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2018-11-30 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Penned by a Friend + Writing
Penned by a Friend: Veggies with Dip

Veggies with Dip by Valerie Moreno I take my choice of life’s delicacies by dipping them in savory promises of love.

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2014-01-16 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Penned by a Friend + Writing
Penned With a Friend: Whose Ice

Whose Ice by Marilyn Brandt Smith and Nancy Scott You’re not my mother’s ice. Hers came in big bags she beat on the floor turning rocks into gravel for old-timey ice cream. You’re not my ice either. Mine comes from its maker in symmetrical shapes ready for blending with berry, lime, or grape. You’re clumpy, […]

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2013-12-01 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Penned by a Friend + Writing
Penned by a Friend: The Box on the Porch

The Box on the Porch by Ed Potter “They didn’t even care enough about it to come outside and get it. Let’s take it home!” Those were the approximate words from six-year-old Margaret, on the brink of tears. You’ll understand when I tell you what happened. My wife, Sue, and I thought the children could […]

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The Other Side of the Glass Wall by Deon P. Lyons I sat at the gate waiting for a flight from Bangor to Florida on a cold, snowy day in 2007. There was an undercurrent of excitement about the upcoming trip to warmer weather. The huge windows overlooking the airfield gave me a view of […]

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2013-09-22 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Fragrance + Penned by a Friend + Touch + Writing
Penned by a Friend–Hair

Hair by Abbie Johnson Taylor When I was a little girl, Dad often took me to the barber shop. I sat in a nearby chair and watched with my limited vision, as the barber draped a sheet over Dad and clipped his hair with an electric razor that buzzed and often made snapping noises. That […]

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2013-08-19 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books + Penned by a Friend
A Book Review

Book Review: Never Let Me Go by John Wesley Smith A few years ago I read a science fiction story that was so captivating, I decided to read it again. That’s something I seldom do. But it made such an impression on me I felt strangely compelled recently to read it again and share my […]

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2013-05-23 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Penned by a Friend + Writing
Don’t Litter

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Magnets and Ladders magazine, but my mysterious mind couldn’t leave it alone. With Sharon’s blessing, I altered some circumstances which changed history for the lady in her original story. Read what could have happened in my story which follows this one. Don’t Litter By Sharon King-Booker Ginger regained […]

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2013-04-15 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Penned by a Friend + Touch + Writing
Temporary Employment

Temporary Employment by Ernest A. Jones I want to report about my new job. It’s a specialized position. In fact, I fear I’ve worked myself right out of the job. I had the sole responsibility for bathing two hundred and fifty elephants. Yes, you’re reading correctly, I had to bathe two hundred and fifty dirty […]

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2013-03-09 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Penned by a Friend + Writing
Penned by a Friend

Leaving Oz by Valerie Moreno After all of the twisters, Witches and pitches, Yellow brick roads That led to more glitches— Where scarecrows talk, Lions are teary And a tin-man’s wish For a heart makes him weary— Facing the dangers with courage and awe, Then finding the wizard’s a man with a flaw, Still, when […]

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2013-01-09 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Penned by a Friend
Penned by a Friend

Latitudes By Nancy Scott Ice melts before noon in New Mexico cities david says with a smile. Kentucky widows in winter, Marilyn writes, glide Dawn dish soap on outside steps, hide inside with Sousa marches and purring persians wanting cream. In Pennsylvania, I hear frozen precipitation pinging to precisely solidify, despite all this racket, to […]

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