Writing Samples

  • Paying Attention -  Maida Korte             “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”  Coco Chanel             Two times in my life I have had a friend offer to do a make-over on me.  Two times.  And these offers were in close proximity to each other.  I can take a hint – so I muffled an ‘okay I
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  • Paths Dimly Lit - Maida Korte “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers.”  –  John Wooden             When I was in sixth grade, Janet Babb’s mother informed my mom that I was too rambunctious to be allowed to attend her daughter’s horse riding party.  I was able to
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  • Blinking - By Maida Korte           “We grow accustomed to the Dark –            When Light is put away –            As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp            To witness her Good bye –             A Moment – We Uncertain step            For newness of the night –            Then – fit our Vision to the Dark –            And meet the
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  • 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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