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Lord and Lady F***!

Lord and Lady F***!

When my kids were still quite young, probably around kindergarten age, I got tickets to see Brian Ferry. The concert was in the grounds of Petworth House, a 17th-century country house described as “A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing the finest art...

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Forgotten Anniversaries

Forgotten Anniversaries

These last two weeks I’ve had the nagging feeling that I’ve forgotten someone’s birthday, someone close to me. In other words, a date that should be committed to memory forever and always. But when I go through the list: husband, children, parents, in-laws, nieces,...

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Pot Mama

Pot Mama

Pot. Weed. Reefer. Ganja. The Chronic. Marijuana was something that just never really appealed to me in my younger days. Even with the safety of a towel plugged college dorm room door, I could never quite get comfortable with it. It always felt wrong. Dirty. Illegal....

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My week at Wellstone Center of the Redwoods

My week at Wellstone Center of the Redwoods

I spent seven days in February at a writing residency at Wellstone Center of the Redwoods. Wellstone is a writers’ retreat tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, four miles away from the Pacific Ocean. Quite a few people have asked me what it was like—this blog...

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Self-soothing in 2017

Self-soothing in 2017

When I first awake, I am happy, whether sun is streaming in the window or rain is pattering on the roof. But then, as my brain starts to whirl, I remember that a reality TV star who might be mentally ill has the nuclear codes. I ruminate how he is filling his cabinet...

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Pledge for a Frantic Activist

Pledge for a Frantic Activist

So I called some senators. I knitted a hat. I’ve marched, signed petitions, and typed a jillion angry emojiis on Facebook. I can’t keep up with the news, real or fake. It all feels like Whack-a-Mole politics. Idioms that used to be metaphoric are now literal: my head...

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Shout Out to 2016 WoM of the Year Laurel Hilton!

Shout Out to 2016 WoM of the Year Laurel Hilton!

We had a fantastic turnout for our holiday party in December. We wrote and then as we munched and sipped, we chatted and shared some of our writing goals for 2017. Special thanks to founding member and former secretary and board member Marianne Lonsdale for hosting...

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Write on Mamas Favorite Reads of 2016 – Part Two

Write on Mamas Favorite Reads of 2016 – Part Two

We love to write, but we also love to read. Here’s Part Two of the books read and loved by some of our members this year. Favorites of Sue LeBreton The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance Sex Object by Jessica Valenti Two-Part Invention: The...

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Write on Mamas Favorite Reads of 2016 – Part One

Write on Mamas Favorite Reads of 2016 – Part One

We love to write, but we also love to read. Here’s Part One of the books read and loved by some of our members this year. (Stay tuned for Part Two.) Books favored by more than one member: Nutshell by Ian McEwan What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera The Nightingale...

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Cave Woman

Cave Woman

This post is a flash memoir piece which sprang forth from the November 18 WoM writing prompt. Daylight Saving Time is a reality that I love in March and hate in November, when I go from the Duchess of Delight to the Dragon-woman of Doom. The missing hour delegates me...

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