Archive for February, 2013

Seeing as I let a 11% of the year slip by without writing a blog post, I understand if you think I’m off to a slow start in 2013.

This is where a nice “Tortoise and The Hare” reference comes in handy.

English: Galapagos islands giant tortoise feeding

English: Galápagos islands giant tortoise feeding (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much like a tortoise, I’m content lounging in my house munching on leaves … I mean chocolate.  I also plan to live 100 – 250 years.  But more to the point, I’m slow but still a force.  I just need a little momentum to ramp up ….

Last night  at The 92nd Street Y, Tribeca, I found my ramp watching Smith Magazine’s 6 Word Memoir live show.  The idea is to pack a lot of meaning into just 6 words.  It seems the genesis for the idea came from a 6 word story written by Hemingway.  He wrote:  “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  Smith Magazine gives writers of all ages a forum for sharing the shortest of stories and last night, they brought  some very talented tellers to the stage.  I laughed.  I cried.  I laughed again.

I am  inspired.

6 words is the perfect bite-size blog and just the slow start this tortoise needs.  So here I go:

1. Without writing, is there a blog?  (I got the most single-day hits on margagogo.com during my hiatus so the answer is a resounding “yes”.  I’d like to thank the spam bots or the single person with excellent taste who thinks  my Pool Or Pond post is funny enough to read 196 times.)

2.  Valentine’s Day over,  Easter candy next!  (See the line about chocolate eating tortoises.)

3.  With Internet, does anyone work anymore?  (Guess where I am as I write this.)

4.  Writer’s block in fingers, not mind.  (I write a zillion stories in my head as I walk to and from work but then my damn fingers won’t type them.)

5.  Gettin’ jiggy? Yeah, don’t touch this.   (How many pop culture references can you fit into 6 words?)

6.  Happiness is friends and free dessert.  (Inspired by Estancia, my friends and yes, free dessert)

If you read Smith Magazine while at work, you can while away hours reading 6 word memoirs on everything from “attitude” to “life” to “war”.  And please check out The Y.  They have varied and interesting programs which might inspire you as they do me. They also serve drinks (don’t get your hopes up though, no margaritas).

You should get your hopes up about Estancia (460 Greenwich Street).  The  super friendly staff serves Argentine inspired fare with a flair.  The food is amazing; the wine list just long enough and the bartender is a ‘drink whisperer’ as she came up with the perfect pour for each of us.  I can’t lie, the dessert gift makes me like Estancia even more.  Especially since they don’t realize how sweet that gift really was – my friends both gave up dessert for Lent so every bite of the giant cookie and cinnamon gelato was all mine.  But dessert or no, it’s worth the trip.

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