Chrissy: Jen’s Imaginary Friend


I've missed writing every day, but felt as though when I hit day 365, I was done and there wasn't much left for this blog. I think about writing most days, checking out the daily prompts hoping that something would go off like a flashbulb in my head.  Today it happened, light bulb moment, when … Continue reading Chrissy: Jen’s Imaginary Friend

Punctuation, Perfectly Positioned, Promotes Productive Prose


We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks! I am semi-colon happy; I admit it, freely.  I used to be comma happy but I learned my lesson.  … Continue reading Punctuation, Perfectly Positioned, Promotes Productive Prose

Color Parade


During the Week of the Young Child a few weeks ago the children at our nearby Head Start Center put on their own parade; a Color Parade! Over the PA system in our offices the word went out that we should get up from our stuffy desks and greet these little treasures and cheer them … Continue reading Color Parade

Does There Need To Be A Reason?


In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe? Does there have to be a reason to believe? Seriously, does everything we believe have to have an explanation, a rationale? When we're little kids we don't look for … Continue reading Does There Need To Be A Reason?

Pride & Joy, Prized Possessions


I'd like to think that I don't really put too much value in having "things" as I get older.  Maybe its age, wisdom, or my brush with cancer; or maybe it's having two cats that run around the house willy-nilly and have broken several of my favorite knickknacks.   Over the years I've collected music boxes, rocking chairs, and pieces … Continue reading Pride & Joy, Prized Possessions

Love Letter from My Granddaughter


The first thing that came to my mind after reading the prompt for this week's photo challenge:  LETTERS, was this picture I took of my granddaughter Coco's letter she sent to us last July.  We'd had no word from the grandchildren since February 2013, so when I saw this envelope in the mailbox, my heart … Continue reading Love Letter from My Granddaughter

The Wanderer: Daily Prompt


Tell us about the top five places you’ve always wanted to visit. GO! I'm not a traveler by nature, never really been bitten by the bug. There are places I'd like to see, though. In no particular order they are: Ireland; to find out about my ancestors Hawaii; to see the pineapple plantations and volcanic … Continue reading The Wanderer: Daily Prompt

The Wonderful World of Disney (or, Saturday Nights When I Was A Kid)


Today's prompt: S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! What’s your favorite way to spend Saturday night? I am a confirmed homebody and am proud to state it for all the world to know. Spending Saturday nights at home is a well grounded childhood memory. After our baths, we sat in front of the television to watch Lawrence Welk and … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Disney (or, Saturday Nights When I Was A Kid)

Dating Disasters Lead To…


I could fill volumes with relationship disaster stories, they'd make a great sitcom script, stand-up routine, or sketch on SNL with Kristin Wiig playing me. Let's just say that from about 1999 to 2004 (when I met my future husband) there were a few disasters. Here are some highlights of first date disasters that would … Continue reading Dating Disasters Lead To…

Can’t Get it Out of My Head: A DP Writing Prompt


Have you ever become obsessed with something? Tell us about something that captivates your attention like nothing else. I'm not sure I'd call it obsession, but I definitely go through phases of intense interest. The thing I wish I could be obsessed with is exercise, but that's not likely. Usually, it's with books and authors … Continue reading Can’t Get it Out of My Head: A DP Writing Prompt