This is the archive of posts from my original blog “The Life Dream,” that started it all. :) Posts are from 2013-2015.

Fighting Dirty

This is a piece I've been holding on to for years (since my kids were in elementary school). Today I was inspired by a fellow writer to post this. Hope you can relate. :-D  Phyllis Diller once said, “Cleaning your house while your kids…
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Forgot My Own Anniversary

On March 6th, two years ago, I started this here blog thang. But truly what I did was commit to my dream of becoming a writer. And this March 6th I totally forgot to post something to celebrate. Doh! To those of you who have read my posts…

Iris

The impropriety, Bill sniffed, that guy needs to get his woman under control. He glanced at Iris as they made their evening stroll down Michigan Avenue to the L. To him it appeared that she barely registered the couple arguing outside the…
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A Bromide Rejection

Another Rejection. The third that week. It came with a one liner of feedback (a rarity): "Your work is stronger when relaying experience and specifics as opposed to relying too heavily at times on bromides." I paused. I was being rejected…

Parting Words of 2014 (from Amy Poehler)

I am reading Amy Poehler's Yes, Please right now [love]. I especially enjoyed the preface, entitled "Writing is Hard: a Preface." This year more than others I'm intimately aware of that statement. Writing a book is a bitch, but one that is…
fear or love

fear or love

A friend posted this on Facebook today and I had to share it with you. Jim Carrey is one of my favorite comedians, but he is also profound. Go ahead, ask the Universe for what you really want. Work toward it, let go of how it comes to…
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Make it Happen

Mariah Carey's self-titled album (her debut album actually) was the first CD I owned.  I can still remember sitting on our back deck one summer, at dusk. Our brand new black boombox that had a--wait for it--CD player, was set near the steps.…
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Just Write

"There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don't, and the secret is this:  It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write.  What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance." I've just dipped…
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Mind The Gap

For those of us who are struggling to produce something worthwhile, striving to make our art, perhaps even our magnum opus, it can sometimes seem like we're just treading water. Like we are barely keeping our heads above the waves, let alone…

Feel Wonder Again

A walk in the park.  Our busy lives make it seem so difficult. I'm making the simple act of walking more of a priority in my daily life. And boy howdy, does it change my mood. It was good to just be in the moment. To feel the wonder again. Here…