Writing Samples

  • The Tool Belt - By Maida Korte “Ho, for the Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee!He was as wicked as wicked could be.But oh, he was perfectly gorgeous to see!The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee.” (Mildred Plew Miegs)           Andy likes to do nice things for me.  His ideas as to what those nice things are come from his boy
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  • Ready - by Maida Korte             “Poor Mole stood alone in the road, his heart torn asunder, and a big sob gathering, somewhere low down inside him, to leap up to the surface presently, he knew, in passionate escape…………the wafts from his old home pleaded, whispered, conjured, and finally claimed him imperiously…”  – Kenneth Grahame             According
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  • 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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