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 Filipek Tennis Tournament

Photos from the 2014 Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament at Copper Valley Club (Scroll to the bottom to see thumbnails of each image) It was my pleasure to be a part of the Filipek tennis tournament this year. The … Continue reading

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A Shutter’s Click

Sometimes, in a shutter’s click, the camera sees all the way through, while life swirls around, a coursing river of distraction, and the child keeps changing, sometimes distant, deceitful, yet that moment remains, a record of grace, a testament of … Continue reading

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Caged Tiger

Our fear keeps us from sharp eyes, sharper claws, yet her magnificence calls. As she rests, we cuddle her, lay our heads on her soft belly. She raises her quiet head in dignity, defying her imprisonment, and we’re freed from … Continue reading

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Hot time, summer in the city

In general, I don’t love cities–the crowds, the noise, the pollution. Plus, most of my travels are during the month of August. Walking on city pavement in Morocco when it’s 125 degrees F out or in Thailand when the humidity … Continue reading

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Middle School Grammar Lesson

Image by 55Laney69 (Creative Commons) Slaps here, insults there. Some aches won’t ever go away. Hurt: the adjective describes the noun. They jab and tease, or, worse, exclude. Hurt: the action word. The teacher parses the axiom: “Hurt people hurt … Continue reading

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Ode to the Gargleblaster

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy From deep in the swamp of a months-long writer’s block, one little thing has kept me afloat, 42 words … Continue reading

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Three Pieces of Metal

A family portrait in the reflection of The Bean, Chicago, Illinois This street performer in New Orleans gave my son a lollipop. “Robotron: Coins make him move… dollars make him groove.” We biked out to this shipwreck on one of … Continue reading

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Lost in a Funhouse

Image by Donnie Nunley (Creative Commons) My distorted reflection pauses as the floor rolls beneath me, the carnival music punctuated by gasps. Around another corner, the narrow passageway turns dingy, cluttered, until I interrupt two guys, off duty, sharing a … Continue reading

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9 Links Worth Clicking {1}

From my travels around the web, these were some stories that really struck me. 1. 15 Travelers Share Their Favorite Bucket List Adventures This collection of travelers’ favorite adventures is inspirational, and it also introduced me to some new blogs to … Continue reading

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Afternoon in Marrakesh

In Marrakesh, snake charmers, whirling dervishes, orange juice, snails, and motorbikes compete for attention, until I need relief from exhaust and exhaustion. I clutch my bills close, annoyed by the hard sell, until a Barbary ape clambers over my shoulders. … Continue reading

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