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Editorial

Our Gift to You

I grew up in an American household in which Christmas was observed with awe, merriment, and love.  As Christians, we reverently set up the Nativity scene each year.  We also waited excitedly for Santa Claus to come. I was the youngest of six children, who, together, observed our own Christmas morning rituals.  Mom and Dad […]

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FXXK WRITING: DO IT—TWELVE LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARTS [LESSON 3: GET PAID]

September 2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Jay’s decision to become a writer. His gift to you all this celebratory year is DO IT – Twelve hard lessons on learning by failing, succeeding by accident, never giving up and saying FXXK WRITING all at the same time. You’re welcome! * * * What makes you […]

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Of Satire and Pseudo-Reality

During the 1950s and 1960s, television producers gave us a string of speculative programming. The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and others, brought us stories that were often mysterious, sometimes whimsical, always odd. Remember Rod Serling, with his unibrow and a voice that fell somewhere between Maxwell Smart and James Earl Jones? […]

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On Horror and Halloween

John Carpenter directed one of my favorite films. Starman with Jeff Bridges as an alien visitor to earth. He also directed the first three Halloween films and the 2018 reboot with encore performances from Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle–stars of the original film. I haven’t seen any of them. Carpenter is known as a top-tier […]

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77 Years of Sci-fi and Fantasy

Worldcon. Maybe you’ve heard of it.  It’s kind of a big deal in science fiction and fantasy circles. It’s the yearly convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) and is hosted by non-profit fan organizations all over the globe who bid for the privilege of bringing Worldcon to their city.  This year, Worldcon 77 […]

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The New Normal

One thing I discovered as a young mother is that it takes about two weeks to adjust when life changes. Of course, that’s relatively small changes, like adjusting to a new job, or a new school schedule, or the time it takes to no longer feel like a Zombie when we switch to Daylight Savings […]

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Relationships

Relationships. I’m an introvert. I married an extrovert. Opposites attract, I suppose, because (yes, I know it’s cliche) he completes me. All the cliches: My soul mate, my best friend, my whole world. In other words, this girl who barely knew how to talk to live human beings (not that I’ve changed all that much […]

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An Editorial About Mothers

Mother’s Day may be the most universal holiday we celebrate as a human family. Nearly 200 of the world’s nations celebrate it, most in May. I remember making crepe and construction paper cards for my mother, with “I love you” scrawled in crayon. I remember learning songs in church and singing them in front of […]

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Change Happens, Challenges Come, Endurance Conquers

It’s tax season here in the U.S. This weekend my dear husband will be poring over stacks of papers and scratching his head over a maze of instructions to find out if we’ll be getting or paying this year. We’re nearly empty nesters and no longer have minor children. We don’t have a great deal […]

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Spring Fever Dreams

Mark Twain once said, “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” Here in the heart of the Rockies this year, March 1st is a […]

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