Removing the Bandages

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I stand in front of the bathroom mirror—a pail of warm water, a wash cloth, pair of scissors, and a bottle of vitamin E oil. Slowly, I peel back a corner of foam tape. It doesn't hurt, not the first few millimeters. Then it does. It pulls at my skin, revealing red pain underneath. I grit my teeth and pull a little more, then cut the tape away, dab the skin with the wet cloth, then smooth a little oil over the area. And repeat…

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Now Available! Finding a Man for Sylvia

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A well-intentioned but clueless romantic is determined to find love for
her lonely neighbor over her exasperated husband’s objections...

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StoryRhyme After Dark: Which Hand?

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"I'd drop the quarter in the hand he didn't pick and show him my empty hand… He had trusting eyes—blue they were, soft blue, like faded blue jeans. His mouth made a little "o" whenever he saw something he marveled at…"

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Twin Sense Cover Reveal…

…and "For the Love of Cheesecake" Giveaway!
A guest post from author Lydia Sharp

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two boys + two girls = one big mess

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Two Things I’m Getting For Christmas

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This was a surprise since at my last appointment we discussed surgery in the new year, somewhere in January or February. Anxious to get these uncomfortable tissue expanders out, though, I found myself committing to a surgery date before I’d really had the time to process everything. My mouth said yes; my brain was all fuzzy…

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There’s This eBook I Want to Read. Now What..?

or… StoryRhyme’s Relatively Painless and Slightly Boring Guide to Ebooks so You Can Finally Download Fifty Shades of Grey...

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With my debut novel’s recent publication as an ebook , I’ve received thousands (umm, a few) of questions from folks. For many, ebooks are newfangled, slightly scary, and a little mysterious. There are many misconceptions, and many of us are learning—especially those of us who aren’t, erm, techies.

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StoryRhyme After Dark: Timber!

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"It was planted there by a gray squirrel one sharp November day about seventy five years ago. I saw him do it. He ran past my back door with an acorn in his mouth and dug a hole with his front feet, dropped the acorn in, covered it up and, as most squirrels do, forgot all about it…"

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Convergence and a Celebration

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Everything is on the surface right now. Life seems extra full. It’s as if the universe is trying to tell me something. What? I’m not sure, but maybe one takeaway is that my first book’s release, while important to me, is not the most important thing in my life. As always, it’s the people I love--my family, my friends, those of you who have been there and continue to lift me up.

If you post a comment here, you’ll be automatically entered to win a free copy of Normalish. Your comment will also enter you into the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire. Awesome coolness...

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Wishing Our Friend Harry Well

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In his Radio City office. 1952.

"My stories are anecdotes of my past, the people I’ve known, the places I’ve been and the ups and downs of a lifetime…" -- Harry Buschman

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Normalish: Stacy York's Top Ten Teen Movies

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Movies are my escape when life gets a little too real. (I watch a lot of them). Here are my top ten teen movies listed in random order and a free bookmark...

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Random Guest Blog Posts I’ve Written Lately

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I’ve been writing guest posts for my publisher’s blogs and reviewers’ blogs while leaving the StoryRhyme blog fairly unattended, which is bad because a blog left to its own devices will have the tendency to get into trouble...

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StoryRhyme After Dark: Getting Together

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The record was 12 kids until Charlie Blocker and the graduating class of 1990 came along. Charlie talked the school into allowing girls in the contest and even though they weren’t any smaller than the boys, you can imagine there was a real incentive to squeezing as many of teenagers in that telephone booth as possible. We could have squeezed in more if the girls had been a little more cooperative…

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Cancer Diary: Some Random Thoughts on Life, People, and Everything

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I laughed a few times and chatted with the cute nurse who rolled my bed down the hallway to my room. Until she told me about “the transfer” -- me moving from one bed to the other. Picture, if you will, one of those cartoon moments when the character’s eyes pop out of their heads. I was that cartoon character…

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Guest Blog Post, Long and Short Reviews

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They didn’t have any restrictions on the topic other than maybe it should be an introduction. So I thought about it and decided to write about my life-long love of reading and how it ultimately led to my becoming a writer (and when I say “becoming,” it’s like a process that I feel I’m in the midst of)...

