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Writing Exercise: “Autumn in a Pittsburgh Suburb” (Sense of Place)

“… [H]e could start up his coal business again. He’d heard someone call it “black gold” – or maybe that was oil? The hill was chock full of it, anyhow. That was it. He would dig for coal.” Continue reading

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Exercise: Begin a Story – “Strange Lands”

“It’s time to go, and I get up to find my bag. The people in the rows around me are muddling along just as I am. Despite this, I am obsessed with the idea that I’m not moving fast enough, and that they all hate me for my incompetence as an international traveler.” Continue reading

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Batman and Joker, Couples Therapy

“That’s what you think, but you don’t understand me. He -” he nods toward Bruce Wayne – “understands. A name and a title are two different things. “No one ever called me by my name. Not since my mother.” He winced. Continue reading

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Point of View Exercise – Travel Memoir (of 2014, written in 2020)

The man, pausing momentarily in uncertainty on Platform #3, makes a sudden turn as if kicked into gear. He marches down the stairs. He banks around a local man and his aged wife. The old man drags luggage up the ramp running alongside the stairs as the wife looks on in the silent judgment of a person who both requires someone’s assistance and one who doesn’t approve of the manner in which the assistance is being rendered. Continue reading

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