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May 23, 2009



Laura, I love Down Went The Spoon and am looking forward to putting it up on our site. It's fun and certainly a much more pleasant memory for you to dwell upon than the others. Thank you for sharing this with us.


AWWWW..those are the memories you certainly want to keep.


I recently found a shoebox full of letters from my ex - simply tossed it without opening any of them. No sadness or anger - simply total disinterest.
And never mind the lack of publication - I think that poem is delightful and I bet your children did, too!

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman

JC, it certainly is pleasurable to recall the joy of a young child, rather than the other stuff. It makes you realize how resilient we are, and how we can survive unhappiness, because there is generally some happiness interspersed.

Gwen, I'm going to send it to her now. The first book that she inspired.

Beth, good for you. Dump the chump! Why, why is it that I never read my stories to the girls? That's something I should think about, but maybe not, rather I should just change things now.

Bonnie Krauss

I like your children's story very much! And I agree some things from the past are not worth preserving. I used to keep stuff like crazy til I thought what if I dropped dead today - would my kids want this stuff? And the answer is always no.

Liz A.

I recently found some old pics from football games/tailgating, many of which included those typical boyfriend pics, me smiling holding onto the "man I wanted to marry." I laugh at that thought now, but those photos went straight in the trash withouth a thought as I reminisced about all those good times with my friends I still keep in touch with.

They were actual photos with negatives, that made me laugh a little.


The stories are a good find. Maybe the letters were too. The thing guess I think of is how people change over time...I don't know if it is quick or a slow process. We all know that people change continuosly, but is it that some change together and other change seperately.

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman

Bonnie, I'm glad you liked the story. It's probably a good idea every few years to pretend that you will be moving so that you can winnow down your stuff. What I am finding is that, really, who needs so much and I'm not even an acquirer but it's still too much.

Liz, ah, but if one of those men had been the man, you would have been so glad to have had the pictures. I didn't have any pictures of past boyfriends.

MTAE, in some cases it's that you realize the other person won't change, or that you really see it for what it is, without the softening touch of new love.


I loved the story, honestly, I found that same stack from my ex and me to him and I cannot believe I ever ever felt that way. For me, I kept them. I don't know why.


I too wrote children's stories when my kids were small - all rejected by publishers. I love yours.

Good you threw out the letters.

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