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The Rosary

The Rosary

Last week in South Louisiana, I had a pleasant surprise when Mary Prudhomme came by to visit. Mary has been my parents’ next door neighbor for years. She and her husband Blue raised their two daughters, Chris and Sue, in the house down the street from our home. Once I moved to Florida, I didn’t see much of Mary anymore,…

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In my mother’s closet

In my mother’s closet

Bob and I are in South Louisiana visiting my parents and other family members this week. In the room where we’re staying, my mother has a large, walk-in closet which holds a lifetime of memories. Each piece on those shelves has a story, and the fact it has survived all these years confirms its importance to my mother. It made…

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Reasons to write

Reasons to write

At the First Saturday Writing Workshop a couple of days ago, I was reminded of the importance of writing our life stories in such a vivid way . I gave a prompt to write about one of the most unusual things the participants had ever seen in the sky. I expected big sightings—the aurora borealis, a sky full of hot…

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Hook ‘em…

Hook ‘em…

Hook ’em … Your first sentence or two can make or break the story. It can entice your reader to keep going or convince him to go take a nap, so it’s important to put time and effort into constructing a great opening. But, and this is a big but, work on your opening after you’ve written the story. Don’t…

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A great new editing tool

A great new editing tool

All writers have blind spots. We have our pets—favorite words, clichés, overused phrases, excessive adverbs—that we read right over when reviewing our stories. So, what’s the big deal? I love the word just. I can use just over and over again, and it sounds just fine to me. The problem is that the reader often trips over them. He can…

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Stories from the heart

Stories from the heart

Last Thursday, the Spring 2012 Writing Your Life Class shared their stories with friends, family and others interested in writing personal and family history. Even with a few jitters, everyone did a great job of introducing themselves and reading from one of the stories they wrote in the class session. A packed house enjoyed chocolate chip cookies, pound cake and other…

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Spring 2012 Class Reading Tonight!

Spring 2012 Class Reading Tonight!

Tonight is the Spring 2012 Writing Your Life class reading. At the conclusion of every spring, summer and fall class session, members share stories they’ve written with family, friends and the public at an open reading. Treat yourself to a wonderful evening of great stories, even greater people and excellent refreshments. The reading begins at 5:30 p.m. sharp in the…

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