In Younger Days

View of the active Soufriere volcano on Montserrat, taken from Antigua in the foreground. Photo credit, Photo 105129148 © Industryandtravel |

This short story is part of a chapter in my forthcoming book, “Memories of Montserrat.”

They told this story for years.

My grandparents loved entertaining. Tea parties, afternoons playing bridge, full dinners, Caribbean sunset viewings, and “Adventures in Listening” — they never missed an opportunity to gather and socialize.

Phones would ring across the island, as my grandfather would carefully watch the weather reports for a clear sky. “There’s a green flash happening tonight,” he’d tell my Nana, and she’d set up in the kitchen to bake bread, or a clafouti, or delicate finger sandwiches, after they decided to invite…

Booty Call

Follow the map

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When you’re friends with other ship captains, you are fast to learn, there’s spoils that await ye!

So when one eyed captain of the Good Ship Bad Influence, Marla Bishop, told me about a treasure chest, and how to find it, I was — like all good ship captains — ready to set sail in that direction.

Fun and Games

Mottos and flowers and mollusks

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On today’s writers’ call, we learned that the state of Rhode Island has a state mollusk.

The next natural question for a humorist writer is — what is my state mollusk?

We’re looking at you Iowa.

Today’s writers’ prompt is all about your state. Share what you learn about your state and see what funny bits arise. I’ll add links to your posts in this article as we go, and they’ll be featured in a future newsletter.

What if I don’t live in the states so-called united? That’s okay. Do it for your province, your county, your country, or whatever…

Sage Wisdom from Elon Musk’s Secret Sensei

If you can solve these problems, you’ll be rich and famous

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The number one problem with writing is — you have to sit on your butt and write.

That’s right. You cannot multitask if you are writer. You can’t go to the gym and exercise on a treadmill while you write.

You cannot take a walk around the most beautiful gardens of the world and write.

You cannot sit at the helm of a ship in a storm at sea, and write.

Go ahead — go try to find a stock photo of someone writing and multitasking while they are doing it.

To be a writer, you have to be dedicated…


My contract just did not allow me to reveal this until this month

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Yes, it’s true.

This is the big reveal party of the decade. I’m the one that planted the seed that gave Mr. Musk his start.

I’m his sensei.

I was not permitted to reveal the details. But the contract is finished, so I’m free to share now.

From my location in New York, which we fondly call The Eagle’s Nest, I’m writing this article to let you know how you too can achieve this greatness.

Here it is, step by step:

  1. Mindset is everything. You must believe you can achieve anything. Even when you think you can’t do a thing…


Because the issue didn’t go away just because Biden was elected

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You didn’t think this issue was resolved did you?

The good news is — the fascist in chief was voted out of office.

The bad news is — while everyone got to take a deep breath of relief, this issue is still urgent.

Let’s take a look at a couple of State of the Planet reports:

And this one:

Now that I’ve sobered you up from your post election day celebrations, what should you do?

To start, for women only — come join our Kitchen Table Talks. In specific, we begin our first in a series of free discussions…


It might not be what you think

Thanks to Unsplash

What comes to mind when you think about ‘accountability?’

Do you see coaches yelling at players? What do you visualize? I’m curious. Drop me a comment, because I suspect this is a highly variable visualization.

What do you think makes the most effective accountability tool?

Do you believe that you hold yourself to a high level of accountability?

How many years can you count for yourself personally, at holding yourself accountable to something — anything?

How much discipline do you have? Have you ever found yourself feeling stuck? …


Replenishments are essential

Thank you to Unsplash and Zhang Kaiyv

“Drink plenty of water,” the nurse said.

It’s what all good nurses say.

She had 70 years of experience in her chosen profession.

And ‘drink more water’ is the single bit of advice she gives them all,

as one by one, each new victim rolls up her sleeves

and gets her COVID shot.

But I felt grateful for her experience, for her calm and steady touch,

for her age old wisdom.

Drink more water.

Grateful for her, and I told her that.

Grateful for volunteering her time to help others.

Perhaps it wasn’t the vaccination that we needed.

Perhaps it…

I look forward to every news report from the WTNS. Don't ever retire! Now where should I ship those Cheetos? LOL.

Kitchen Table Talks

Is there a woman on the planet who hasn’t been subjected?

In the off chance that you haven’t heard the term — here’s a link. It rates its own Wikipedia page.

Every Friday in the Garden of Neuro, our new #SafeandBraveSpace — for women only — to meet, feel supported, and share aspirations, hopes, and dreams, we host what we call Kitchen Table Talks.

These are friendly, deliberative conversations held in a container where everyone gets to be seen and heard.

How do we accomplish that?

We have guidelines, and we review them at the start of each meeting. It’s not like most Zooms. …

Susan Brearley

EIC-MuddyUm-Contemplate-Garden of Neuro.20X Medium top writer. Writing comedy since Age 3. Founder, Garden of Neuro. Edited once by Ev Wiliams. He found a typo.

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