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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 08 Jan 2021 09:38

I'm trying not to watch the news. But it's hard especially since I live about ten miles south of DC.

It's all very depressing, aggravating, horrifying, etc.

I thought the new year was going to be better. Don't get me started on the slow vaccine rollout.

All the employees at my parent's retirement community have received the vaccine (those who wanted it) and that is how it should be, but they have no idea when they will have vaccines for the residents.

Even though they have told residents not to travel or have family members visit so many ignored that advice and Covid and subsequent deaths are increasing at an alarming rate.

It's hard to feel good about anything right now. Being helpless is not a good feeling.

I'll take a bunch of cookies and retreat to a corner to catch up on some reading.

Topic: This or That
Posted: 08 Jan 2021 09:16

I've made so much pasta lately that I'll choose a pizza.

Deep dish pizza crust or standard crust?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 04 Jan 2021 22:16

Sarah, I hope you had a fantastic birthday. You deserve it.

Larry, I don't drink coffee but always am pleased to see you get things started in the morning.

Bill, Cynthia, and Scott, it's always nice to see you as well.

Xander, I have learned so much about Jane Lynch after reading your posts. I did love her in Glee and sin Criminal Minds.

I am feeling more like myself every day. That is a very good thing.

I hope the week is off to a good start for everybody..


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 30 Dec 2020 14:05

Bill, I also enjoyed your story.

It's going to be a rainy New Year's Eve here, the same weather we had for Christmas. No plans just a quiet night making a simple dinner and finding a movie to watch or a series to binge.

Basically the same as the last nine months. I've watched an embarrassing amount of television. I'm hoping to tackle the stack of books I haven't read.

Thank you for everyone's kind words and support. It means a lot. I'm trying to be more positive. Today is a better day, I only napped once.

I hope everyone is having a good day.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 28 Dec 2020 22:05

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Mine was very quiet. This was the first time we had no one over. It was a little strange. Our two oldest sons and their partners had various exposures to Covid so they were all quarantining. The youngest is still in Germany with his girlfriend.

I'm feeling better physically but still can't muster up much energy to do or care about much. It's not a great feeling, but I am trying and have started on a new medication regiment.

Here's to hoping the new year brings better times.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 22 Dec 2020 21:49

Larry, that is very good news. Being "unremarkable" in this instance is rather remarkable.

I haven't been around much. I still have some lingering health issues related to my bout with Covid. I've found myself spiraling into a depression that is resistant to anything I or my doctor try.

It's a hard time for everyone and Christmas without family is not making it any easier.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Happy Holidays.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 16 Dec 2020 14:02

I need to catch up on my reading. The inability to concentrate for any length of time is an unwelcome lingering effect of Covid or the stress of being sick or the meds, take your pick. I'm less than thrilled. I can now manage a short story but nothing longer. Hopefully the issue will resolve itself over time.

It's a weird weather day here. We've had snow that turned to sleet, then rain now back to sleet. overnight high winds are predicted and everything wet will freeze. Thankfully no one needs to be anywhere tomorrow. It's part of the Noreaster heading up the eastern seaboard. I wanted some snow, it makes everything look so much prettier. It's a good night to put on some Christmas pajamas and bake cookies.

I hope everyone is doing well.

I'll take a few cookies to much on before dinner.


Topic: That song that just puts you in a good mood...
Posted: 02 Dec 2020 22:07


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 02 Dec 2020 12:16

The story challenge sounds interesting, now I'm researching what is in the public domain. Maybe this means my writing muse will return, fingers crossed.

I am feeling much better these days. Feeling well enough to complain and be resentful is definitely a sign of progress for me. I even went out for a very short walk and a brief trip to the grocery store. Not at the same time and I did have to take a nap afterward, but it is progress. I know how lucky I am.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

I'll take a few cookies to go.


