Snippets From the Past – April 20

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 20. *1970 (age 12): Got Report Cards – 2 C’s, 3 B-’s, 4 B’s, 3 B+’s; 3/2’s, 1/1-’s, 3/1’s; 1 day absent, 0 tardies. On back, Mrs. Allen said “Good Joan, much improvement here” As I mentioned before, grades were a big deal. I noticed, no “A’s” this time. […]

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Author Spotlight – Annis Cassells

In celebration of National Poetry Month I’m chatting with poet/writer, Annis Cassells about her indie-published poetry collection, You Can’t Have It All. Congratulations, Annis! I’m so excited for you. Q: Please share your background (educational/where you grew up): I grew up mostly in Detroit, Michigan and attended public schools. Not knowing what I might want […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 16

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 16. *1970 (age 12): Hot Dog Day. I was mean to Bob so I didn’t get to have hot dogs. So what!!! First, if you’ve been following along, Hot Dog Day was a big deal to me. (Funny, because now I can’t stand to eat them!) Second, note the […]

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Snippets From The Past – April 15

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 15. *1970 (age 12): Vicki and I went bike riding to Safeway and Family Farmacy. Went to her house and at dinner over there. Love the way I spelled ‘Pharmacy.’ We used to ride bikes all over and Safeway and Family Pharmacy were two of our favorite destinations to […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 14

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 14. *1970 (age 12): Gym Day. Went on trampoline – fun. Went to Piano Class. On one page I got a racoon because I played excellently. I wasn’t fond of the trampoline, but I guess that day’s experience was much better. The infamous stickers in piano class. A racoon […]

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My Biggest Struggle – Motivation

In March, I posed a question to my newsletter subscribers, “What is your biggest writing struggle?” I received quite a few responses and will continue to answer them in upcoming “Writing Tips” blog posts. Reader Question: My biggest struggle with writing right now is getting motivated! How do you motivate yourself to sit down and […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 8

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 8. *1970 (age 12): Sue’s birthday. (10) Got new piano books. Also, Mom got a harmonica & plastic flute. Mom got a letter from Aunt Clare in Portland and it said that Uncle Joe has lung cancer also in other parts where it’s very dangerous. My sister, Sue, was […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 6

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 6. *1970 (age 12): No School (Teacher’s In Service Meeting). Went to Pennies and got 2 bras, 1 shirt, 3 pairs of unders, a pink nightgown, and a yellow polka dot robe. First of all, it was Penney’s. Second, I give myself a big high-five for all the details, […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 5

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 5. *1970 (age 12): Mass. Vicki stayed over last night. I went to her house. Somewhat confusing entry. If Vicki stayed over at my house, but then I said I went to her house… was that after or before she stayed over? Ambiguous, yet intriguing. *1971 (age 13): Mon. […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 1

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 1. *1970 (age 12): APRIL FOOLS! Fooled Bob. Told him it was snowing and he believed me! Played tetherball at school. One of my favorite things to do on April Fool’s Day was to tell my brother it was snowing on. He fell for it just about every year. […]

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