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I am a writer who enjoys the heck out of writing personal thoughtful essays. In addition to the nearly three years of writing on my blog at Shalavee.com, I am grateful for the opportunities to have written pieces for Mindie Burgoyne’s Travel Hag which you can find under Eastern Shore Experiences. I have also written for Jennifer Cooper’s Classic Play and have contributed to Eastern Shore Savvy and the Talbot/Chestertown Spy.

The one thing I like better than being read by you is being offered an opportunity to write more for you. If you have such an opportunity or you have an inquiry about a piece I’ve previously published, write me a note and leave your contact information in the boxes below. Thanks for you communication.

 

Self-Trust and The Need to Acknowledge Our Creativity

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Essayist | 0 comments

Self-Trust and The Need to Acknowledge Our Creativity

At some point, modern thought leaders had to listen to and value their own creativity to form their theories and opinions that were outside their culturally acceptable boxes. They had to weave what they knew with what they felt and go beyond the conformity edict from their schooling. And thus we had the Civil Rights movement, Jung’s counter theories to Freud’s, and Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade food revolution. When we acknowledge how we feel about our world around us and share it, we find a comfort and a trust within ourselves...

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Kindergarten Homework

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Gathering My Lessons, Little Guy Lessons, Son Shine, Used To Be | 0 comments

Kindergarten Homework

With our enthusiastic “Go get’em” faces on, we waved our son onto the number 14 bus bound for Kindergarten. Maybe September allergies made my husband’s eyes water or maybe it was his relief that our child survived being stuck at home with me for the past 5 years. I contained my giddiness as I snapped that fateful picture of him waving back from the bus steps. We were each about to learn what going to school and developing new systems meant to us. The little guy loved school. Early in the year, I paid a visit to him and his 17 pint-sized...

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A Few Moments of Thought in the Bathroom

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Random, writing | 0 comments

A Few Moments of Thought in the Bathroom

Our house is over one hundred years old. When you use the front upstairs bathroom in the middle of the house over the front door, you hear it groaning. I assume it’s the pipes but why they groan, I won’t know until the day something ruptures. I’m in there to dye my very white hair roots. When we moved here I was dying my slightly gray and very short hair red. I’m totally gray now and have gone long and dark. As I’m doing the haphazard job I usually do to drown my head in chemicals, intermittently wiping my face and shirt where I’ve splattered...

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My Face Revisited : The Story of My Journey Onto Facebook

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Ahas, Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Gathering My Lessons, Silly I Tell You, Used To Be | 2 comments

My Face Revisited : The Story of My Journey Onto Facebook

When I forget what I’ve been up and how much I appreciate my writing, I end up reading something and remembering. I felt very privileged to have written this piece entitled My Face for the Talbotspy.org here. In honor of its three-year anniversary, I’m republishing it on my blog. Enjoy the fun read. If you met me at a party, you’d notice my laugh is the loudest. I’m extremely social. Yet this fun time Charlotte has had a whole lotta nada for the social networking. I figured Twittling and My-facing were perfect ways of busily...

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My Writing : Q & A

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Random | 8 comments

My Writing : Q & A

I was offered up an opportunity by All The Everydays blogger Jean a chance to muse my writing process. A writing prompt of the most publicly introspective kind.  Although I’m a writer, I don’t write about my writing process or purpose or motivation. I may write about what I’m thinking about, what I’m passionate about, what I’m mulling over, or what I just went through. So here goes. I’m a bit interested to hear my own answers. What am I working on? I am a willy-nilly writer. I write on whatever subject...

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Joining 50 Asks : Call It Rejection Not Failure

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 6 comments

Joining 50 Asks : Call It Rejection Not Failure

My goal for the past some odd years is to get my writing published. I’ve had a few pieces published here and there on the inter-webs. And try as I might, have failed to have anything published in the physically written word world. Counting in my head, I’d say it was less than five rejections or failed attempts. Yet, you’d think I’d been told ‘No Way Jose’ by the entire Southern Hemisphere for the fear I feel at the mere thought of asking one more person. Yet I keep dancing back to it. I am slightly jealous...

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A Reminder That I’m a Personal Essayist

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Used To Be | 14 comments

A Reminder That I’m a Personal Essayist

I started this blog when I admitted I was a writer, even when I wasn’t actually even actively writing. I needed to give myself a legitimate platform to owe and publish writing practice on. The ‘Why’ of my blog was for my writing. I admit that I forget that sometimes. In 2012, while attending the Bay To Ocean Writing Conference held on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I happily discovered my writing style was personal essay. That revelation was provided by George Merrill, who taught a class session that day on the subject of...

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Ten Things I’d Love to Tell My Younger Self

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Gathering My Lessons, The Soapbox | 4 comments

Ten Things I’d Love to Tell My Younger Self

A second time for this favorite. First was a year ago. This is an article I found on Divine Caroline, a writing site I joined and began publishing on in 2009. Originally published on a site called Vibrant Nation, a site for 50 plus women, I haven’t forgotten this piece. So I present it for enjoyment and posterity. I’ve learned some valuable things about life, love, and being female over the past half century. Here is the advice I try to pass on to younger women in my life (family and friends) in the hope that it will save them some...

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Woman Vs. Plant

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Gathering My Lessons, How Does My Garden Grow, Silly I Tell You | 1 comment

Woman Vs. Plant

The Sequel to My Brown Thumb, Woman Vs. Plant was published elsewhere first. And edited for this rebroad. My actual garden remains ignored while I’m tied to a baby. When last we heard from our horticulturally challenged heroine, she had bravely begun a garden revamp and, although thwarted by an irreverent ground cover, she remained determined to eradicate this invasive, albeit attractive, plant. The grand scheme of this the most viewed garden, was in its early stages. Now, a month and a half later, this possessed plant and I are engaged in a...

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My Brown Thumb

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Daily Shalagh, Essayist, Pretty Pictures, The Good Mother | 0 comments

My Brown Thumb

For years, I dreamed of a patch of dirt to lovingly cultivate my garden in. I exclaimed that was the reason I wanted to own a house. “Be careful what you wish for” doesn’t begin to sum up the torture I’ve endured for the sake of the dirt that accompanied the house I bought nine years ago. As I now dig in this soil, a parade of ghost plants taunts me and whispers “bad plant mommy.” My guilt piles up with the little plant bodies, tossed over the garden wall in a heap to decompose. My brown thumb is well-earned. In springtime, like many, I have...

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