Mark My Words or, Something Funny Happened on the Way to a Writer’s Conference

My daughter and I recently attended a writing conference hosted by the American Society of Journalists and Authors in New York City. Or rather, we crashed it. Though the ASJA does invite the general public, the majority of attendees are ASJA members, folks who have met rigorous membership standards and can therefore call themselves professional […]

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Come With Me. Let’s Escape.

  The phone rings. “Come with me to Hatteras,” my husband says when I answer. “Come stay for two or three days. Pack your bathing suit.” He sounds a little out of breath. I can hear the muffled sounds of a busy airport in the background, the tinny voice of the public address system, the […]

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The Best Text Ever

MOM MOM I DID THE LAUNDRY This announcement came via text  from my fourteen-year-old daughter. At the time, I was in Florida with my parents for a short vacation and had left my two daughters to fend for themselves in the care of my housework-challenged husband. (Wait, is “vacation with my parents” an oxymoron?) Sometimes, […]

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Endangered Species: Pedestrians in London

This is a sign at a pedestrian crossing in Greenwich. Now, I am a Florida girl and am familiar with pelicans. I am quite sure that pelicans are not resident in London, England, so why one would need a pelican crossing in Greenwich was, at first, lost on my North American sensibilities. According to my […]

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Signs of Life from London

How can you not love this sign? We, the family, are on Day Three of a week long stay in London, England. If I had my way, if I were alone, I would walk all over London just reading the signage. Not commercial signage, but public notice signage.  It says so much about a people, […]

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