Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

“Granddad, what’s a loophole?” “Well, Julia, it’s one of the many ways adults break their promises. It’s like when your big brother puts his hand behind his back, crosses his fingers, then looks straight into your eyes, bats his baby-blues, and promises not to run off and leave you when you’re at the playground.” “I …

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When Buck’s mother, Lois, was at the Azalea Trace nursing home in their 24-hour care skilled nursing facility, I would go visit with her most afternoons. Sometimes we watched Jeopardy together, looked through clothes catalogs or worked through a crossword puzzle from a big-print book. Without fail, a silence would fall sometime during the afternoon. …

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THE value in a good word prompt is that it can be like a slow-release capsule, bouncing around in your subconscious, tunneling wormholes  as it sneakily searches old, forgotten files. You don’t swallow it, of course,  you take it in with your eyes, (which sometimes glaze over in an editorial “what a waste of time this is” …

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Sometime yesterday I stumbled upon a cool WordPress site called The Daily Post. They offer daily writing prompts and weekly photo challenges, as well as other creative opportunities. I’m sure I’ve seen this before, but never paid attention. Since I’m in jump-start, hot-wire mode to get my writing practice robust again, this feels like an …

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