Topic: Your Mood In Pictures Or Gifs
Posted: 29 Nov 2020 11:27


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By My Side

I am trying but three days in a car make my progress seem very far Thankfully the sea has come to my rescue again. Salt air, endless ocean views are friends Patience you continue to show mile after mile day after day Eventually helping me find my way I question again and again Why am I so different, so bent Maybe that's why you were sent When others around me laugh and enjoy good times...

Added 06 Jul 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 295 | 7 Comments

Recommended Read Learning to Fly

Dear Dad, I should have done this so much sooner but I am a procrastinator as you well know. Sharing my thoughts with you now is the very least I can offer. Soon you won't remember my words and perhaps not even my face. Fate is cruel, stealing your memories but leaving your body healthy and intact. From the time I was little I always felt safe with you. We had so much fun and not always...

Added 20 Sep 2017 | Category Memoirs | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,131 | 12 Comments

Recommended Read Snowstorm

Anticipation is high for the first snow of the year Trips to the store, for bread, milk and more Everyone feeling a bit anxious, maybe a bit of fear Checking my supply of batteries, the seals around doors Weather forecasters in their own heavenly bliss Staying up around the clock, inches first, then feet My hubby and I get ready for bed and share a night kiss With that much snow, we need...

Added 27 Jan 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 946 | 10 Comments

See Saw Soul

my soul to use any word spirals around and I cry backed into a corner it just wants to fly it loves and hates longing for space to live in peace not run in circles and race envying others lives watching them spin happy and content why is my skin so thin a recipe for happiness does it even exist here the entirety of my life searching drowning in fear no more doctors nor pills a formula...

Added 05 Mar 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 890 | 7 Comments

Misery Loves Company

As a parent, you warn your kids about the dangers of the world.  Hopefully, they grow up safe and sound, after heeding your good advice. I had managed to do just that, I raised three boys to their mid-twenties and they are good men.  I proudly passed on my sense of humor and sarcastic outlook on life to them. I was not aware that I had passed on one other thing.  The idea that if you are...

Added 04 Nov 2017 | Category Memoirs | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,056 | 10 Comments

We Always Go On

You used to worship and love all parts of me, do you still? Easy to do when things were tight firm and new Staring in my mirror, I see So many scars, flaws, surely you do too? Approaching from behind a kiss placed at the base of my neck Shh, stop, now's not the time I feel your lips travel and taste their way down to a scar on my arm Lingering, I try to pull away from you Hands turn me...

Added 25 Apr 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 865 | 7 Comments

Heart Flutters

A heart flutters Sit, wait, watch wonder Window sill a bird mutters Eyes please open, see Fingers touch, pulse strong Light return to me Hours, days, each pass Smells assault from this place This surely not the last Beep, a small change Sounds, a voice says my name Feet running, feelings range Relief, guilt all mixed up Back to me, the bird leaves Confusion, I offer you a cup ...

Added 10 Mar 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 925 | 8 Comments


It often starts with a small sound Maybe a little putt, putt or a sigh Some nights a freight train comes round I'm tired and need sleep, but no, I cry I do have choices, move to another room A pillow over my head, maybe earplugs too It's worse now that everything is in bloom Allergies, apnea, find out, but no not you I wander through most days, eyes bleary Love only goes so far, until...

Added 15 Jun 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 906 | 7 Comments

We Remember

When I am ashes upon the shelf Will you remember me When you feel your skin tingle Will you remember me When you sense a breath in your ear Will you remember me When you see my toothbrush by the sink Will you remember me When you see my pictures Will you remember me I saw your name written in a book And I remembered I inhaled the scent from your clothes And I remembered ...

Added 28 Nov 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 876 | 7 Comments

Gillian and the Three Mole Stories

Mole Story One I can't recall when I first realized I had a mole under my arm. It was located in the center of my armpit. Early grade school is my best guess. For the most part, I was blissfully unaware of its presence. Doctors had assured my Mother that it was harmless and there was no need to remove it. It was in third grade that my awareness of it became more pronounced. In those...

Added 06 Jul 2017 | Category Memoirs | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 797 | 7 Comments

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