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Celebrate National Emoji Day (July 17th) For the Win!

Celebrate National Emoji Day (July 17th) For the Win!

It’s National Emoji Day on July 17th! Emojis make me deliriously happy. So much so that when I was having Newsletter plugin issues on my website, my friend helped me fix them instead of watching me omit them from my newsletter. This was the awakening that I really could not live without my little cartoony friends. Reluctantly, I was willing to “let them go.” However, my friend was persistent, “But you LOVE…

A Hail Mary and the Gun That Never Was

A Hail Mary and the Gun That Never Was

I get asked this question a lot: Why Westerns? That’s a darned good question that has an ironic answer woven into its fabric. Short answer: I took a class and came up with the idea there; hint: there was a gun involved. A couple of years ago, one of the writers from my accountability group suggested a class called The Fearless Writer, taught by Laura Baker, and a handful of us took…

The Skeleton in Barbie’s Closet

The Skeleton in Barbie’s Closet

Barbie has a skeleton in her closet and it isn’t in the closet in her mega-mansion. I suppose that many a little girl of certain time periods were coerced, cajoled, or even praised for her femininity. My mother desperately wanted me to be a girly-girl. No surprise, I was a tomboy. However, I was a girly tomboy who didn’t like dolls. She thought I “should” play with dolls. I can’t tell you…

She-Story

She-Story

She-story was the product of a writing retreat I went to this past weekend. It became a sort of code for this is really my story/event/me and kind of fun thing to say to each other. It was a way saying I get you albeit with more lightness and levity. But the more I thought about she-story, the more profound it became in my mind. It turned into a deeper connection to…

The Cake Never Arrived

The Cake Never Arrived

I won’t name any names with this story, but it’s about a wedding and the missing wedding cake. Once upon a time, there was a girl who really, really wanted the guy. They had an on-again, off-again relationship, but finally came to terms and decided to live together. Eventually, they married. There were some in the kingdom who rejoiced with news of this reunion and others who remained stoic. However, as time…

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