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Author Archives: Dona

About Dona

Mother of two twenty-somethings. Recent empty-nester. Adjusting to the new normal.

Old Writing: Part 23::The Littlest Dancer

No clue what age. Grade school. (I hope). The Littlest Dancer Once there was a girl at the age of five. She wanted to be a ballet dancer more than anything else in the whole world but her mother and father were much too poor to let her take dancing lessons. Amy, which was her … Continue reading »

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Old Writing: Part 22::My First Hour (this morning)

Probably 6th grade again. My First Hour (this morning) I opened my eyes and recalled my dream I had the night before. Then my dad walked in my room to see if I was awake or not. I pretended I was asleep (although he always seems to know I am really awake). He told me … Continue reading »

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Old Writing: Part 21::My Blob

Probably 6th grade again. The prompt must have been something about using color. My Blob Ho! Ho! Ho! I see my sophisticated horse [is] as lazy as ever. There’s the red snail in his shell. The blue moon. The orange moon and the violet moon off in the yellow sunset. If you look closely you … Continue reading »

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Old Writing: Part 20::Two Haiku

These were probably written in 1969. I was in 6th grade. The second of these haiku poems I used for years whenever I had to write one. I always got a passing grade. In the early spring The birds sing so merrily. I hate to leave them. Flowers bloom and wilt. Snow falls down and … Continue reading »

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Old Writing Series: Part 19::The Cheshire Cat

We must have been assigned to make a picture out of words.¬†Yeah, not a poet… The Cheshire Cat I speak to my Cheshire cat, In a tone that pleases him. If he smiles ’til the clock strikes nine I feed him liver which is fine.

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Old Writing: Part 18::Miss Woiwode!

This is from 6th grade. Miss Woiwode was our student teacher. I’ve written about her famous brother before. Miss Woiwode! I was thinking as I walked to school at 11:45 that it probably would rain today. It did. I was waiting for Eugenia inside the school building. Here she came up the walk. I ran … Continue reading »

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Old Writing: Part 17::Picking Countries

This was written when I was in 6th grade. I am thinking we were studying how to write newspaper articles. Picking Countries “Wednesday, February 5th was the day for picking countries in social studies,” said Mrs. Anderson, sixth-grade teacher at Highland School. “The boys and girls will each give a report on a country in … Continue reading »

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Old Writing: Part 16::Two Cinquains

This paper has no date but it does have directions for how to write a cinquain: One word title (names the topic) Two words describing the title (defines or describes) Three words describing actions (expresses¬†action) Four words expressing feelings (expressions of personal attitude) Another word for the title (synonym for topic) I wrote two but … Continue reading »

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Old Writing: Part 15::A Mirror on my Dresser

This has no date but it does have an illustration. While there was some creative license taken, the bit about talking to my reflection is true, but that was a different mirror. A Mirror on my Dresser The old mirror on my dresser is a shadowbox. I talk to my reflection whenever I am alone … Continue reading »

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Old Writing: Part 14::Inflatable Additions (to houses)

Written on March 25, 1969. We must have been studying writing advertisements. Inflatable Additions (to houses) You will never be sorry when you buy our new inflatable additions. You need no city builder’s permit and you will have no messy back or front yard. All you do is run down to your favorite department store … Continue reading »

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