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Musa Authors Memorial Day Blog Hop: Remember the Heroes, Put out your Flag (Please)

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He didn’t talk about the war much -- the returning soldiers tended not to but went about their lives, probably trying to forget. He did mention one time that it was hard to find work when he was discharged since his job had been given away, and so many other service men found themselves in the same situation.

But his story is practically a fairy tale compared to so many others...

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Behind the Story: Dresden at the Giraffe Store

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We all have milestones and important events in our lives. There’s the first day of school; the first lost tooth; the first day of college. Dresden at the Giraffe Store explores a familiar rite of passage. (That is, if you happen to live in an alternate universe where things are similar but completely different)...

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Who am I..? 51 Things about Me (Updated!)


13. I still haven't mastered our universal remote control.
20. Have never had a manicure.
45. Have learned to love ABBA.
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StoryRhyme After Dark: Perillo Tours

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As everyone knows Rome is built on seven hills... Some of them quite steep. The tops of each of them are prime tourist attractions and climbing them on a three speed Schwinn can be an invitation to a coronary either going up or coming down.

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Cancer Diary: Some things I’ve Learned

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When I first went through breast cancer twelve years ago, besides the initial shock, my predominating thoughts went to my beautiful two-year-old boy with his long hair and sunny disposition — just as any mother or father’s would. Would I see him grow up? How was it possible that I could be parted from him so early? It was nearly too much to bear. I can remember the waiting — waiting on results and pathology reports; the trip to pick out the Christmas tree the same day I received my initial diagnosis, and how surreal it all was, but there was my child to be strong for, and we – Husband and I — were strong. And everything turned out just fine, which I know it will this time.

But I learned about life the first time...

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Adventures in Breast Cancer! Update 1

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So I spoke to my oncologist to get her input. I thought about how young I was when diagnosed the first time; I’m still considered young for this recurrence. I also considered that there were a lot of years ahead of me in which I’d be worried about the possibility of recurrence on the “good” side. I’ve already been through one biopsy on the good side two years ago…

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What’s So Funny ‘bout Peace Love and Understanding?

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A racist political bumper sticker targeting the sitting President of the United States is just one more indication that ugliness has become entrenched. And maybe there’s no hope for those of a certain age who haven’t learned how to behave and accept others. Maybe our only hope is with our children, to teach them well, as Crosby, Stills & Nash put so eloquently…

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Cancer 102 - Second Semester:
Some Breast Cancer Etiquette

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1. When someone tells you they’re going to have a mastectomy/reconstruction, don’t tell them, “At least you’ll get a brand new pair of boobies!” or anything closely resembling this statement in a well-meaning attempt to cheer them up about a sucky situation. I’ve only told a handful of people so far, and I’ve already heard this nearly every time...

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StoryRhyme After Dark: The Why of It

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"IThe heaviest thin book I ever read was Stephen Hawking's, "A Brief History of Time." Professor Hawking taught me a few things: A black hole is really brilliantly white. Just before matter is sucked into it, it reaches the speed of light and converts itself into energy. What we see is matter waving goodbye to us as it disappears into a great cesspool in the sky…"

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StoryRhyme After Dark: Paradise Lost

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"I had a box of hymnals in the trunk of my car to deliver to Pastor Gregory James Coots of the Full Gospel Tabernacle, a church in Paradise. Paradise New York, that is. Paradise is a small town just north of Schenectady. I always disliked Schenectady... Mainly because it's hard to spell and it's off in a place you don't want to be in winter. Not that you'd enjoy being there in the summer either, but you do have to go there if you're on your way to Paradise. I sell bibles and hymnals to churches, and while I admit it's not much of a job, it's the only thing like a job I could find with the economy in the shape it is…"

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StoryRhyme's "Five Most..." 2011 Wrap Up


Our annual cornucopia of StoryRhyme.com''s most popular stories, pages and searches: 2011 edition...

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Looking Backward, Looking Forward

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It is customary to do a year in review. First off, I will not enumerate the reasons why 2011 sucked. There's no need. And I really don't find it necessary to access the painful emotions brought about by the sorrows of the year. Not going to go there. This is my reflection, though, on some of the good things that happened in 2011 and my very recent -- as of December 29th, so it got in just under the wire -- good news...

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