Author Archives: Sally Gerard

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?

“Make of Yourself a Light” 24 June 2022

Buddha’s last words were “Make of Yourself a Light.” Make of yourself a light. There are places here in America that are becoming darker. It is not the beautiful dark of nighttime when the stars shine, or the moon rises, … Continue reading

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Thin Places Work 20 June 2022

I recently read an article about using eight ways to describe a character to make them come to life. According to Jordan at Nownovel.com, those eight ways include: “1. Start with character profiles and pin boards 2. Focus on details … Continue reading

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The Popcorn 6 June 2022

“I’ll hold the popcorn.” I was sitting in the middle, so it just made sense. Susan and Cathy had their own sodas, and I could reach both, although Susan’s was diet. When the curtain opened, we quietly debated whether we’d … Continue reading

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Soft and Hard Places 25 April 2022

Soft is a warm bed and thick comforter after a long day, the muzzle on a horse just below and between his nostrils, a place to fall that is protected and maybe sacred, a loose pile of hay, the pre-dawn … Continue reading

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Bits and Pieces 24 March 2022

One night, the unspeakable happened. I was visiting my son, Alex, at Hastings College in Nebraska. My brother Mike and his wife Barb and my sister Jana drove out from Omaha to meet us for supper. It was a lovely … Continue reading

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Cows and Coyotes

Cows and coyotes generally ignore each other. But when there are baby calves, mama cows go into Sasquatch mode. One of the cows was deep in the labor process when I drove the tractor down to the pasture to feed. … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Love 22 February 2022

A recipe for love should include whole people, that is, the people involved must be accepted just the way they are, no removing skins or scraping out seeds, cutting away little rotted or moldy spots, and never separating and tossing … Continue reading

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Heart Candy Poem Challenge! 27 January 2022

Give me your best heart poem built with heart candies. For this one, I used all but four in a regular 0.9 ounce box. The video of me reading the poem, well, you be the judge.

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Things I Haven’t Done 21 January 2022

I haven’t gone to France, and I haven’t mopped the floor. I haven’t run a marathon, and I haven’t fed the bulls today. I haven’t got a mountain home, and I haven’t made that zucchini bread. I haven’t published my … Continue reading

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Scout, Atticus, and Boo 7 December 2021

I’ve been reading this book, Scout, Atticus, and Boo by Mary McDonagh Murphy. It’s a fifty year celebration (published in 2010) of To Kill a Mockingbird. It contains reflections on the novel by all kinds of people, including Oprah, Wally … Continue reading

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