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REVIEW: Fun Home is Heart-wrenching, Poetic & Funny @attpac #FunHome

Fun Home: Opening Night Ovation in Dallas Fun Home, which won five Tony Awards (including Best Musical) is an engaging and unusual coming-of-age tale. The show is now playing in Dallas, Texas where it opened to a cheering crowd and standing ovation last night. Fun Home: A Cartoonist’s Life Story Fun Home is an original musical play based on the best-selling graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic  written and drawn by cartoonist, Alison Bechdel. The story is revealed through the eyes of Alison Bechdel during three pivotal stages in her life: as a 10-year-old girl, a college freshman, and…

TGWW Radio Show: Jen Devillier on “Manifesting Mr or Mrs Right”

This week’s Teal Gray Worldwide Radio Show: Are you looking for Mr or Mrs Right? Join Teal Gray & Tui Snider as Psychic Medium/Spiritual Teacher, Jen Devillier, joins them to discuss how to manifest the perfect romantic partner for you on the next episode of Teal Gray Worldwide Radio!   Jen Devillier: How to Manifest the Perfect Relationship for You? Guest Bio: Jen Devillier is a Psychic Medium/Spiritual Teacher/Author/Lecturer and very well versed at doing a variety of readings including Tarot, Numerology, Egyptian Scarabs, Angel readings, Fairy Reading, and even Astrology. Jen has been guiding people since 1993 and helps them…

Fresh Donuts, with a Side of Misogyny

Bite Size Memoir: First Jobs Although I can laugh about it now, it is with slight trepidation that I reveal my response to Lisa Reiter’s Bite Size Memoir Prompt for this week. For years, I was so ashamed of this incident. After all, I didn’t just get fired from my first job, I also got arrested for the first (and only!) time: 1. I remember the smell of fresh donuts, and wearing shirts with sleeves I could roll down when bagging fresh-baked French bread, which would scratch up my arms, otherwise. 2. I remember my boss wearing a suit and…

Memoir Mondays & a Blog Hop for Non-Fiction

This Week’s #BiteSizeMemoir Prompt: Camping THE PLAN: I intended to spend the week reading books, swimming, stargazing, and sailing our little 12 foot boat. My sister had a tan to perfect, and fish to catch. My parents, I’m sure, simply wanted to relax. THE DISASTER: The August sun held out until we reached the lakeside campground. First came the splats of big fat drops. This crescendoed to a steady downpour as we frantically pitched our tent. THE REALITY: No swimming, fishing, sailing, or tanning. Instead, we told stories and read books. We played card games and Scrabble. Mom won the…

Bite Size Memoir: Fairies & Magic

What is Bite Size Memoir? Bite Size Memoir is a new writing project created by Lisa Reiter. Here’s how she describes it: Bite size memoir is designed to help anyone record some personal memoir in small manageable bites. There’s a prompt every week and some constraints to keep it small… Feel free to dip in and out each week without commitment. Participants are given a prompt each week, then asked to respond with either a 150 word prose/poem, or 10 statements starting with “I remember” that are triggered by the prompt. I chose the prose route this week. While Lisa’s…

Rancid Butter is My Pomegranate

What is your pomegranate? Today’s post is in response to the following writing prompt posted by Morgan Dragonwillow at the Story Dam website: Writing Prompt: What is your pomegranate? What is it that when you see, hear, or taste immediately takes you to another place and time? Tell us about it in as much detail as you can or give your character such a moment in time. Word Prompt: Memories Share your stories, characters, scenes with us by linking up. Make sure you visit your neighbors one or two before and after. If you are last on the list go…

Texas Graveyards: Smoke Rise Farm Pet Cemetery in Azle

Texas is full of historic graveyards and I love exploring them. I rarely visit modern cemeteries, unless there is someone famous buried there or a particularly unique headstone to check out. For the most part, newer graveyards lack the history, the beautiful old trees, and the finely crafted headstones and monuments of the older ones. Yesterday, however, I checked out a graveyard that has only been around since 1982. What made me curious about Smoke Rise Farm (11330 Mountain View Drive, Azle, Texas 76020) is that it’s a pet cemetery. I’d never seen an official animal graveyard before, so I…

Row80 & a Ren Fair Redux

Ren Fair Redux As I mentioned in My Big Fat Ren Fair Wedding I got married last year at a Renaissance festival down in Waxahachie, Texas. This made planning this year’s anniversary celebration pretty easy; the festival gives us a built-in party to attend each year. I also thawed out the top of our wedding cake and much to our surprise, it was still moist and tasty. I forgot to bring my main point and shoot camera, though, so I could only take photos with my iPhone this time around. I love snapping pics with my iPhone, except that when…

ROW80 – A Little Help from my Twitter Friends

Here’s my ROW80 check in: It’s been a challenging adjustment working at my husband’s boat shop. Most days I manage to peek at Twitter, my email, and post photos on Instagr.am, but they don’t call it, “the busy season,” for nothing. By the time I get home, I’m too frazzled and tired to string words together. In fact, since I struggle with anemia-related fatigue, I often crawl right into bed after work. After my first week, it became obvious that I was not going to get any writing done if I didn’t do something differently. But what? Since my writing…

ROW80 Check-in: Pass the WD-40, please!

ROW80 Check-in I am in panic mode right now about writing my book because in a couple of weeks I will be working in an office full-time. After working from home for the past five years, this is going to be a big change. [What’s ROW80? Check out the A Round of Words in 80 Days website.] Long story short: my husband needs a secretary/bookkeeper for his boat shop, and he needs someone he can trust, since previous employees have done nasty things (stealing, mostly.) Hubby also seems to think I can write on the job, since folks before me…

My First ROW80 Check-in: How Twitter Prompted Me to Write a Memoir

I love reading memoirs and diaries (published ones!) I recently picked up three memoirs at Half Price Books: “Waiting – the true confessions of a waitress,” by Debra Ginsberg, “But enough about me,” by Jancee Dunn and “Growing up Psychic,” by Matthew Modine. I enjoyed all three, but the opening of Ginsberg’s memoir really spoke to me: “I’ve been a writer longer than I’ve been a waitress and, as such, a perpetual student of the human experience… I wanted my own stories and saw no better way to collect them… Truly, there has never been a dull moment at the…