Author Archives: Marie A Bailey

Stay At Home and Stay Away #personalspace #socialdistancing

Whenever in a crisis, I always want to pare down, live a simpler life, stop trying to be some kind of social (media) butterfly. It’s how I cope. Remember, I’m an introvert.

Memoir as a Lyrical Journey Toward Understanding: A Review of Cinthia Ritchie’s Malnourished — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

By Marie A Bailey Caveat: Cinthia Ritchie, author of the memoir Malnourished: A Memoir of Sisterhood and Hunger, is my friend, and I read her memoir keenly aware of my affection for her. I don’t claim to be objective in my review, but, in all honesty, I don’t know that I’ve ever been objective when […] […]
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Down With COVID-19. Up With Nature and Cats. #MondayBlogs #Nature #Cats

My reprieve from the COVID-19 call center was only for a few days. (You can read about my stomach-churning anticipation here and actual experience here.) By Thursday, my division was being asked to ante up again. At one point, my boss wanted me to literally drop everything and high-tail it back to the call center. […]
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44 Hours in a COVID-19 Call Center #coronavirus #storytelling

Reflections on 44 hours in a call center for coronavirus information. What worked, what didn’t.

What to Say, What to Do #nature #musing #innerchild #pityparty

I’ve been adrift lately, casting about on some infinite ocean in a small dingy … without oars. A sense that my life is not my own, at least between 8 and 5, Monday through Friday. The child in me rants and rages, risks rocking the boat and drowning. The adult in me stares down at […]
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UPDATE: Crazy Busy or Busy Crazy With a Dash of Nightingale & Sparrow #CNF #published

I’ve been so crazy busy that I “mangled” the link to Nightingale & Sparrow’s website. Without further ado, here is the link to the online version: http://online.fliphtml5.com/tpuo/zxmk/ If you’re interested in the print version, go here: https://www.amazon.com/love-Nightingale-Sparrow-Literary-Magazine/dp/B084P24666/ref=sr_1_5?crid=24I5U2688S5LC&keywords=nightingale+and+sparrow&qid=1581642967&sprefix=Nightingale+an%2Caps%2C221&sr=8-5 ********************************************************* I’ve been busy crazy the last few weeks due in large part to my day job. But […]
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🤘 Eternity Began Tomorrow is free all weekend! 🤘 — WHAT THE HELL

Sometimes the best things in life are free … at least for this weekend! If you haven’t read Kevin Brennan’s latest novel, here’s your chance for a free copy. But only for this weekend so get snappy … and don’t forget to leave a review, the lifeblood of writers. Heads up! All weekend long, Eternity […]
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It Only Takes a Few Words to Love a Book — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

I’m thrilled to have my review of Deep Creek by Pam Houston published in Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog! By Marie A Bailey The first time I saw Pam Houston was in 1991 or 1992. I was a graduate student in English at Florida State University. The university was hosting a creative writing conference and Houston was […]
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Another Day, Another Bounty of Garbage #makeAmericabeautifulagain #pickupyourtrash

Picking up trash started as a hobby, as just another way to enjoy the outdoors while doing something for the environment. It’s quickly turning into an obsession. “I see trash. Trash is everywhere.”

Picking Up After Others #makeAmericabeautifulagain #leaveonlyfootprints

I have a favorite pond near where I work. It’s small, roughly a half mile in diameter and shaped like a stretched-out kidney. It often plays host to dozens of pond sliders (turtles), minnow-like fish, and large birds such as blue herons and egrets. The pond sits across the intersection, diagonal to my office building. […]
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