Tag Archives: Expectations

It’s Official! I’m Poet Laureate
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On Monday, June 26th, I was sworn in as the City of Livermore’s fourth Poet Laureate. The Commission for the Arts notified me of its selection a few weeks ago, but I wanted to wait to make the announcement until … Continue reading

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Special Olympics Are Truly Special
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up my daughter for the Tri-Valley Special Olympics track team (aka the Tri-Valley Rockets). As I told my father at the first practice, I would have been happy if Katie managed … Continue reading

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The Writer’s March Challenge 2017–An Update
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On March 31st, A Writer’s March 2017 ended. A guest blogger, Bob Sabatini, wrote the final post entitled, “It’s Over! (Whew!).” Bob’s post nicely sums up my feelings on this year’s writing challenge. You can read it here. Afterwards, the … Continue reading

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Sick, Sick, Sick…
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Katie and I are sick again! This has been a rough winter for us health-wise. We both caught a nasty bug in late December, and now we can’t seem to get 100% well. I have reluctantly surrendered to this sorry … Continue reading

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Women and Power
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As I’ve watched the 2016 presidential campaign unfolding, I’ve been struck by several things, but first and foremost, how gender bias still exists—in the media, in politics, in many of us. I find myself constantly surprised—and then not—to see, for … Continue reading

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A Trip to the Park
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I wrote awhile back about the downside of Facebook, and how sometimes—not always, just sometimes—I get sad when I think of all the things I probably will never be able to post about. Then my unplanned life zigs when I … Continue reading

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Waiting
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We are in limbo. Everything is on hold as we wait to see what happens with my daughter’s placement. School started in our district on Monday, August 22nd, and the following week, on August 29th, at Open Mind School (OMS). … Continue reading

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Summer School Surprise
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Summer school. What can I say about summer school? In a word: amazing. I’m serious. After three agonizing months of what can only be described as a horrible in-home “school” experience, summer school has blown my mind. Quite possibly, it … Continue reading

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Death Comes in Threes (Or More)
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It’s going to be a long, sad week. There’s far too much death and dying in my crazy corner of the world. First, a writer I know, Joyce Maynard, announced that her husband, Jim Barringer, was dying. I was shocked. … Continue reading

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Another Trip Around The Sun
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Exactly one year ago today, in the final hours of my 50th year on earth, I submitted a chapbook-length manuscript to Finishing Line Press.. Last October, they accepted it for publication. And today I am halfway through the pre-sales period, … Continue reading

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