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365 Pristine Squares

I receive a new wall calendar each Christmas. It’s practical, yet pretty; sensible, yet satisfying. A year’s worth of blank boxes precisely organized into the weeks and months of the upcoming year. I feel a surge of mystical anticipation when I flip through the pages and contemplate what may unfold over the next 365 days. …

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The Ticking Clock of Christmas Carnage

Those cute snow people in the picture above appear to be innocent, festive additions to my holiday decor. However, they represent the most frightening object in my house. Halloween decorations? The mark of an amateur. Skeletons, bats, or spiders can’t hold a candle to the unrelenting horror unleashed when this decoration emerges from its box. …

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Thanksgiving Traditions

Even if your family serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I bet there is at least one dish that makes your holiday celebration unique. You don’t have to take my word for it, just remember that first Thanksgiving away from home. What was missing? Unless that dish is served, it’s not Thanksgiving. For me that special food …

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To Increase Word Count, Lose the Attitude

I recognize attitude when I see it, a teenager’s eye roll, a cat’s saunter, a waiter’s dismissive shrug. So, I received an unpleasant surprise when I evaluated my year-to-date writing progress. Instead of a completed novel, I found a big pile of ATTITUDE. I’ve written several posts about finishing my novel. (See here and here.) …

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Set That Clock!

I reset my clocks on Saturday. A simple action that added an hour to my week. If I did that daily, I might complete my annual goal list, the uber-ambitious January plan. Instead, Halloween has already crept by, and Thanksgiving is lurking outside my front door. (That’s Christmas skulking on the street corner. Don’t believe …

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