WRITER’S WORKSHOP II, Week 1: Sally Packed Devilled Eggs, The “Deep-Holes” of Alice Munro

Sally packed devilled eggs—something she usually hated to take on a picnic, because they were so messy. Ham sandwiches, crab salad, lemon tarts—also a packing problem. Kool-Aid for the boys, a half bottle of Mumm’s for herself and Alex. She would have just a sip, because she was still nursing. She had bought plastic champagne … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP II, Week 1: Sally Packed Devilled Eggs, The “Deep-Holes” of Alice Munro

WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 4: A Celebration and My #1 Writing Tip

We came, we saw, we measured—twice. We cut 10% of the excess—once. We twisted our opening lines to create grammatical tension. We have arrived. It’s Week 4 of the Writer’s Workshop, and that means it’s time to step back and celebrate our hard work. Next week, I will be back with some fresh points to … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 4: A Celebration and My #1 Writing Tip

Hallelujah, Classic Poems Presented by Go Dog Go Cafe Baristas

Leonard Cohen was a Canadian Singer, Songwriter, Poet, and Author. The body of work he left behind is honest, prolific, and profound. While the  lyrics to "Hallelujah" don't constitute traditional "classic poetry," they feel comforting to me in these pandemic days we share. I invite you to give a listen to the video version shared … Continue reading Hallelujah, Classic Poems Presented by Go Dog Go Cafe Baristas

WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 3, Curveball Challenge

Something to think about: Our talented writers have some amazing stories brewing in the Go Dog Go Café; but, the water is just getting hot, and we aren’t finished yet! Congratulations to everyone who has traveled this far in our first Writer’s Workshop journey. This week’s quote comes from a wonderful book for writers by … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 3, Curveball Challenge

WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 1, The Fastball

Something to think about:My stepfather, a custom home builder, taught me the basics of carpentry: “measure twice, cut once.” Sounds simple enough, but it takes discipline and an investment in time to slow down and repeat the measurement, and the power saw can be unforgiving. Many are the boards wasted by a few mismarked millimeters. … Continue reading WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 1, The Fastball

THROWBACK FRIDAY, Gossamer Threads, a poem by Tanya

the gossamer threads unwound like a bodice unlaced or a shell cracked or a brittle paper torn skin so delicate that the lightest touch along the curvature of the neck more whispered than felt like a warm spring breeze created such a tremor within the old garment was undone it couldn’t resist the fluttering what … Continue reading THROWBACK FRIDAY, Gossamer Threads, a poem by Tanya