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.


Possums Are The Original Zombie Animals

An Experiment in Hilarity at our Weekly Editors’ Meeting

Baskerville Old Face bragging

What is Amy Sea going to do with all the photos of us with our drug paraphernalia? People still owe her their photos. She apparently is going to put them in an article. They are ripe for humor. Maybe write a humor writing prompt?

Nanci Arvizu and I come directly…

Fun and Games

Folk Remedies That Work

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In this week’s Mudditors’ Zoom meeting, I was heartily embarrassed to turn on my video for two reasons. First, I was eating my famous banana bread, trying to get my breakfast in at 11 am. I really dislike people seeing me chomp on my Cheerios.

Second, I have two wildly…


Do we?

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We love
We stand in love
We walk in love
We hold hands, in love.
We don’t fall.

We play in love
We love to play
We sing in love
We write odes to love
We write love songs to love.
We don’t fall.

We gather those we love
We hug…

The Singularity in Community

Your article, like all others, deserves this

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Some of us are slow to be inspired by the muse. We resist the grok.

I stand before you enlightened.

Therefore, from this point forward, I will clap for all the articles I read on Medium, exactly 42 times.

I feel so relieved. I’ve finally figured out the purpose of…

Smart Ways to Invest Your Hard-Earned Medium Money

Sign up for the MuddyUm Comedy Camp!

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Yes, all the rumors are true.

MuddyUm will be hosting our first annual Comedy Camp in 2022.

MuddyUm editors and writers will get first dibs on the bunks and choice of housing. And Bootyque swag!

But if you are one of the four winners of the MWC, you might want…


Pirates edit for booty and your MWC deserve the best

Unsplash thanks ye pirates all

When a treasure is involved, pirates go all in.

We love our ship. We love this deck we stand on.

What we don’t love is being cut out of a treasure. You know how it is. You work all day, hoisting lines and swabbing decks, heaving to and weighing anchors.

FUN AND GAMES Writing Prompt

Don’t Let THEM Have All The Fun!

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I was listening to a podcast the other day, as I do every day. This wasn’t a TED talk though. This was “Metaphysical Milkshake,” on Luminary.

I’ll listen to most anything once, to give it a chance. …


Inspired by a Garden of Neuro Workshop

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Inside the Garden of Neuro, which we operate as a #safeandbravespace for women, we have conversations, deliberative dialogs, inspirational Kitchen Table Talks where wisdom transfers happen between wisdom keepers and wisdom seekers.

We conduct workshops. We gather in topical circles. We read books and share learnings in book club talks…

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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