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“How does it feel to have your CC?” asked Annie Wolock, my Ann Arbor Toastmasters and Friends Club president, over a cup of coffee.  The question took me by surprise, because inherent in the question was the magnitude of the achievement—like asking, “How does it feel to be 50?” Of course, becoming a CC (short […]

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To register, call 734-994-2300 ext. 53203 or visit Ann Arbor Rec and Ed.

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Have you ever voted with your feet?  “This movie is horrible, I’m out of here,” you might say—and you’ve just voted with your feet.  Or, you might vote with your feet in a positive way at a rock concert—by standing up and dancing, you’re saying, “I love this music.” On December 2, 2010 at our […]

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Writing is Healing

Anyone who keeps a journal or scribbles thoughts on a scrap of paper knows that it feels good to write. On the page I am my own therapist, rabbi, and best friend. The heaviness of the words leaves my body, landing on the page, ready to be read again tomorrow or simply torched n a […]

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My Virtual Life

I post.  But I am still in many ways a blogging/twittering/social media moron. I am technically aware enough to be dangerous. I have taught technical writing at the college level, have documented software for the Navy, and have blogs at debbiemerion.com and essaycoaching.com. Still, I was inspired yesterday to be a little less blogorific moronic […]

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For three years I have wondered who has been drawing the 6 feet long phantasmagorical chalk creatures on the path near Las Vegas Park in the Dicken School area.  I run through that park weekly in the warmer months.   The creatures have captions like “joint eater” and “spooky floating human/vampire hybrid,” but the artwork is […]

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My writing projects are usually smooth sailing except for two tiny glitches:  getting started, and finishing. Everyone has their own tricks  to get unstuck (shake the dust off your ideas and get started) and stick to it (get finished).  What are yours?  How do we support ourselves to sit in a dark room with just […]

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Biggby Coffee and the Professional Coaches Association of Michigan (PCAM) Present: Conversations for Possibility Drop by to experience an inspiring conversation with a professional coach! Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Biggby Coffee 1667 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 222-7030‎ To serve the community this holiday season, Professional Coaches Association of Michigan (PCAM) members are offering […]

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“I want the ancient pleasure that probably goes back to the cave: to be blown clean out of myself for a while, as violently as a fighter pilot who pushes the eject button in his F-111,” writes Stephen King about reading short stories. When Stephen King walked in my door last week, on the cover […]

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