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Traveling the Fairy Path by Morgan Daimler (Book Review)

In the cupboard-sized alcove of an independent bookstore in Vermont, the red spine of this book caught my eye. Then, I saw the title, and almost of its own accord, the book was open in my hand, my eyes scanning the pages. Though I’ve not quite finished with this book, I thought what a perfect…… Continue reading Traveling the Fairy Path by Morgan Daimler (Book Review)

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Happy Pi (3.14…) Day! Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect When Honing Your Craft

Let’s put all our cards on the table. Numbers, are not my bag, baby! One year, when visiting the cardiologist, we did an experiment. With the stethoscope over my heart, he simply said “math” and my heart rate increased. Now, that’s saying something considering the reason I have a pacemaker is that my heartbeat is…… Continue reading Happy Pi (3.14…) Day! Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect When Honing Your Craft

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What the GUC is Going On?

My misnamed twin that wasn’t would later be called Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). The fix should have been easy enough. A patch to close it. This is now, that was then. 1977. And adding to the fray was a new development. I also suffered from L-transposition in which my heart is reversed. Don’t worry, it’s…… Continue reading What the GUC is Going On?

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The USP of the iPod…for me

There is a unique selling proposition (USP) to the iPod, I don’t think even Steve Jobs foresaw. It helps me walk straight. If you’ve just scrunched up your face, and are scratching your head trying to figure out how a tiny pocket music device can help someone walk straight. I get it. And don’t worry,…… Continue reading The USP of the iPod…for me

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Seashell Sounds in My Heart

April 4, 1973. Four. Four. For years, I wondered if perhaps I did have a twin. The duplicity is in the numbers, it’s in my birthdate and on my fourth birthday to the day – Four. Four. Nineteen seventy- seven, I waited patiently for the gurney which would wheel me into the operating room for…… Continue reading Seashell Sounds in My Heart

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What We Teach Our Children…

Monday’s child is fair of face Tuesday’s child is full of grace Wednesday’s child is full of woe Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay1…… Continue reading What We Teach Our Children…

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Welcome to Life – Oh What a Ride!

The sepia tones of the seventies offer a jaundiced backdrop to the rosy-cheeked child with blue fingernails and lips. Oxygen was precious and circulation was lacking, but my heart? It would not stop beating. It would not stop seeking life. It has known joy and sadness, trials and triumphs, and the knowledge that its secret…… Continue reading Welcome to Life – Oh What a Ride!

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My Twin Lives Within

“I can tell just by looking,” the nurse explained. “You’re going to have a boy.” Then, with his stethoscope pressed to my mother’s belly, the doctor added, “I hear two heartbeats, though one is fainter than the other. Looks like you’re having twins.” My parents have often told me this story, mostly at my request;…… Continue reading My Twin Lives Within

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Three-Part Harmony – An Introduction

In November 2018, I began my National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. I was about 20,000 words in when I realized I needed to hear from those who knew more than I did – my parents. It’s surprising to realize that things you thought you knew…weren’t exactly what you’d been told. But, then again, how…… Continue reading Three-Part Harmony – An Introduction

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Best of February: From sneak previews to book reviews, black history month and a few ghost-writing confessions…

February is the shortest month of the year and I’ll admit, it’s been a whirlwind! The team behind Writing in the Fast Lane have been burning the midnight oil and we can’t wait to begin sharing details on a few projects with you over the coming weeks. For now, here are some highlights of what…… Continue reading Best of February: From sneak previews to book reviews, black history month and a few ghost-writing confessions…