Author Archives: Marcy

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days, and writing my memoirs. I am a teacher and writer living in Connecticut.

The Angel of Grafton Street

On Grafton Street in white and gold, with regal wings and upturned palms, a painted statue is ignored by most. Two lads approach, coins in hand, not really seeing her. She comes to life and startles both, yet cheers their … Continue reading

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They did it: My basement sunflowers lived until spring

Planted at the wrong time, they broke through soil anyway, kept alive by a buzzing light. The long winter persisted, but they grew stronger, and laughed bright yellow blooms. In spring, they breathed fresh air in a world that now … Continue reading

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Three Finales that Worked

The recent finale of How I Met Your Mother brought another round of Internet rage, but as a loyal viewer I thought the ending was right, as I did with both Dexter and Breaking Bad, two other shows with finales … Continue reading

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Sleeping in the Sahara

In the Sahara, collapsed on a carpet, air so dry my eyeballs ache, colors transform, beige to orange to black. Nearby, unseen, a camel’s never-ending chewing keeps me company. I drift, under a purer black than I’ve ever known and … Continue reading

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Holding my book in my hands

UPDATE 04/06/14: Thanks for the votes on the cover. My book is now published! Timid No More (in paperback) — One of my favorite scenes in the old Steve Martin comedy The Jerk is when Navin R. Johnson eagerly searches … Continue reading

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Beyond 101 Things: 12th quarterly report

12th Quarterly Report: January – March, 2014 I had worried that I would have nothing to write about once I finished my list of 101 things in 1001 days. In this first quarterly report after finishing, that seems to have … Continue reading

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Unpacking my new worms

While I’ll admit this is a fairly dull video of me unpacking my new worms, I did get a kick out of documenting my exuberant revulsion and my singsong, “Oooo, they’re alive.” (Video link) I set up my new worms … Continue reading

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Mama Can’t Rap

{In response to the Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo} My early obsession with classic rock and roll, my soft spot for the singer-songwriter, and my appreciation of quirky fun all trace back to my earliest musical memories. My mom loved … Continue reading

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Sunflowers (Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective)

Today, I photographed the third sunflower that’s bloomed in my basement this long, cold, lonely winter. It’s a little burst of summer sunshine that I thought was perfect for the weekly photo challenge theme of “perspective.” Despite its beauty, a … Continue reading

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If My Life Had a Soundtrack

This week’s Twisted Mixtape theme is “if my life had a soundtrack.” Well, it turns out my life does have a soundtrack, as long as you take a stroll with me through my YouTube channel. I hope it’s not too … Continue reading

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