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About ordinarywomanextraordinarylife

I began writing at seven years old. My first rejection was from my mother who would not come off a nickel for a hand-published and self-illustrated scary story. Over thirty-seven years of teaching writing to elementary age children, I honed my skills in storytelling; which led to the completion of my first novel, Woven.

Novel in the Time of Covid-19

I did it! I pulled the trigger and published a novel.  The story has been inside me for a very long time. And I have known, for as long, that I needed mind space and time to put it down … Continue reading

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Innocence Lost, Strength Found

The morning news is bad. It feeds the fear that makes me dread leaving home, on the rare occasion I am forced to go to a store to get some needed item.  I have an industrial sized can of Lysol … Continue reading

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Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping into the Future….

Today is August 1st, 2014. Seven months of this year are over; meaning that just as quickly as those disappeared into the annals of history, the next five will follow and it will be 2015 when I blink.  Then it … Continue reading

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It’s an EduKation

You are in a room full of five-year-olds (no this is not a nightmare, it’s my life).  Many of them are engaged in an activity or sitting and listening to you read or generally being good little kids.  Suddenly a … Continue reading

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It’s For the Birds!

What is it about watching the winged flight of a red-tailed hawk circling the tree line or a pelican folding its wings and bucket-beak, and diving into the ocean?  Why can I sit quietly and watch the myriad birds communing … Continue reading

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This morning when I woke up at five, an hour before the alarm was supposed to go off, my brain was already going a million miles an hour. This happens to me fairly often, and it occurs at different times … Continue reading

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The Perfect Dress

I’m on a mission.  Now, for some of you this may be very familiar territory- you have an event/party/special evening and you want a new and fun dress to wear.  You love it and you live for it and you … Continue reading

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Just Say Snow

Well, it’s just the beginning of February, and here I am snowed in again.  This is the second no-school-snow-day of this week, and according to the rodent in Pennsylvania, we still have six more weeks of winter to go.  Don’t … Continue reading

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Together They Grow to See the Light

Today we celebrate, honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is certainly a far different world than it was when he died in 1968. Some may be unaware that he left us a troubled man, worried about our … Continue reading

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Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

I love a party.  Who doesn’t  love getting together with friends or family, all of whom are putting aside their daily angst or lifelong dislike of each other based on years of emotional baggage,  to celebrate some important milestone?  Birthdays, … Continue reading

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