I have over 100 unfinished posts in my drafts file. They are in various states of completion, some no more than a title or a few lines, others much longer, but lacking something. I have a reminder hanging up that reads “What is the story you want to tell?” I ask myself that question so […]

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  • February 22, 2017 - 8:15 am

    Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - This is just beautiful, Nancy. I’ve found myself in those 4AM moments staring at the drafts of unfinished stories so often. You describe what I’m sure so many of us feel at some point or another.ReplyCancel

    • February 22, 2017 - 8:16 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Lisa. I struggled all day yesterday working and reworking and coming up with nothing good…

  • February 22, 2017 - 9:35 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Interesting and insightful post-Nancy. I never wake up at 4 am but can understand your struggles on working and reworking the words and stories within. I understand your circuitous route though do think this type of journey is sometimes out of a person’s control depending on life circumstances. I have done things needed to be done at the time, and even with a true heart to contribute, and the right personal tools, the ugliness that surrounded me made me realize that although required to stay with it at the time- the fates assured it was not for me. I suspect you understand this too.
    Great reflection piece for everyone. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • February 22, 2017 - 7:56 pm

    Danielle - I love the line about everyone moving in a linear fashion and you losing your map. Maybe those of us who are lost have the best stories to tell 😉ReplyCancel

  • February 23, 2017 - 3:45 pm

    Melony - We are all unfinished works. I too have so many pieces that remain unfinished, both fiction and nonfiction. The stories I really want to tell always seem trite and rather inconsequential when I finish them, so they sit on my computer until something hits me that makes me look at it from a different perspective than the original post. I read something once from Stephen King, though, that said not to write down every idea that comes to mind. It’s the ideas that consume all your waking thoughts that you should write. I’ve been following that for ages now, and it helps me reducing the number of unfinished projects.ReplyCancel

    • February 23, 2017 - 3:46 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Great advice! Did you get my email?ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2017 - 12:04 am

    yeah write #307 weekly writing challenge kickoff - […] addressed the incomplete posts in her drafts folder in her essay, Unfinished. This week’s prompt up is: “It’s been a while since I woke at 4 […]ReplyCancel

I will always associate Cherry pie with Washington’s birthday. I grew up on the story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree, then admitting to the crime when his dad confronted him with the famous (though fictional) line ‘I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down that cherry tree’.  Today is National Cherry Pie […]

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  • February 20, 2017 - 10:55 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Oh what wonderful nostalgia you bring back Nancy! How I loved those cherry pies surrounding George Washington’s Birthday… and one year, in particular, the grocery store was selling just baked small cherry pies for fifteen cents each, I think my mom and me had two each! Last week someone and I were talking about the head silhouettes of Washington and Lincoln that everyone used to tape to their doors! Talk about days of savoring the basics! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • February 22, 2017 - 8:20 am

    Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Cherry pie is my hands-down all-time favorite. But. I refuse to eat cherry pie that is made with the canned filling stuff with all the red dyes in it. Ugh. This looks so easy and so good – cherries, sugar, crust. What’s not to love? I may need to try your recipe this weekend…ReplyCancel

    • February 22, 2017 - 8:50 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Lisa, it’s pretty easy! I must confess my favorite pie is blueberry-lemon, and I always use frozen wild blueberries. And instant tapioca is my favorite thickener!ReplyCancel

Another Valentine’s Day is mercifully behind us. I have been trying to remember one when I wasn’t either unhappily single or unhappily coupled. I’m sure there have been some good ones, but none I can recall. Like New Year’s Eve, there is a lot of pressure associated with Valentine’s Day; love, chocolate, Champagne, cards. As […]

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  • February 15, 2017 - 7:53 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Great post for reflecting on. Funny, I never really liked Valentine’s Day except when I was a kid and we would carefully choose the special card within the box best matched to the other kids in the class. Valentine’s Day, while a ‘sweet’ idea is packed with so much burden of forced effort. Nothing against Hallmark, but, it seems a day as such, both for those single and with partners. Any day seems a good enough day to share love with others rather than the alternative designation.ReplyCancel

    • February 15, 2017 - 7:57 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Peggy, I agree, so much pressure to create some form of perfection. Oy!ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2017 - 11:01 pm

    Cheney - I know it’s so cliche but “I could have written this post, it sounds just like me.”

    I think I have had a Valentine on ONE of the 34 Valentine’s Days I’ve been alive, and it was a total bust.

    I would love to have a Feb. 14th where I had someone to give me chocolates and a Dec. 25th when I had someone to kiss under some mistletoe, but alas..ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2017 - 1:58 pm

    Ellen - Count me in as someone who would love to receive a love letter! Maybe I need to send one to get one. My husband and I haven’t celebrated Valentine’s Day as anything other than a sanctioned excuse to eat too much chocolate…ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2017 - 3:21 pm

    Melony - My parents used to celebrate Valentines. Dad would buy roses or a ring and write a letter. He showered her with so much romance and then we’d do without for a few weeks. Hubby and I never celebrate it. I told him I’d punch him if he ever wasted money on flowers. So instead through the year he buys me stuffed toys or video games and books. I like that better anyway.ReplyCancel

    • February 16, 2017 - 3:23 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - We all find ways to show love, the trick is to find someone that shows it in a way we can recognize it <3ReplyCancel

If you look for a recipe for chop suey you will find a broad range of recipes. I was practically weaned on Chinese food, and it has remained one of my favorite cuisines, but I have never eaten chop suey. There are numerous dishes called chop suey, including a number called American chop suey, which […]

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  • February 18, 2017 - 11:06 am

    Amber - Lol, Love your comment about the blandness of food in certain ares of China. Yup. I found that to in my recent travels to Hong Kong. Nice article. I’m actually dying to make chop suey with zucchini noodles!ReplyCancel

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