Flash Fiction: A Good Date

I wrote this piece many months ago inspired by a friend’s Facebook post highlighting her…let’s just say amusing…experiences with online dating and dating apps. It’s been through quite a few iterations by this point, but I really enjoy this particular version of the story, and I hope you will too. Thanks for reading! A Good […]

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APRPAD 2020 – Selections

April is National Poetry Month, and there’s often a “Poem-a-Day” challenge that goes along with it. 2019 is the first time I truly participated in it, and much like last year, this year I did most of the days. Unlike last year, I didn’t post them regularly here on my site, but now that we’re […]

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A Found Poem: #StayHome

Yesterday, a friend of mine forwarded me a tweet by Jessica Salfia that had gone viral. It was a piece of “found poetry” which, as the definition on Poets.org says, is the “literary equivalent of a collage.” Inspired by Salfia’s work, I decided to give the exercise a try myself this morning, taking the first […]

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Stay Home = Disney Time!

So, back in December of 2019 — which, by my count, was about six thousand years ago — I set out a few Pop Culture themed challenges for myself to complete in this new decade. One of them was to watch all of the Walt Disney Animated Classics that had a theatrical release — so, […]

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How Taco Bell Changed My Outlook on Writing

OH HEY, I HAVE A NEW ESSAY PUBLISHED. Let’s just get that very, very important bit o’ news out of the way. That’s right, my creative non-fiction/memoir essay titled “The Bell Rings, or Four Key Life Moments in a Taco Bell” has been included in Volume 2 of Taco Bell Quarterly. What is TBQ? How […]

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On Legends and Grief

I played basketball when I was in middle school. I’ve attended exactly one NBA game and one Harlem Globetrotters game. I have never participated in March Madness bracket. I don’t even know if I could name more than a dozen pro-basketball teams (are there even more than a dozen? I assume so, but I’m not […]

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And the nominees are…n’t?

WTF Oscars. I shouldn’t be surprised at this point. I know that. And I know there are plenty of people out there who like to espouse the “just don’t care” “the Oscars are pointless anyways” “it doesn’t matter” mantras. But here’s the issue: the Oscars do still matter. Maybe they shouldn’t, but that’s a different […]

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Book Thoughts: End of 2019 Celebri-Reads

My Celebri-Reads Book Club has a LOT of exciting new books ahead of us now that 2020 has finally arrived. Here’s our list for the year: If those covers are a bit hard to read, here’s the list: Audition: A Memoir by Barbara Walters Karamo by Karamo Brown The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by […]

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2020 Pop Culture Challenge: MY Rory Reading List

Okay, I’ve given my challenge lists some more thought, and I’ve decided to pare down the Rory Gilmore Reading List for my personal decade (or shorter) challenge. Here’s what I’ve pulled from the list: Anything I’ve read before. Yes, in my initial blog, I said I would re-read them in the spirit of the challenge, […]

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2020: Pop Culture Challenges

We’re at the dawn of a new decade**, and that always causes me to feel inspired to take on some big challenges. Usually in December I find myself setting up challenges for the next year ahead, but let’s face it — the days are long but the years are short, and maybe a ten year […]

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