Thoughts Category

On Getting Lost in Creativity

All day long, I put off working on my writing project. I know I needed to sit and get down thoughts, but couldn’t find the energy But only after putting on my pjs last night did I feel like sitting and writing. I’m glad I did—that’s the thing about creativity—you are always glad you did […]

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On Writing Experiments and Birthdays

I’ve been writing. Honest. Actually, more than I have in quite some time. At the end of May, I felt myself fall into a funk that even writing couldn’t improve. I know writing will bring me back to myself, as it always has, but couldn’t muster the energy to give a shit about words. For […]

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Upon Turning 50//Poem 1

When people ask about your dating life after 50 (as if it’s any of their fucking business) And you say You’ve sworn off apps (your hobbies do not include dating) You’ve already raised and buried a husband (marriage is a man-made construct) You love your life (Friday nights at home are your vibe) You’re happily […]

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Squares

Would my life be better if I had learned to play chess instead of checkers? Then I could start out as a king Instead of waiting for my crown.

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Time to Write: A Reader/Writer’s Inventory

This year has been an extraordinarily unique 15 months in the life of a public school teacher. Fifteen months sounds short; a year and 3 months has a more succinct ring–but however you’d choose to phrase it, every moment of that time has been spent on a slippery slope redefining what’s important, necessary, and relevant […]

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Time to Write: The Stories We Tell

What’s your story? When uttered by an adult, that phrase usually struck fear into the heart of young Beth, suggesting I’d made a wrong choice, a bad decision, or run my big mouth when I shouldn’t have. In fact, an iteration of that question asked by my 5th grade teacher in a moment of haste […]

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What to Do When Words Don’t Come

Being in that place where it’s time to put words down on the page but they refuse to show up can feel incredibly isolating, but it needn’t be. Since the days of papyrus and charcoal (or whatever ancient writing implements were used!), feeling blocked in getting our ideas from the abstract to the concrete faces […]

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Time to Write: Getting Words to the Page

Now that we have all this space and paper, what on earth do we begin to write about? This may be the easy part for you–you may have been wanting to write for quite some time, but lacked the impetus. Stories of your grandkids, poems about your travels, a blog about breakfast cereals. Perhaps the […]

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On Control

What is control, anyway? This urge, this compulsion to hold on to the good and keep away the bad, to the best of our human ability, (is what we perceive only good to us? Can our good be someone else’s bad, and vice versa?), this unwillingness to sit, vulnerable and open, in the flow of […]

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