WHERE’S MY SHIP? By Marilyn Armstrong

I was out in Arizona talking to a Blue Corn Navajo lady who made jewelry. She had carefully given me her tribal affiliations and all I had to say was "Eastern European Jewish," which lacked panache. I don't seem to have much of an ability to show a lot of dash in casual conversation. Whatever … Continue reading WHERE’S MY SHIP? By Marilyn Armstrong

WILL WORK FOR PIZZA – Marilyn Armstrong

There is a rumor, perpetuated by television shows, that bloggers earn a living. By blogging. Someone in Hollywood seriously thinks people like me make money doing this. I am depressed to admit it, but not one cent have I ever made from this site -- not counting the occasional free book for review. I don't … Continue reading WILL WORK FOR PIZZA – Marilyn Armstrong

RERUNNING AND REWRITING ONE’S OWN MATERIAL – Marilyn Armstrong

I've written more than 10,205 posts. I have rewritten several dozens of these and reblogged a few more. After rewriting, most of the posts are so altered I barely recognize them. A few others I rerun because I like them. They are favorites and I like seeing them "up," so I post them when the … Continue reading RERUNNING AND REWRITING ONE’S OWN MATERIAL – Marilyn Armstrong

I’M STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT – Marilyn Armstrong

One of the many things I learned while working for a living was "never let them know how good you really are." It sounds like a joke, but it isn't. Moreover, I've always been more fond of family and friends than my work, except for the year I ran a newspaper in Israel. I totally … Continue reading I’M STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT – Marilyn Armstrong

THE GIFT OF WORDS – Marilyn Armstrong

And thus shall I bestow upon you the gift of gab, the talent of words, the ability to write with clarity and precision. Congratulations. You are a writer. But -- how do you know? Because you write. Could you be a better writer? Probably. We can all be better writers. I'm a much better writer … Continue reading THE GIFT OF WORDS – Marilyn Armstrong

ONCE UPON A TIME, WE WROTE LETTERS – Marilyn Armstrong

Garry was saying he was taping an old movie, "A Letter to Three Wives." He thought the whole concept of writing letters was kaput. No one writes letters anymore. We may dash off a note on a card, but a whole letter? "When," I asked Garry, "Was the last time you wrote a real letter." … Continue reading ONCE UPON A TIME, WE WROTE LETTERS – Marilyn Armstrong

POPULARITY – Marilyn Armstrong

We bloggers are endlessly in search of answers. All kinds of answers. I am, in particular, forever seeking an answer to the ultimate blogger query. What makes people follow me? Why are some posts popular while others -- which I think are better -- are not? I think I've got it part of the answer. … Continue reading POPULARITY – Marilyn Armstrong