The fabulous Lala has tagged me with the Pink Sisterhood tag. It’s very early in the morning, and after yesterday, I am way too tired to figure out how to post the logo and all that jazz.

I’m tired because yesterday was spent among tears and photos at my sister’s house, where my momma spent the last four years of her life. Three of those years were spent fighting breast cancer. Of course, none of us get out alive, and momma passed on August 22 of this year, less than three weeks before the birth of her first great-grandbaby. She was 71.


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My Political Statement

I’m concerned about a lot of things happening in this country right now, and the war in Iraq is one of them.

I believe this man is the musical genius and conscience of this generation.

I’ve heard, but haven’t verified, that he took his lyrics from actual letters of the soldiers.

I believe if McCain/Palin get in to office he will have much more to sing about. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

There are comments posted below the video from actual combat veterans and other people affected. They are from the comments that accompanied the video, and I’ve posted them as is.  I didn’t post the lyrics because they speak for themselves.

It’s painful. But please, watch it.

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Not Just Another Monkey

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In the local paper a week or so ago, there was a story on a woman in her 60’s who, ten years ago, made a list of the goals she wanted to accomplish in her life. They weren’t goals like most people’s, like balance the checkbook, get the oil changed, finish the laundry….they were BIG goals, like walk the Great Wall of China, publish and produce a play, stuff like that. It took her ten years to accomplish her 20 goals, and now she’s made a list of 20 more. She funds all this by entering (and winning!) sweepstakes and contests.

Well, that sure made me sit up and think. Maybe my goals are too small, or too narrow. Maybe I need to expand my horizons a little. Not that we don’t need the little goals, but perhaps we need to extend our reach beyond what we think we can do, in order to push ourselves to realize our full potential.

With that in mind, I have made my own 20 Goals To Do Before I Die And Go To Hell list:

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What It's Like

A post on my private blog was the inspiration for this one — I was having a restless night, wrestling with the hamsters. You know, the rodents that run around in your head chasing each other, nibbling on their tails, chewing the furniture and pooping on the floor.

Yes, you know what I’m talking about. Don’t pretend.

Anyway, I logged on to the computer, plugging into my favorite musical playlist. Randomly (although I’m Very Suspicious of Random Events, aren’t you? I mean, I get the feeling some things are Not So Random, but I digress,) one of my favorite tuneages showed up, and I hunted down the video.

What It’s Like

Please go watch. I’ll wait.


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If You Don't Read Anything Else Today…

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Please go and read Jonathan Crossfield’s post about Blue Day (aka World Mental Health Awareness Day.)

This talented writer says it better than I ever could, and I applaud his courage and eloquence in posting about a subject that is so painful and very difficult for most depressives to talk about.

So, please. Read. Take notes. It’s very likely either you, or someone close to you, suffers from depression and/or anxiety. Know you aren’t alone. Know there are ways to manage. Become educated.

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Working It

Although my first love is, and always will be, flash fiction, the truth of the matter is it’s very difficult to make a living from writing flash fiction. However, it’s been a great training ground for an actual career in making a living for what I love to do most, which is writing in general.

The working life of a freelancer is full of ups and downs. I’ve had some success in writing web content and articles; the problem is finding a steady market. I did some work for a woman who owned several websites, but she insisted on keyword-stuffing the articles, and there were a couple of experiences with flash fiction that really helped me do this.

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Ruminations Regarding Flash Fiction Part 2

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I am enamored by the flash fiction form. (I think you might know this about me.)

It is also known as micro-fiction, postcard fiction, short-shorts, sudden fiction…the list goes on and on. It’s popular in China. Actually, it’s gaining popularity everywhere.

As far as I can tell, flash has been around for years and years. What are Aesop’s fables but brilliant flashes?

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