Tag Archives: New Jersey

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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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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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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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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Remember writing in #tbt for May 21

Another throwback Thursday, with more writing lessons learned. What have I discovered?   I engaged Twitter a lot more than I do today.  Will I exercise that media more now?  Should I?  Am I missing something vital?  Did I get … Continue reading

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Three techniques to move your exciting memoir forward

Have you ever felt that “ah-ha!”moment of satisfaction when a word or phrase clicks with your writing style like mine did today? Today, my MWG Memoir1 group met via Zoom for our bimonthly critique.  We use the same critique format … Continue reading

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X-ceptional haiku NOT using the word xylophone for #AtoZChallenge

. . I wrote an alphabet haiku using the letter X without the word xylophone. Clever me.  *big smile* My A to Z Challenge theme is alphabet haiku, with each word using the alphabet letter for that day. Who says … Continue reading

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Ode to the future in this #AtoZChallenge haiku

/ / / Once order is restored, there is so much to do. / / / / / I will sip coffee with my husband at Track 5 in Cranford. I will drive to Philadelphia to visit my in-laws and … Continue reading

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GO get ’em on this #AtoZChallenge

I never, ever thought I’d say this, but I miss being dragged around to PokemonGO events. For those unfamiliar: PokemonGO is a phone app game that encourages activity.  It was the first game that required you to play outside, not … Continue reading

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Encourage entertainment on the radio with #AtoZChallenge

Every Monday at 10:00am is the best start to my week. NJ 101.5 is the New Jersey talk radio station whose hosts talk about everything entertaining.  Weekday morning commuting hours feature mostly news, politics and serious stuff.  The fun part … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Lapras

Sometimes you have to believe, and sometimes you need to be believed in. This is the story of a Lapras, the fighter in all of us. In June 2017, my husband and I were adjusting to life in our New … Continue reading

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How I almost lost my blog

Welcome. I almost lost this blog. For a number of reasons, I lost my domain name “dwhirsch.com.” If you click there now, you can buy shoes online. Don’t! Boycott shoes! What’s even more insulting is that the site has nothing … Continue reading

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Happy anti-New Year! Words, focus and remembering January

How are your New Year Resolutions coming along? If you still remember even one of them, that’s not a bad way to start Monday, July 1, 2019. January 1st was a day filled with promise and goals and plans for … Continue reading

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November 1: An anti-NaNoWriMo post

“I own and operate a ferocious ego.”~Bill Moyers, American journalist I forgot. It didn’t matter that a friend asked to buddy me. It didn’t matter that I filled out my form and updated my info. Nope, none of that. I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on October 31

“Sometimes it’s the crazy people who turn out to be not so crazy.”~Kevin Spacey, American actor My thoughts: Happy Halloween!

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Success in writing: Breakdown of #ROW80 Round 4 goals, Part 1 of 3

“All great achievements require time.”~Maya Angelou, American poet  Round 4 goals.  Writing, reading, playing and etc, Today I’m focusing on my writing.  This is how I plan to break down and work on these goals, in no particular order: WRITING: … Continue reading

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An almost-birthday writing reflection of #ROW80 this #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee…. I’m glad you could stop in. This little Starbucks, as you know, is the place we normally say faretheewell to my in-laws before our 12-hour drive back to Michigan. Now that we’re 2 hours away … Continue reading

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Sharing the most interesting writing idea this #WeekendCoffeeShare

If we were having coffee…. I’m glad you could meet us here in Cranford. Today is my day for a Celebratory Frappuccino. I caught another Moltres and my first Tyranitar. I had poor luck yesterday while my husband rocked the … Continue reading

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Writing from a distance: good, bad, both?

“I’m thankful for serendipitous moments in my life, where things could’ve gone the other way.”~Rick Springfield, American musician It should come as no surprise to anyone, but I write about coffee shops. The activity in coffee shops is fascinating, better … Continue reading

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