Saturday, June 17, 2017

100 Word Stories, given the cue word "SHELL"

I came out of my shell when I turned 80. I was a shy girl for so many unhappy and unfulfilled years. Things changed when I learned how to write and when I adopted a pack of miniature, Italian greyhounds. I struggled with the writing, joined a couple of writing workshops, and soon found my afternoons filled with joy and new adventures. I designed costumes for my dogs, and matching outfits for myself.
Last Saturday, while at a local farm supply store, I made some new friends. Today, I am joining them in their commune at the edge of town.
The Shell, as described by The Master, is opaque film we surround ourselves with when our state of mind is disturbed by words and actions of the lesser species. The shell ultimately shields us from the doltish words and thoughts of those that are primarily occupied with their own, imagined greatness. Many of these beings have hypnotized themselves, and they believe they are skilled, imaginative, and far beyond their adopted minions. Under this haze of delusion, they find their way to lead many by sheer persistence and intimidation. I find this a common trait of office managers and popular bloggers.
At the beach a few years ago, I held a large, pink, conch shell to my ear. I was surprised by the grand sound that emanated from the conch. It was the London Symphony, I’m sure. It was O Fortuna by Carmina Burana. I was stricken. I was dizzy. I stumbled and lost my balance. I called out to my friend, nearby, to come and listen to the shell. I put the shell to her ear, and her face lit up. She laughed. She was listening to Chelsea Clinton describe the correlation of diabetes and childhood marriage with climate change.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thoreau's green desk.

Thoreau paid a DOLLAR for this writing desk that he used for years and years.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

two of the saddest words in the English language

The late Carrie Fisher said two of the saddest words in the English language were "what party?"  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Friday, April 28, 2016 – 6:30 pm

At The Lodge (Media Room)

660 Evergreen Farm Way (off 5th Avenue), Sequim
Plus 5-Minute Open Mic Reading

Thursday, March 9, 2017

100 Word Story. The assigned cue word is DRY

He was an expert at promotions and artistic events, 
and his next exercise would be at one of his favorite 
coffee houses. 

He asked the owner permission, and was 
given the go-ahead to throw a 
dry humor party.

The dry humor wit describes the act of 
displaying a lack of, or 
no emotion. Delivery is meant 
to be blunt and sarcastic.

The exercise would be by invitation only,
and those that wished to participate would
 join with the regular patrons, not indicating 
their participation. 

They would speak a little louder than usual 
so everyone attending would be able to hear.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017



This MOOC-Pack provides the core content of our past MOOC How Writers Write Poetry 2014.

MOOC-Packs — IWP

MOOC-Packs — IWP

you have ever wanted to browse the archives of our past massive open
online courses, the MOOC-Pack Library is the place to go. You are
invited to use the MOOC-Packs to teach a class or lead a discussion
group in your area. And you are very welcome to use them on your own to
further your personal writing and educational goals.