I’M SO GLAD SHE WASN’T PUT ON MEDICATION AND TOLD TO CALM DOWN.

I’M SO GLAD SHE WASNT PUT ON MEDICATION AND TOLD TO CALM DOWN. Gillian Lynn was a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre-television director, noted for her popular theater choreography associated with two of the longest-running productions Cats and Phantom of the Opera. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Choreography and won many dance awards. Later in her life she was asked by an interviewer ‘How did you become a dancer?’ She said, ‘I was a young girl in the 1940s and I was very was hyper. My mom took me to many doctors and specialists. One doctor said ‘ We think she has a learning disorder.’ (ADHD hadn’t been invented yet or they might’ve lumped her in that category which is what many doctors do nowadays.) She sat on her hands for twenty minutes, sitting in the stark oak doctors office while her mother talked to…

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F*CK OFF, I’M WRITING!!

F*CK OFF, I’M WRITING!! About a year ago I got kicked out of an online memoir writing group for saying that ‘…sometimes I use the F-word in my writing if it’s appropriate’. I was told by the moderator: ‘…Only writers who don’t have a good use of vocabulary have to resort to profanity to get their point across’… Resort to profanity? I never said I resorted to it. I said ‘I’d use it if it were appropriate.’ I was then asked to refrain from that kind of language in the group or I’d be banned from the group. HUH?? Banned? From a writing group? For using a word? Isn’t it our 1st Amendment right of free speech? According to Wikipedia “The average person swears 80 times a day” What about all the many Classic books in literature? (Some are full of profanities in almost every chapter). I also thought about the well-written…

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Memoir: ‘Not Sprint But Marathon’

I was asked recently to write a short essay about my Memoir writing journey for the “Women’s Writing Circle’ network. Thanks to Susan Weidener for featuring my story on her site.  Women’s Writing Circle A place to share our stories . . . by Susan Weidener Monday, February 13, 2017 Memoir: ‘Not Sprint But Marathon’ by Michelle Monet   I met poet and writer Michelle Monet through an online memoir writing group. Here at the Women’s Writing Circle, it has been our pleasure to feature authors from around the world with a variety of experiences and backgrounds. In that tradition, please welcome Michelle who candidly confesses how memoir is often a marathon of soul-searching and digging deep, but ultimately leads to hidden treasure. People always suggested I write my story because I’ve had an interesting life. I have sung on some of the largest stages and for some of the largest audiences in the world.…

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GREAT, GOOD or ‘EH’?

GREAT, GOOD or ‘EH”? We need all three for success. THIS IDEA came to me last night in the middle of the night. I’m glad I keep a pen and pad next to my bed. I jumped up and wrote this down in the dark not to wake up Bob. Some things we create are highly inspired and great. Others might be mediocre and others might be lacking or “eh’. You do all three of these types of work when you are a creative person. I mean, not everything you do can be a home run. SPORTS ANALOGIES For instance in baseball. A baseball player will have a variety of plays in a game. Some will be first base runs others strikeouts and others home run hits. Obviously, the home runs are the more scarce. More often than not it is a base hit or a strike.   Every time a batter…

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SUNBATHING IN FEBRUARY!

SUNBATHING IN FEBRUARY! WhaaAAaaaaaaAAAat?? From my Journal yesterday: So, Its February 15. I am sitting outside my house… sunbathing!? HUH!? Weeeeeeird weather!! Craziness. I even had the windows open in my car today driving to the store. I was sweating. Sweating in February. Is this a definite sign of Global Warming? Global weirdness. Who knows? I’m not complaining, at all. I love sunshine. I love feeling the sun beating down on me and my face. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. I’ve always loved sun. This sun in Tennessee feels like a different sort of sun than when I lived in Vegas or Tahoe or South Africa or other places. I’ve experienced sunshine in so many places, but still—it’s the same healing vibe. Feeling the suns rays seep into me and my brain always gives me a vibe that ‘All is well’. Today as I sit here outside…

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AM I ‘OFFICIALLY AN OLD GEEZER?’

