Category Archives: Memoir

Fun House of Pain?

My Real Memoir My fingers had every reason to think I hated them. I cut more chunks out of them than I did any actual wood when whittling surfer style “tiki god” pendants for my friends (“Dear Mitch, please carve … Continue reading

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The Prince of Drama

My Real Memoir We had one elective. It might have been Creative Writing if I hadn’t had something to prove. I’d gotten sick right before the 6th Grade Talent Show. Everyone was sympathetic, even my parents, and the TV ad … Continue reading

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Greedy Love

Pirate’s Cove, Newport Beach, California I normally do a Thought for the Week on Mondays, so this anniversary post is a bit off-point. Then again, maybe somewhere within these words you’ll find a relevant thought-for-the-week of your own. My wife … Continue reading

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The “S” Word

My Real Memoir Sex. Along with acting and writing—and, if I’m honest, anything else that got me noticed—sex was beginning to claim a larger and larger chunk of terrain in my brain. At first it had been a distant island, … Continue reading

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I Fell to My Death (But I’m Feeling Much Better Now)

My Real Memoir Getting a 10-speed bike for Christmas and being twelve years old meant (in my mind) that there were no longer any limits to how far I could go! I’d made it to Coyote Creek before. But it … Continue reading

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Welcome to Teenage Boot Camp

My Real Memoir We were in junior high school, theoretically, to learn Math, English, and Social Studies. But we all knew the real reason we were there: to learn how to be cool, so they’d let us into real high school. … Continue reading

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Sinking Sand

Photo by Dan Grinwis Thought for the Week I was an atheist, and insufferably superior about it. I considered myself more rational, more progressive than my naïve religious friends. But there was one thing I couldn’t explain: The Wallaces. They … Continue reading

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The Way That Led to Me

Photo by Katie of A Virginia Writer’s Diary Five years ago, Rhonda of Pollyanna’s Path (whose blog I still read and enjoy) nominated me for a blogger award. These days I leave such awards to newer bloggers, but I found … Continue reading

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The Day the Movies Came to Me

My Real Memoir I was born loving movies–it’s in my DNA (Mom loved all kinds of movies, along with books about movies, Dad loved action flicks, especially sci-fi). I was even named after a movie character, “Mitch” in the long-forgotten … Continue reading

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My Brief but Glorious Career as a Monster

Monster Me (photo enhanced by me, age 11) My Real Memoir I’ve admitted before my boyhood affection for monsters. No, more than just affection, from Dr. Frankenstein’s befuddled electro-charged jarhead to that ultimate pound puppy, the Wolfman, I empathized with … Continue reading

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