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The 12th of December

The Twelfth of December  by Holly Gaskin 364 days had passed, sometimes creep-crawling, other times sprinting, until the calendar page once again screamed “December 12.” I’d been conscious that it was creeping up, as I ripped page after page off the calendar at the end of each day, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11… now, here …

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Mirrored: CH Osborne Interview

Recently I  had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the Young Adult Fantasy novel, Mirrored, by local author  C.H. Osborne. The review will appear in the January issue of Watertown Neighbors magazine. In the meantime, I liked the book so much that I contacted the author, to see if she’d grant me an interview for …

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The Worst Halloween Ever (1979)

You will not find this fact in any textbook, or even on Wikipedia, but I can attest that October 31st, 1979 was The Worst Halloween Ever. Of course, we don’t know we’re making history while we’re making it. All I knew at the time was that I had the worst luck of any kid in …

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Watertown Neighbors

There is a new local magazine just starting to make the rounds, called Watertown Neighbors. The publication brands itself as: “A community magazine serving the residents of Watertown.”     I recently had the chance to write a book review, which appears in the current issue.   In keeping with its community-oriented theme, I chose …

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Home

    Every two or three years, the sickness hits me. My heart starts to feel heavy, my mind drifts off to a faraway place, my lungs cannot fill with adequate air. The walls seem to be drawing closer, and the ceiling lower, by fractions of millimeters each day, until I’m struck with an almost …

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Go on Living

I’ve been going through boxes of family mementos, unearthing a hodgepodge of my own memories, and mysterious, black and white photographs from long before I was born. One item I found caught me by surprise. It was a poem I had written long ago. I haven’t thought of it in years. Although there were no …

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2017 Reading Challenge, Part 4

I’m still plowing ahead with my promise to read at least 4 books per month throughout 2017… and I’m also trying to expand my horizons, so to speak, by reading some books outside my normal, favorite genres. Here’s a run-down on what I read in April.   The Awakening and the Selected Short Stories– Kate Chopin …

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Mom: A Mother’s Day Lament

Mom ©2017 Holly E. Gaskin   You hated having your picture taken. I guess that explains why there are only three photographs of us together when I was a baby. One, when I was in your tummy, just days before entering the world. A second picture was snapped when I was just a few days old, …

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Fail!

I guess I’m just not tech-savvy enough to be a writer in today’s world. I tried creating a “secret page” on my website. I then posted links on my social media accounts. The idea was to draw readers to the secret page on my website. They’d then be able to click on Door #1 or …

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2017 Reading Challenge, Part 3

I am still keeping my promise to read at least 4 books a month… I’m just a month behind in posting them. So, without further ado, here are the books I read in March. My Sister’s Keeper– Jodi Picoult Since Picoult’s novel Great Small Things was my favorite book of 2016, I decided to delve …

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