Writing Samples

  • Trudy - – Maida Korte “Men shut their doors against a setting sun.” William Shakespeare         She came to the door with a large stemmed goblet in her hand filled with sparkling water.   In a deep gravelly voice she said, “Oh, it’s you….come in…..ANGELA….she turned her head and shouted in a direction behind her….I told you to
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  • Walking -      By   Maida Korte “I’ve developed into quite a swan. I’m one of those people that will probably look better and better as I get older – until I drop dead of beauty.” ― Rufus Wainwright I didn’t become an athlete until after my four children were born.  I found that smashing a tennis ball
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  • The Ceremony of it ….. - Rituals create ceremony into the ordinary patterns of life. Coffee is one of mine.
  • The Housecoat - By Maida Korte “Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have immortal longings in me.” – William Shakespeare      I understand.  I see it now.  All of my life has been spent reviling the housecoat in exchange for sweatpants and t-shirt and I have been wrong.  Sweatpants are only for those with the
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  • My Ernie - My Ernie “Baseball, it is said, is only a game.  True.  And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.  Not all holes, or games are created equal.”  – George Will I never thought about being a Cub’s fan.  It was as natural to me as being a girl.  I just was.  My dad
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  • What I Do Anywhere - What I Do Anywhere – Maida Korte “Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.” – Paulo Coelho Of course I’ll get you a water bottle – and I trotted to the refrigerator to get her one.  She was young and looked exhausted, walking house to house in 90 plus degree heat
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  • Then Came The Boys - Then Came The Boys “I’m not trouble at all. I’m just a guy trying to get a girl to give him the time of day. I’m like every song on the radio.” Hailey Abbott                         It was such a short time ago, it seems, when I was pregnant with Kimberly, my oldest daughter.  I
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  • The Melody of Youth - It comforted me. The music. Not like the kind of comfort you feel when you are hurting or sad. Nor the kind of comfort you need when you are lonely or afraid. I’m talking about the kind of comfort that feels safe like a soft blanket. I was five years old and this music felt like warm flannel pulled up
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  • When little – - Aunt Judy “When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” – Victor Hugo           I was not the eldest child in our 6 children household – but I might as well have been.  I was the oldest girl – second in the line-up with my older brother, two
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  • City Girl - “I never saw a purple cow, I never hope to see one, but I can tell you anyhow, I’d rather see than be one.” – Ogden Nash I am a city girl. Over the course of three decades, the electricity of motion and a sense of pluck and grit turned me into an urban woman.
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