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The Final Diving Trip, a Six Sentence Story

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“Babe, help me up – the ladder isn’t down for some reason, and I’m exhausted,” he said treading water, smiling (and twitching a bit) at the thought of his notebook waiting for his recordings of the sea life diversity he’d seen while diving. She looked at him, reached for the rope before getting lost in thought […]

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Nine Ways to Write when You Don’t Want to Write

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Sometimes, writers think they don’t have anything to say. More often, writers have too much to say, but can’t say what they want to, don’t have the energy to do so, or feel paralyzed by their now, or memories of deep, dark, nameless stories. Writers share the un-sharable. They breathe life into rattling bones of […]

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We Remember the Past as We Smile and Cry at Photos

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We’d finished supper, wiped the table, and loaded lingering plates into the dishwasher. My brothers and I dressed in our jammies to carry bowls of popcorn to the basement where we waited while Dad loaded the projector with slides. Neighbors knocked, hugged my mom, poured cold beer or soda into fizzing glasses, and came downstairs. […]

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7 Internet Safety Rules to Protect Your Child From Cyberstalking

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  In the last decade, the number of suicides in teens and children has grown at an alarming rate, due to the increased reports of cases of cyberstalking and online harassment against children. The internet has made it very easy for stalkers to know about your child’s activities, preferences, what friends they keep and which […]

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Seven Things I Hate About Summer (and Some I Love)

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I love the idea of summer more than I love summer days. Yes, summer is walking in the light at 9:00 pm, sleeping late, and the beauty of unstructured days. Summer is the vibrant hum of kids laughing and splashing, porch-sitting, and barbecues with friends. The beach during the summer months is probably why scrapbooking […]

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What the Month of June Feels Like

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The month of June feels like school papers left in empty hallways, later bedtimes, and clock-less poolside afternoons. June holds promise of sweaty adventures had in fresh-cut grass. June is fireflies, flip flops, and the birth of fairies. It’s the neighbor’s music dancing through open windows. The month of June also feels like self doubt, […]

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6 Ways to Feel Less Broken in a Broken World

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“I need to go to the doctor,” he said. We were heading home after a few hours at one of those indoor kid places filled with bounce houses, climbing structures, and dried turds at the bottom of a colorful ball pit. I asked why, and wondered how quickly the germs he’d been playing with might […]

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