Helping a stranger in her time of need…

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Back when I was still embroiled in corporate life as a regional manager for a national magazine, our company mandated that we attend a sales meeting in Nantucket.

My co-worker Bill and I had flown to Boston together from LA. Upon our arrival, we noticed that the weather had turned sour. A dense fog had come in, thicker than a brick, making flying out of to the island impossible.

We began chatting with another woman who was stuck at the terminal with us. She wore a festive straw hat to commemorate her…

The future of publishing?

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Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash

“Honey, what would you like for your birthday? Another book?”

“Sure, yeah that sounds fine…”

“Do you want another thriller? Or something different this time? You’ve already got a lot of thrillers.”

“Why don’t you surprise me?”

“Well, I need a little guidance… What style? Gillian Flynn? John Grisham? Stephen King?”

“You know I love Stephen King… Haven’t read him in awhile…”

“You wanted it to resemble some of his earlier work?”

“Sure, I love that early macabre stuff. His writing was better then.”

“Should this one take place in Maine, or should I decide on a new locale?”


I’m far too vain to let it go grey…

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Photo by Mary McGrath

With Covid still rearing its ugly head, many of us have had to adjust our beauty plans. Forfeiting the beauty salon is one of the many sacrifices I’ve had to make.

I had a great hairstylist in Los Angeles a few years ago, but being down in Naples, FL has forced me to start all over trying to find an affordable colorist.

And with Covid, it’s a delicate situation. Who wants to sit in a chair for several hours wearing a mask? Not me.

But, I decided to face my fears…

Mary McGrath

Mary writes from Los Angeles and Naples, FL. Some of her credits include: Newsweek, Wall St. Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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