Grandmother from my novel isn’t called Nana

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Note: this is a blog post version of a book chapter. Thus, I’ve not added section dividers or more photos.

Jemima Cornflower turned to look one more time at the garden she had planted. It was too early for most of the food crops to show if they were growing…

A new way to develop greater depth in your characters

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Any of you who read my Medium poems and articles on a semi-regular basis have noticed that I sometimes mention my novel-in-progress, currently titled Burnt-Over Memories. I had planned to spend more time working on it this Fall and spending less time on Medium.

I certainly don’t write on Medium…

A growing fear for our home

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Thank you, Mother Earth
You are more kind than we’re worth
Save animals first

But we’re animals
Earth knows which ones are humans
We’re the destroyers

I watched an interview Jake Tapper of CNN did on October 15, 2021with Dan Ilic, an Australian comedian who is also an active supporter…

Try Thanksgiving greetings, not Christmas

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Two years ago I wrote an article about mailing Thanksgiving greeting cards to clients instead of Christmas cards. Because that article was written for Better Marketing publication, it suggested sending these cards to clients and potential customers.

This year, after the halcyon period we’ve all lived through and endured in…

Guests who visit me

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One version of ghosts I believe live in the background of our lives are Idea Ghosts. That is, they sometimes appear when we have been unable to find run-of-the-mill solutions to everyday problems. In a dream or maybe even as we take a stroll through our neighborhood… Wow! …

A tanka

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I seem to have lost

My list of what I control

Maybe I was wrong

I only had some control

When outcomes didn’t matter

Maybe I have misunderstood the meaning of the word ‘control’ forever. Silly me.

When I was younger I thought control meant, by one definition, the assurance…

Anne Chisom

Writing on whatever strikes my mood, from politics to humor (or a combination of the two), to spirituality, or whatever else shows up. Retired, not in retreat.

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