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didaink
didaink is my pen name and a place where I can indulge my love for writing and story.
Interests: food and laughter with friends, more food, then more laughter and a second margarita (straight up, please), music that gives me goose bumps, stories ripened or old, travel to and from anywhere (but particularly places that have AC and oversized bath tubs), smiling long and wide, sleeping long and late, tiramisu, throw pillows, pineapple, hot sauce, crunchy warm baguettes smothered with butter and blackberry jam... and, let's see... gorillas, komodo dragons, koalas, prickly tickles, tummies that bulge or jiggle, and sharing erroneous personal information ;-)
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Rural Pennsylvania Mothers Like Me Aren’t Going Anywhere The link above will take you directly to my latest editorial for SHEmedia, a brand of feminist news, via: SheKnows Covering All Things Lifestyle From family to food, health to home, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at didaink
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"Scales of Justice" 24KT Gold Plated Balance Scale with Swarovski® Crystals (Available at White House Gift Shop in 2020) It was almost 10:30am on Jump Start Monday when my son joined me in the family room. Monday is “jump start"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at didaink
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Friday Climate Strike, Philadelphia 9/27/19 Teaching our children to honor their word is one of the most important things a parent can do. Because my daughter felt bullied at age 13 and 14 for being “weird” and "different," I made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at didaink
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Tickle Maria My “Tickle Maria” turns 17 today, and exactly 17 years and 6 months ago, I began my writing life, thanks to her, expressing myself in ways I’d never done before. I’d been given this incredible chance at parenting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at didaink
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Julie & her dad in January Mr. H’s voice was ever-present in my troubled world as a child. I’d hear him call for my best friend, his daughter whose birthday I share, and the warm bass in his vocals, like... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at didaink
“So why did you cheat, Lila?” I asked. Lila is an A student and a soon-to-be senior at Palo Alto High School. “To get a good grade,” she confessed. “How would your parents react if you told them?” (Both parents... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at didaink
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I have a 13-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter. They are dual-citizens like Melania Trump’s son, because my husband is an immigrant and also a naturalized citizen, like Melania. In fact, 1 in 4 children in the United States are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at didaink
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I replayed the news tape from the Louisiana rally again because I’m hearing impaired and I wanted to make sure that I'd read the words correctly; the CC script can sometimes be inaccurate. That’s when I noticed the little boy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2019 at didaink
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I’m still looking for ways to find you, honor you, and bring you back to life. When I see your picture or your handwriting in cards that were once freshly peeled from their crisp envelopes, you are near me again,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at didaink
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I admit it, I've never kept up with the Kardashians. My teenage daughter hasn't either, but she does admire Kourtney Kardashian for keeping up with reality and bringing her younger sister back down to it with her iconic "Kim, there’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at didaink
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Several years ago my young son asked me, "How many more days until we die?" It was bedtime and he was experiencing the pain and helplessness of grief for the first time. Washington Post's On Parenting publication To escape his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at didaink
On Parenting, Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/11/29/making-sense-of-death-for-my-5-year-old-and-myself/?utm_term=.8b2a08e9fae4 Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at didaink
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How's the weather in Heaven? And the food? By all reports, it must be heavenly. It's raining again in Pennsylvania. Yep, Pennsylvania. This is finally home, but it's the kind of "home" that feels like a houseboat drifting out to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at didaink
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Women's March on Washington D.C. © didaink 2017 They could have been sisters with Officer Henkelman, if not twins, and when I asked if they were, they shook their heads no but smiled. Still, they felt like sisters. Perhaps it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at didaink
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“As a mother and friend, I would do anything to help my child and save him,” wrote Joni Magnus-Ramsey, a close family friend of Brock Turner’s parents on a now defunct financial support page on Facebook. I am a mother... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at didaink
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Dear Superintendent Kolwe, As media outlets continue to run with the story surrounding Amite High School’s treatment of Valedictorian, Andrew Jones, which prevented him from his graduation ceremony because of chin hair, I wonder how long it will take you... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at didaink
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The first time I heard Under Pressure I was a sophomore in high school. 1981. The bass line. The scat. The lyrics -- a love letter to the world, written just for my generation, and for me. This, I still... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at didaink
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I chose to drive his car fast in the rain so I'd be there when he woke. I chose honesty because of all the lies I breathed and spoke. I chose dogs and cats and mice and Latino men in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at didaink
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I go to Facebook to connect with people I've lost physical contact with over the years. I've had to move several times across the country and life has drastically changed for me since I left California. I connect on Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at didaink
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I listen to the melody and pretend I am playing your piano as I write this. My fingers move across the keyboard the way yours once did over the keys of your baby grand, the span of your fingers reaching... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at didaink
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Clockwise: Mom & Me, Carm, Greg, Rick & Roz May 1: May Day, a chance to gather flowers and give them to my mother, not just because she was movie-star beautiful and smelled liked cinnamon, but because she was my... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at didaink
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25,200 words short. The equivalent of 50 pages I haven't written in three week since my fall and my house is still dirty. Yeah, so.. what are you going to do about it? Does writing a daily acrostic count? No, Ma'am, it does not. Well, it has given me a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
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I vowed to finish my blog time before 11:30pm and it's now 11:45 and I am now just starting to put down my progress or lack thereof today. These last few days have really kicked my behind and I finally realize that I have to learn how to use Scrivener,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
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The Mamas and The Papas hit the nail on the head. "Monday, Monday, so good to me," but being a Mama or a Papa trying to write a novel on the weekends? Uh... gonna need one more day in there somewhere. It's 1:20am and I'm just finishing my work for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?
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223 words today. That's it. All dialogue. Dialogue that I've been putting off because, well, I had to invent it, fit together fragments without revealing too much, show how the two main characters react to a planned surprise. Two people in their infancy together, noticing details about the other that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Will I Finish by Fifty?