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About wordsmith1313

Now: Somewhat retired, although I don't do it very well. Formerly senior director of Communications and Marketing for the Dallas Zoo. Journalist. EMT. Writer. Breast cancer survivor. I love to travel, and will always return from a trip with a new friend or two. Those fortuitous meetings bring velvet to the rough edges of life.

Two terrible nights: backing the Blue, and each other

It’s been a horrific week. And not just in Dallas, although it’s only been 48 hours since the vicious assault that slaughtered five police officers and injured many others. I don’t have the answers; I don’t know that anyone does. … Continue reading

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Gail Kerr: love and loss

Nashville mourned today as Gail Kerr was laid to rest. Friend, cut-up, dedicated, certain, and a damn fine journalist… She was this, and she was more. It’s no surprise that 700 people made their way to her service, comforting Les, … Continue reading

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10 things no one told me before we got a kitty

So, Christmas brought a new addition to our family: Cash, the kitty in black. Here he is. Cute, right? The vet said he looked like an X-ray.  It seemed like a good idea at the time. D’s 16-year-old cat died … Continue reading

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Happy 7-Days-After-Thanksgiving

This post is late. Really late, like “why the hell is she talking about Thanksgiving now” late. There was a time I could blame the mail carrier for missing birthdays, anniversaries, sorry-your-dog-has-worms and other momentous life events. Now that excuse … Continue reading

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What a (pussy) riot

A group of new super-cool “thinking” friends is planning a get-together soon, and we were tossing around some ideas for what we should talk about. (Other than which happy hour beverage goes best with chips-and-salsa. That one’s pretty well decided … Continue reading

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Isaac: Deja vu all over again

Seven years ago this week, I had strep throat. It was my first experience with it as an adult, and it seriously kicked my butt. I remember this because I was at home sick, with nothing to do but watch … Continue reading

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It’s a small, small world

So, this grand adventure of chucking the suburban life and becoming urban dwellers has just one downside: Downsizing. For 20 years, I’ve lived in a house, where I could spread out and tuck things away safely in hidey-holes where I’d … Continue reading

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