I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have so much to be grateful for, don’t we?

Before we launch into our weekly link-up, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this post:


Perfect Gifts for Writers


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Which ideas are already on your list? What else would you add?


This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: FAMILIAR



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Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

I had my annual physical this week. I’ll spare you the details, except to say that I saw the same practitioner who used to see my mom, and the same one who now sees my sister on occasion. We chatted for a while and as she did what she needed to do, she dropped comments here and there about how yes, I should get a mammogram because my mom died of breast cancer, and yes, I’ll likely see more and more spots showing up on my skin as I get older because I grew up on the beach.

I found a strange comfort in not having to tell her those details about my mom and growing up on the beach. She already knew, since she knew my mom.

Then just before I left, she added, “You remind me so much of your mom — the way you talk, your voice, your mannerisms. I can see your mom in so much of you.”

My mom has been gone for six years, and people don’t talk about her much anymore. People very rarely comment aloud that I remind them of her.

Then I went home and peeled and sliced apples for the Thanksgiving apple pie using the same recipe my mom used to use, from the same cookbook she used to use, stained with vanilla essence and butter.


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