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2018-11-30 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Writing
What’s In Those Boxes?

It was a cold day in late November. We had our first snow. Several Christmas presents were due. My husband, adult son, and I—all blind—try to track arrivals and schedule them so we know who should get the mail or intercept the UPS guy. It isn’t always possible to get it right. This was one […]

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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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2014-01-16 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Books + Writing
Can You Like a Bad Guy?

Review of: Slayground by Richard Stark, NLS DB-77061 This noir fiction is one of many from a series by Donald Westlake, writing as Richard Stark. His character, Parker, is a professional thief who’s done it all. In this Winter story, he finds himself marooned in Fun Island, a deserted amusement park, after an armored car […]

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2014-01-16 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Writing
My Valentine

Climb into my dream You honey bunny; Sing, sweat, and swear, Make me giggle, get goosebumps; Forget what’s missing in me And that you wouldn’t kiss me where it counts On a hundred-dollar bet. You’re my TV Ouija babe; I can make you do anything to me And love it, In my dreams.

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2014-01-16 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Writing
A Cool-Down Exercise

Several years ago, a bunch of us participated in a workshop conducted by Margo LaGattuta. Here’s one of her great ideas, and the piece I generated in response to her prompt. This idea is from poet Rick Jackson, Vermont College MFA Program. It is based on the idea that this series of opposites, a study […]

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2013-12-01 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Writing
Haiku Riddles

One. What’s his Name? He’s used to the snow; Lean and lank, he pulls his load– Uh oh! He stumbles. Two. What if she drinks too much? Grandma’s recipe. Is it safe to use raw ones? Should I add brandy? What a sneaky way to get you to read my blog–answers after the recipe!

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2013-12-01 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Music + Writing
There’s a Song in the Air

Music has always been my strongest means for expressing and celebrating the spiritual beauty of Christmas. As a good harmony singer on a school campus at the Texas School for the Blind where music played a leading role, I rose early on our day for going home. In the older girls’ cottage we donned warm […]

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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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2013-12-01 :: Marilyn Brandt Smith // Writing
Answers to Haiku Riddles

Did you get it right? Bobtail Eggnog

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