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Dream, Book, Moon

I just googled 'bats' thinking I'd put an image of a bat here because I had wild dreams about bats last week. As soon as I saw a photo of a bat in flight, it occurred to me that bats are a hot subject these days. That it is from a bat, some say, that… Continue reading Dream, Book, Moon

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A Nice Little Win!

A wonderful email to open on a cloudy Wednesday morning: The winner of Penable's 2 poetry competition is.... Vanessa Shields!! Victoria Abah said, 'She brought the poem to life. Love the use of the mermaid and the description of crisp cold water. I know that feeling all too well.' Congratulations Vanessa! Here is what she… Continue reading A Nice Little Win!

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High School Dream (Recurring)

I had a recurring dream last night. It's the one where I'm back in high school (Go Raiders! Assumption College School) and I'm late for a class. Also, all my assignments are late or I can't find them. There are hundreds of students around, uniform-clad, moving in slightly slow motion, and seemingly calm. Me, I'm… Continue reading High School Dream (Recurring)

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Hot Truths from a Hot Mess

I feel like a hot mess. I mean, if I step outside for more than four minutes, I actually am a hot mess. (#boobsweat/#thighjuice/#yupijusthashtaggedthat) I'm feeling like a hot mess inside though. Like, in the deeps. I think this always happens to me when summer vacation for the kids actually starts. It's like, I worry about it… Continue reading Hot Truths from a Hot Mess

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HELLO! Whatcha readin’? Bookish things for you.

HELLO! The hubby and I had a fancy date to go see Lionel Richie at the DTE Theatre over the weekend. It was AMAZING! Summer vacation has officially started for the kidlets. We have been spending much time together - poolside, inside the pool - playing cards, watching movies, playing badminton and backgammon. We have… Continue reading HELLO! Whatcha readin’? Bookish things for you.

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Changes. And Little Fish.

Changes. I spent yesterday taking down the book-wallpaper I put up at the 'first' Gertrude's. It was bitter sweet. I can't believe that it's nearly been one year since I opened Gertrude's Writing Room...and I'm in a new space and working through all that comes with BIG CHANGE. I remember how elated I was when… Continue reading Changes. And Little Fish.

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Moving Day & More!

Hello friends! It's been over a month since my last post. Golly - that's way too long of a break! I promise that the reasons are legit! Big news first: We're moving! That's right, Gertrude's Writing Room has a new home and we're moving in this weekend! I'm over-the-moon with excitement and pre-moving day jitters.… Continue reading Moving Day & More!

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And then – a day opens!

Last night after I watched 'A Few Good Men' (I was craving Tom Cruise, what can I say?), I looked in my datebook to see what was on the schedule for today. I did a little jig when I saw that the day was open until 5pm! A whole day to fill up with...with what?!… Continue reading And then – a day opens!