Author Archives: DWHirschAuthor

Reflecting good and bad on #AtoZChallenge 2021

Every year, I tell myself that I will love the annual #AtoZChallenge, and every year, I’m disappointed in something. Daily blogging is hard, which is why I don’t do it. Too often Life happens and writing does not. Can I … Continue reading

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Your recycling is your memoir #AtoZChallenge

Your recycling is a snapshot into your life. Tuesday was recycling night, “Brown Goods (Paper/Cardboard)” per the township calendar. Tuesday, I took a nighttime neighborhood walk in the easy spring air. Intriguing items put out for pickup: – Weight Watchers … Continue reading

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eXceptionally difficult letter, that X – #AtoZChallenge

Next to the letter Q,  X is an intimidating letter. X is strong. X crosses out. X marks the spot. X blocks entrances. X crisscrosses threads that hold items together. X adds hope through fingers and toes. X begins Xe: … Continue reading

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Maybe you will write a letter today, or tomorrow #AtoZChallenge

My friends, how do I love thee? Let me count the stamps. April is a month of showers before flowers, as well as other events: April is, of course, the month for Blogging from A to Z April Challenge since … Continue reading

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Kudos to words in #AtoZChallenge

“Kerfuffle” is not a word I use often, and I need to find a way to do that. I adore fun words.  I bet you do, too.  “Percolate” is one I do try to mix in my writing, and not … Continue reading

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Journey along the #AtoZChallenge

Journeys begin with a thought. “I want to publish a book.” “I want to be healthier.” “I want to travel to San Antonio.” The first step is changing “want to” into “will.” I will publish a book. I will be … Continue reading

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Haiku and having fun with #AtoZChallenge

Have you found a new favorite blog to read? I have. I found two that are fun: What Rhymes with Stanza? Words at rest, words at play She’s writing haiku, so I’m biased here.  Short posts, which makes easy read: … Continue reading

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Flying high-ku for #AtoZChallenge

Feel like flying today? “Hello, how are you?” the coffee barista asks me. “I’m fine” –which I am– “How are you?” “I’m doing okay,” the barista replies. Okay is not a fine thing to be. We can challenge ourselves to … Continue reading

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Desire this haiku for #AtoZChallenge

Does doing what you want always get you your desired end result? I doubt it. Do you know why? I don’t. As long as it’s legal, I’ll try it again. This time, I’ll do something different. Reaching for a goal … Continue reading

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Letter C: Chocolate-filled #AtoZChallenge

Chocolate can inspire almost anything, including haiku. Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and so many holidays these days involve some type of candy. Fourth of July has its S’mores. Christmas defines candy canes. Easter has chocolate bunnies, and Halloween has everything. … Continue reading

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Be a part of #AtoZChallenge in 2021

Beginning is often difficult, but continuing can be harder. I started repainting my office/craft room in 2020. Maybe it was 2019; I lost track of time these recent 12 months. Oh, I can still use the room, move around, function … Continue reading

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Haiku: Day 1, Letter A of 2021 #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Day One–or Day A–of the AtoZ Blogging Challenge 2021. Every day this month, excluding Sundays, bloggers challenge themselves to write posts using the corresponding alphabet Letter of the Day to inspire the posts. Most writers choose theme throughout … Continue reading

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MY 2021 #AtoZChallenge theme is…

It’s that time of the year for the Blogging AtoZ Challenge reveal, and for 2021 I will be creating Alphabet Haiku, with a Twist. It’s the perfect match. April is National Poetry Month, and I’ve enjoyed writing haiku since, oh, … Continue reading

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A peek inside my journal: Dare to dream

Friday, 8-18 [2006] 1:25p Haggerty SB                       It’s SB-Detroit Tigers Day!!                       I got a photo w/Paws, the Tigers mascot … Continue reading

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Start your new year with new writing

It’s a new year, a new start and time for a new journal. Do you journal? If you don’t, now is an excellent time to start. A journal has been at my side since college.  They began as a way … Continue reading

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Looking back to look ahead: a Journal entry

A look back into the real world.   Interesting that this journal entry was written in the color pink, the same as my journal entry now in 2021.  Coincidence? Sat, Jan 3 2015 3:50p SB @ Horsham He wanted to try … Continue reading

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The Big Santa Talk

The key to spreading holiday joy is a jingle bell necklace. December 2017 Our first Christmas back in New Jersey My husband and I watch the family of elves walk into the coffee shop.  The three adults are dressed in … Continue reading

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Are you the writer you were in 2011?

Today’s post is inspired by an email, reminding me of a writer I used to be. Monday morning. Coffee. Egg sandwich. “Where are you now?” hour on NJ 101.5 streaming on my app. Empty planner pages with two appointments written … Continue reading

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Published a tiny bit in Molecule – a tiny lit

Being published is a good thing, so why do I feel a little bit? Molecule is a bi-annual literary online magazine that publishes 50-word poetry and prose along with small-scale artwork. It’s a struggle cutting down to a 500-word piece, … Continue reading

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Questions from a fearful writer

My Montclair Memoir1 group Zoomed yesterday, and a comment at the end tugged me. One of the members–I’ll call him John–is, of course, writing a memoir. The piece John shared yesterday was shorter than usual. The snippets we all share … Continue reading

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