season of the year. During the course of preparing Marilyn's funeral the family shared stories about how much she loved spring and how she was always gardening. In fact,...
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Dec.08.2011
I think I am not alone in feeling a little melancholy around the holidays. Oh, hell, let's face it, if you read my blog you already know that I can pretty much find any reason to get melancholy. But the holidays seem to bring on another kind of reminiscence that is somehow deeper or at least...
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Oct.14.2011
You can't help but see stories about Occupy Wall Street and the inevitable spread into other major cities including Philadelphia. I got to wondering about the word "occupy" or, more to the point, what it means to "to occupy." Dictionary.com lists the meanings of occupy as: 1. to take or fill up...
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Sep.14.2011
I thought I was prepared for the inevitable crash that would hit me when I graduated from my MFA program at Ashland University. I know that first semester out of school can feel a little lonely and isolating. I had even prepared for the time off with piles of fiction books I hadn’t had time to read...
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Jul.11.2011
The View From Here As I get ready to defend my poetry thesis "Phoenix" in a few weeks, I find myself thinking back over the road that has brought me here. For me, this road to even get to my MFA program was more of a series of missteps and wrong turns than it was a menopausal...
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Jun.07.2011
I find it interesting that when there is either a domestic violence case or a cheating husband involving a public figure, we require them to become poster women. If you think back to the ill-timed release of the very private and embarrassing events between Sandra Bullock and Jesse James it's as...
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May.06.2011
I know I can't be the only woman out there that dreads all the gushing and foaming of Mother's day ads and commercials. These ads always make me feel as though I was in the incorrect line when mother/daughter relationships were given out.  I feel like I got the Charlie Brown rock relationship...
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Apr.12.2011
Denim Day 2011 View the Denim Day Video Denim Day 2011 is a campaign to prevent sexual violence in our community through education and public awareness.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and The State of New Jersey has officially adopted April 28th as Denim Day and a call to...
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Dec.29.2010
Every year, heading into New Year's Eve, my holiday trifecta of emotional roller coasters reaches it zenith. I begin feeling sad around Thanksgiving when I realize, as I get older, more and more people have left my life. Christmas seems rigged against me as I pull out decorations that are...
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Oct.16.2010
I didn't realize the significance of my story "Breathing" being published in the October issue of r.kv.r.y. when I got the news from Editor-in-Chief Mary Akers in August. I was, instead, straddling a vast chasm of emotions from excitement about the story being accepted and realizing...
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Jul.14.2010
Even as a small child, I saw the world with a very different slant than people around me. I use the word "slant" specifically because I always saw something that was askew. I never trusted the outward or seeming appearance of things. I always felt that there was more going on;...
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Jul.14.2010
I decided a little over a year ago to change my life into what I thought it would be when I was in my early '20's and sat in my kitchen hammering the keys of my electric typewriter penning what I thought was a progressive and feminist science fiction book entitled The final Savior. It was...
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