AM I ‘OFFICIALLY AN OLD GEEZER’? I got the Senior Discount in Vegas this weekend.UGH! So I went to visit my old friend Sandi in Las Vegas this past week. We were at a casino and they offered me the senior discount! OMG. I’m 55. Honestly, I never really think of myself as a ‘senior’  so it hit me kinda hard. Maybe it just hasn’t sunk in yet that I am …….OLD (?) and that I am now entitled to ‘perks’ like a $4 movie ticket $2 off the buffet better gambling deals a 10% off coupon for Starbucks. WOOHOO. I guess I should’ve guessed that I was getting to be an official senior when I recently found a bunch of gray hair (for the first time ever), saw that  my neck had some new odd looking wrinkles,noticed that my two front teeth were weirdly chipped, AND I have strange bluish veins…

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MY RECURRING NAZI/HOLOCAUST DREAMS

  MY RECURRING NAZI/HOLOCAUST DREAMS Are all dreams from our subconscious mind? ‘Dreams are your subconscious thoughts and manifestations. Most importantly, your dreams convey your most deeply guarded secrets or they might give you some hidden hints about inherent dangers. Most often than not, your dreams reveal what is happening in your life right now.’ LIFE MAGAZINE, 2010 Have you ever had weirdly similar frightening dreams? I’ve had lots of scary recurring dreams in my life. Since about age 12 they always seemed to be about Nazis and the Holocaust or some other bad ‘entities’. In these dreams I was: Always hiding. Always scared I’d be killed. Always cramped in a small space. Always terrified. …but Id always wake up, thankfully, right before I got killed. (Of course, I never got killed although I felt very close to death in almost all these dreams.) I woke up grateful and thankful that…

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SOMETHING GOOD!

 TIME TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING GOOD! Bob and I recently had a really awful experience at a restaurant. Bad service, bad food, owner with a horrible attitude who berated his employees in front of his staff etc. UGH! I was tempted to go on TripAdvisor, where I write a lot of reviews, and write a scathing one about this place but then I thought ‘Nahh. I don’t want the stress of that negative energy. I want to write about something positive!’ It’s easy to complain and moan and groan about what we dislike. So much of people’s time these days seems to be spent in bitching about what’s not good, what’s wrong.  (Yea, well there’s a lot of crap going on in the world! Lots of negativity to choose from!) So just to balance the negative energy I thought I’d write about something I really love. We just got this…

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BOOKS. BOOKS BOOKS!

BOOKS I’VE READ since last January Today I thought I’d share with you some of the books I’ve read since last January when my life was taken over by writing.  Almost 100! YEAH! Some of my favorites on this list are bolded. Most of the books here are Memoirs and Poetry books (because that has been my primary focus) but I am branching out this year to read more genres and definitely more fiction. ENJOY!           ‘Writing Down the Bones- Natalie Goldberg ‘Out came the Sun’- Mariel Hemingway ‘Can we talk about something more pleasant?’-Roz Chest ‘Ever Faithful to His Lead’- Kathleen Pooler ‘Last Jew of Treblinka’- Chil Rajchman ‘Chicken Soup for the Writers Soul’ ‘A Night without Armor’ – Jewel  ‘The Poetry Handbook’ –  Mary Oliver ‘WILD’ –  Cheryl Strayed The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene brown ‘Unsinkable’ – Debbie Reynolds  ‘Monkey Mind – Daniel Smith…

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THE ‘SEEKER’

I LIKE BEING THE ‘SEEKER’   ’The truth isn’t always beautiful but the hunger for it always is’ Nadine Gordimer This short poem is from my third book Word Explosion. THE SEEKER ‘If your past was easy Maybe you wouldn’t have become the SEEKER If things were going smooth and gung ho Then you might have Just sat back and enjoyed  it Enjoyed the easiness You might not have become  the SEEKER Some are chosen I believe to be the SEEKER Accept and Embrace your SEEKER  position’ I love the idea of being a seeker. I like to follow my enthusiasm and curiosity too. I write what I am curious about not necessarily what I know, which is what is said you should do as a writer. Half the stuff I write about I am still seeking an answer to. I’m not sure how I feel about a subject so I…

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