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Where strangers are family.

Vaughn by Erin Murphy



Erin Murphy’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, Memoir Magazine, The Normal School, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the author or editor of eight books, including Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (SUNY Press, 2016), winner of the Gold Medal Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona. website:


A boy, a boy with pimples and a coltish gait, has died. A boy, the younger brother of my daughter’s friend, has died, has taken his own life. I watched him play in the pool, hour after hour of splat ball and Marco Polo, summer after summer, as he grew taller than his sister. Still, she’d spread his towel to dry in the sun and waited for him at the end of the day as he stabbed his wet feet…

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If any one’s feeling down 🙂

Six Website-Building Tips for Beginners


We recently shared how to set up a fixed front page for those of you who want an online presence that’s more like a website, not a blog. Here are six more tweaks that will refine your website and move it closer to your vision.

Add a contact page

If you’re building a website for a business, consulting gigs, or professional work, offer a method for people to contact you. Take a peek at our resource on evergreen page content — which discusses contact pages — then follow these steps to add a contact form to a page.

Explore creative ways to use the contact form.

Here’s an example of a simple, well-designed Contact page on the website of traveler and freelance writer Tricia Mitchell:

Create a custom menu with essential pages

Browse these 10 About pages we love for inspiration.

So, you’ve got a Contact page, an About…

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12 Books Guaranteed to Make You Cry

Just in case someone’s looking for them. Give your opinions as well!

Upset for the future

I only hold sorrow now

For I know that the lesson you taught me

Will slowly be forgotten,

Aren’t I blashpemous?

Never known

A flutter, a quiver

And then silence.

Not sure what I feel.

I’ve never known to be in love before.

Saturday Smiles – Words, Words, Words

A great Saturday start!

soulgifts - Telling Tales

Isn’t language a wonderful thing? 

Did you know it’s alive ?


new words or a new use for an old word, or the act of making up new words

in mental health used to describe a symptom of brain dysfunction

as is the delightful term word salad used to describe a string of random words

Now, down to business.

Cobs over at Cobweborium Emporium brought my attention to this delightful list from the Washington Post’s annual neologism contest:

  1. Coffee (n), the person upon whom one coughs.
  2. Flabbergasted (adj) appalled over how much weight you have gained.
  3. Abdicate (v) to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
  4. Esplanade (v) to attempt an explanation while drunk.
  5. Willy-nilly  (adj), impotent.
  6. Negligent (adj), describes a condition in which you absent mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
  7. Lymph (v), to walk with a lisp.
  8. Gargoyle (n), gross live-flavoured…

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The Judge

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Like Pavlov’s dogs going into a salivating frenzy at the sound of a bell, nothing has the same effect on Islamophobes, including the Assadist left, except the word sharia. For them, this means ISIS trying people for smoking and then handing out a death sentence.

The documentary “The Judge” that opens today at Cinema Village in NYC will not only provide a different perspective on sharia law but on the social dynamics of Palestinians living in the West Bank. The judge referred to in the title is Kholoud al-Faqih, the first woman to serve on a sharia court in the Middle East. In the West Bank, there are two types of courts. One is a civil court that tries criminal cases such as theft, assaults, etc. The sharia court functions in the same way that family court functions in the USA and other secular societies. We see Khouloud weighing in…

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Let this one go, Mom. What will be will be. (And it’ll be OK.)

Chanced upon something i had read QUITE a while ago, but it’s still a great post to reread.Hope y’all like it too.


A worried mother of a three-year-old sent me an email recently, asking for my advice.  She was trying to answer the very same question that plagued me when my child was the same age and saying the same things:  Is it OK to let such a young child transition to another gender?  Or to even let them know that it might be a possibility for them to do so at some point?  

I’m guessing this is the same question that keeps you up at night, too, if you have a young child saying they are not the gender you thought they were.  I wrote the worried mom back with the advice I wish I’d been given sooner, and she gave me permission to share our emails on my blog.  Here you go:

Hi Marlo,

I have a three year old boy and about 6 months ago he told me he…

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