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Dear Reader,

If this were a real fancy-pants newsletter, it would have mail-merge and I would not have to call you “Dear Reader.” I could be like Miss Nancy, and call you by name:

Have you been a Do Bee or a Don’t Bee, this week? I’ve been a little bit of both, to be honest!

After traveling to Dallas for my niece’s historic high school graduation at the Texas Motor Speedway, and spending a relaxed and pleasant weekend with family, I did not write much, this week. We took my husband’s car, which is probably a good thing — if we’d taken mine, we might have been stranded at the first rest stop! (He had a flat, on our way out of town, but as luck would have it, there was a Firestone store right there by the nearest exit.) When we got home, it was my car’s turn to throw itself on the fainting couch:

Well, never waste a non-crisis, right? I wrote this while waiting on the “patient.”

A “Challenging” Week

Next, Bob Jasper challenged me to write a poem. An “abecedarian poem” — not a form I’ve ever gravitated to, but who am I to pass up a challenge? I posted

and then threw the gauntlet back at Bob with this:

And now, I throw the gauntlet back at you with a challenge to write two things, before this week is out:

  • Two poems (especially if you have never written one, or think you’re just not very good at it); or
  • Two short stories; or
  • One poem and one short story.

For those of you who say, “I want to write a poem, but I don’t know how, or where to start,” take a look at for a list of, and definitions of, various poetry forms. Or just wing it. None of us are Poets Laureate — perfectionism is the enemy of “good enough.”

For your topics, make one of them:

  • Something funny and upbeat; and the other,
  • Something serious that uplifts and encourages others.

For example, you might look for, read, and link to a few Black authors on Medium. Or write about how to cope with anxiety as your state or country re-opens even as nothing has changed with regard to the pandemic. You might write about what changes you hope to see when the world settles into a “new normal,” or the changes you’ve seen in yourself during the past three months.

Feel free to leave your links in a comment, here, or on one of my Stories. I’d love to read what you come up with!

Till next time,


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