Mary Beth Writes

5/11/2024

I have had plenty of time to write this week and guess what? I don’t have much more written now that I did at the beginning of the week.  I don’t have writer’s block so much as I have a bad case of labyrinth-brain. I start a story. Her name is Andrea and she’s coming home from a patronizing holiday get together. She stops at a gas station and sees a lot of magical things. But now, maybe she’s Miranda and I can retell The Tempest. But no, now she has a different name, a different conundrum, and I write three pages of really good stuff until I realize I don’t know what happens next. Then there was the teacher who met an ex-student leaning on the fence that encircles the local airport, just staring, like she did when she was a teenager.  But what next? It’s been quite a week. I’ve lived with five people who don’t exist.

Thursday afternoon I chucked it all and went to Scuppernong and hiked by myself; no potential fictional characters accompanied me. The natural world was very, very beautiful. Hues of green on a misty May day in the Midwest are more than just color. Green is the cool temperature, the velvety moisture in the air. Murmuring silence punctured by the clear singing of birds. And .. was that rattly noise frogs? May’s green is a tide of calmness rolling in.

Here are a few photos.

There's a bite out of the bottom of that tree and yet it stil stands!

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Maybe your Labyrinth brain is being caused by the Solar Flares that are happening. Probably not, but it's something to blame it on! Your evocative description of your hike on the Scuppernong trail felt like I was there with you. Nothing like being outside to clear the cobwebs.
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I'm laughing. Apparently (NASA warns) long wires and pipes can become charged by the ions flying at us. It would be a bad day to camp under the Alaskan pipeline, for example. Too much energy ... a coupe of sparks ... vavoom. Luckily, all my mental processes this week have been short,

Gorgeous pictures! I love the colors of spring!

Thanks for the gorgeous pictures. My "Aaaahhhh" moment of the day. I hope for one or more of these moments but don't always get them. Today I did. Great photography.
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Thanks for commenting!

Miss mt walks in nature. Thank you for pictures..

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What the Dickens?

The photo is from Barnados, a childrens charity in London in the 19th century. 

6/15/2024

Argh! I have a new phone because the old one stopped staying charged plus a few more foibles. My phone cost $400 five years ago so it makes sense that it stopped working reliably, right? If an appliance worked like this we would burn that manufacturer to the ground.

Swan Story

6/3/2024 

I’ve been reading a lot of other people’s writing lately and I have decided there is too much to read. Much of it is very good but there is JUST TOO MUCH!

So my goal going forward is to write shorter posts, more often, that might remind you of the glory, power, and goofiness of your life as well as mine.

So, let me say again what’s always very true. Thank you for reading what I write.

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About My Memorial Day Story

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Today my story ‘Memorial Day’ is posted at Substack. Read it here. 

Courage, Big & Little

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Courage.

I’m writing fiction this week. I started a story in December that, along the way, turned into a Memorial Day story. It will be my Substack story this Saturday.

This morning I looked for an old newspaper column to rerun and found this one about a time when one of our kids needed to have four teeth pulled.

Cholesterol Numbers & Squirrels

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Years ago I was out to dinner with friends. We were all just entering our 40’s and thus were all beginning to get the fun medical tests about this and that and cholesterol. I said, to a friend next to me, that I’d started eating oatmeal everyday for breakfast and my cholesterol had dropped …..

The room went silent.

Everyone heard “cholesterol dropped” and stopped speaking. Everyone wanted to hear how much it had dropped – which was about 8 points. In our twenties the conversation stopper was gossip about sex. Now the secret sauce was HDL and LDL

Hum & Read

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First of all, the Cute and Curious. Apparently we humans can’t worry while we hum - because humming requires too much bandwidth. When we hum, we don’t have enough power left in our head engines to think about other stuff. I don’t know if I believe this is always true but I’m sharing it in case it is.

I read a lot this week. It’s what I do when there is way to much to think about and I don’t know where to start. Read or eat. I haven’t gained any weight so you know it was a heavy reading week.

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