Guilt postGuilt. That burrowing, rooted grasp on your soul.

Growing up Catholic, I remember debates with my Jewish friends on who held more guilt − the Jews or Catholics.

As if either of us has the exclusive rights on guilt.

Over the years, I’ve been able to loosen the hold of the sticky fingers of guilt.

I no longer have a knee-jerk dose of guilt every time I say No.

What I still struggle with is the guilt I feel when I can’t do what I want to do.

Not required to do − but  something I feel a commitment to. Like the following.

Do my cohorts at these sites care? Of course not. But does that stop the guilt? Of course not.

And here I thought I made such progress.

I should be happy. The reason I have been unable to participate is due to a ton of work projects.

As a freelance business writer and sole proprietor, that’s definitely good news.

Just try telling Guilt that.

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Goofball? Who Me?

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Trust me, I’ve been called worse things than Goofball. Probably by a sibling. Perhaps it was my middle child of 7 status that knew no boundaries to trying to stand out in the crowd. It’s Labor Day here in the U.S. I joined a 30-day challenge called Bloom Your Online Relationships (with its own hashtag, #BYOR30). […]

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Creative Copy for the Holiday Weekend

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Okay, U.S. buddies, a little light reading for the Labor Day holiday weekend. It’s my latest submissions to my favorite writing prompt site, Creative Copy Challenge. The challenge words are in bold. Enjoy. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Creative Copy Challenge #350 Her significant loss of feeling went unnoticed as routine took command. Day after day, […]

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Suicide’s Silent Walls

August 19, 2014

The suicide of Robin Williams made many people uncomfortable. We seldom talk about suicide. Especially with those we should. We don’t know what to say. Robin’s death brought back painful memories of a dear friend who sought the same release from pain. Silent Walls Sandy had built silent walls around her in the last few years of her […]

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Marketers, Give it a Rest Already

August 13, 2014

I get it. As a business the size of one, I understand how hard owning your own business is. Entrepreneurs and small business owners wear many hats. Marketers Accountant Tech Support Customer Service Not to mention janitor, maintenance, and any other job I haven’t thought of. Could I appeal to the marketers out there? Marketers […]

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The Snarky Social Media Fan

August 5, 2014

Are social media fans different from flesh and blood? Popular author, Nora Roberts, has seen a difference. The author has a Facebook page for her Nora Roberts books and her futuristic detective series, penned under the pseudonym, J.D. Robb. Recently, the comments got rather nasty. Or so I hear as I did not see the actual comments. […]

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Idaho Train Ride

July 31, 2014

My sister, Terry, niece, Joanna, and grandniece, Sunniva are visiting us in Idaho. They live in Ohio – not Iowa – not Idaho – Ohio. They graciously reserved a train ride along the Payette River in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho for all of us and my mom. The Thunder Mountain Line dates back more than a century. Think […]

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The Internet is Not So Smart After All

July 16, 2014

We’ve all been there. That creepy place on the internet where images pop up from our recent online searches. Even creepier is when those images sneak into your email sidebar. We know Big Brother is watching but do you have to visually remind us? Every. Single. Time. As smart as the internet is, there is […]

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The Positive Pursuit

July 9, 2014

The pursuit of all things positive is strewn with obstacles. Really bad customer service Stressed-out family and friends A history of bad experiences Even the most committed Pollyanna-types buckle under the onslaught. Breathe. Just breathe. Close your eyes and listen. Peaceful Pleasure When negativity screeches its ugly sound, picture a dart toss. Pop the plaintive pause Blast […]

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Creative Copy Challenge: Again

June 25, 2014

And the obsession lives on. Thank goodness. Below is my latest submission to Creative Copy Challenge, a writing prompts site I love. The challenge words are in bold. Creative Copy Challenge #341 Jennifer watched the moisture run down the cocktail glass like a silent tear against the cheek of her soul. Depression was a physical weight she […]

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