Category Archives: Conversation thief

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Serendipity is wiser than owls or oak trees. That’s a lot of wisdom. More cunning than coyotes? Possibly, but wisdom and chance take a different stance. They stand outside the rules of the game. A win is not that different … Continue reading

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rocking chair

Sometimes, when no one is there, it starts. The creak of wood on wood could be mistaken for a draft or the wind through the panes, but the windows are on the other side of the room and besides, it’s … Continue reading

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hat

‘Hmm…have you seen an incredibly tall, stovepipe hat?’ he asks, peering at me, his face coming much closer to mine than it has in years. ‘No, no, no!’ I giggle, delighted that we are playing this game. ‘Hmm…perhaps I left … Continue reading

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Banners waving in the wind, high up, seen from a distance across a valley or a field. The colours begin bright. The threads still woven tight in the weave, the ribbons whip and snap in the breeze. Against a cloudless sky … Continue reading

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Radio waves.

Friday afternoon, one week into May, a soft rain outside.   I can now see the blossoms on the pear tree that had been blocked from my view over the past few years by a sneaky tree that popped up and … Continue reading

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Word Bank

I’ve been reading the dictionary this week. Well, a dictionary: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. My motivation comes from Priscilla Long’s recommendation in The Writer’s Portable Mentor to gather words.  She believes that for writers, collecting words is a … Continue reading

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Sensei Lee

Today my son is 8 years old.   Here’s a conversation between Nick and his friend Peter that I overheard as I followed them home from school a few weeks ago: “Nick, I didn’t see you at playtime today.  Where were … Continue reading

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