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And the Nominees are . . .

I love this time of year. Don’t you? No, not the holidays–although of course I love the holidays; who doesn’t love the holidays? NeuroticScroogeGrinch. It’s the frenzied nomination period that I love. Earlier this month I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for my story “The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed Them […]

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Flying Home for the Holidays

I’m packing. Not much, since I have clothes, mouthwash and reading material at my parents’. In fact, let’s say I’m not packing. All I need is my passport, my e-ticket and my wallet. The carry-on bag is just for show. It’s good that it’s so light, though: Due to my shoulder injury, I can’t lift […]

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Pain is the Uncle of Invention

Hi Pretty IMBO readers! We’ve worked out a way for me to continue my blog while my shoulder is healing. I can’t work two-handed on the computer, but I can write long-hand with my right hand.. Everything I write for the next couple of months will be transcribed by a text recognition program. This is […]

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Pain in the Rotator Cuff of the Broad-Smiling Boy

Who would have known writing a blog post could be painful? Right now–so I won’t forget this in ten years–writing this blog post is shooting waves of pain through my collarbone. I just rubbed my neck muscles for a few minutes to ease the pain, but as soon as I started writing again, the pain […]

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Call for Submissions — >Language >Place Blog Carnival

In January, I’ll be hosting Edition 13 of the >Language >Place Blog Carnival! The theme this time is Humor, and I’m looking forward to blog post submissions from lots of my hysterical friends (in the humorous sense of hysterical of course, but I’ll take submissions from my seriously wacked out friends as well). We all […]

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Expat Author Interview with Alyson Hilbourne

Alyson Hilbourne Alyson Hilbourne, born in the UK, has lived overseas for twenty-five years and is now into her sixth country, Japan – Yokohama to be precise. She writes short stories, young adult fiction and travel pieces but would love to find the time and the enthusiasm to complete a full-length novel. And she’s a […]

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Free Photo Friday — Nature’s Light

Somewhere in South Dakota. I suppose these are barley fields or wheat–something I can’t eat. The earth is blanched and then seared in the background with a line of green in the middle. It wasn’t possible to get a picture that showed the grandeur of this place. Miles and miles and miles of pale earth. […]

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Thanksgiving and a Pushcart Prize Nomination

When I called my mother this evening to tell her my story “The Shoes, The Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away” had been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, I expected to interrupt her chopping carrots and whipping sweet potatoes; she was frying sausage. My family was in the middle of a Thanksgiving Breakfast. […]

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London Feeds the 5000

Feeding the 5000Did your mother also compel you to eat your broccoli with the phrase, “There’s a starving child in Africa who would love to eat my [overcooked] broccoli!” Did you know that nearly 35 million people in the US suffer from food poverty? The number in the European Union is actually higher: 43 million. […]

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Food — An I Must Be Off! Retrospective

I love to eat. I would be really sad if I couldn’t eat. I’d also be dead. Over the years, I’ve had the fortune to have little culinary moments. Golden gastronomic flashes. Something about that doesn’t sound quite right, but onward. New Zealand Puno La Esplanade in Sao Paolo Prague Koi Sumoi […]

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