Stories on Medium in May 2020

Hello there! I published several stories on Medium in May. I’m trying to find a way to cross-post them without violating any Medium rules. There should be a way to export them so that the canonical URL stays with Medium, but I’m told that’s not possible. I would like to focus this blog on writing […]

Memoir Writing Workshop

Since October 31, 2018, I’ve been writing a memoir. The last 9 months have been much more challenging after a fast start. I’m into the hundreds of pages, and various sections are polished more than others. I can barely see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know that when my first draft […]

Stories on Medium for April 2020

Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash. In addition to this blog, A Word, Please, I also write stories on Medium as @lee_hornbrook. You can try Medium for free. You will get 5 free stories to check it out. But most of the content is behind the Medium paywall. For $5.00 a month, you get access to hundreds of […]

Discover Prompts-Day 30: Grateful

Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash. I know that I have much to be grateful for in this life – a roof over my head, food in the cupboard and refrigerator, love in my life, a young dog. I’m not food insecure or housing insecure. Yet, I’m close to it. After a 33-year career in higher education, I […]

Discover Prompts-Day 29: List

Photo by Little John on Unsplash. For my entire life, I’ve been a list-maker. From the Book of Lists in the 70s and 80s to lists of games or pennies missing from a collection, or baseball cards, to daily to-do lists and master lists for large projects, I’m all about the list. I’m also a wizard of words, […]

Discover Prompts – Day 28: Focus

Photo by Elena Taranenko on Unsplash. Recently, I had an emergency root canal. During the procedure, they handed me a small squeezy ball with an emblem of the world on it in relief. It was not soft and spongy but rather firm, though I could still squeeze it some. When I found it difficult to concentrate because of […]

Discover Prompts-Day 27: Team

Photo by Amanda Wolbert on Unsplash. My first love is baseball, but I didn’t start playing organizing Little League until I was 10 years old, a couple years later than my peers. I was a bit bigger than the 8 year olds, but very skinny. I was also a little stronger, so I could make the throw from […]

Discover Prompts-Day 26: Hidden

Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash. The hidden life is anathema to healthy personal relationships. Couples or friends who hide or keep things from each other play dangerous games that lead to more overt and conscious forms of deception. Honesty has no limits, though it may be guarded by useful tact at times. I’ve never thought that anything […]

Discover Prompts – Day 25: Magic

Photo by Almos Bechtold on Unsplash. My brother had a collection of magic tricks. He kept them in a large, worn orange box about the size used for cakes. It was deep and had tape on the corners of the lid to hold it together. It was forbidden for any of us to go in it. So of […]


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