Category: Contests

Them People

Them People By Carole Harris Barton I saw her on the street when I entered the coffee shop. Waiting for my drink, I silently hoped the homeless woman would be gone when I left. She wasn’t. She’s going to hit me up for a handout, I just know it. “Hey, lady,” said the pale sixtyish woman, her thin face deeply furrowed. “Which way you goin’? I need a lift downtown.” “Sorry,” I replied, hoping my relief wasn’t obvious. “I’m not going that way.” “But you could, couldn’t you?” Her eyes were clear and steady. The truth in her question...

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Say YES To YOU By Saying NO To FEAR

Say YES To YOU By Saying NO To FEAR For the past year or so I’ve been doing a lot of work on myself re “fear”. I’ve been delving into  “A Course In Miracles” (even facilitated a group that studied it)  and practicing the very useful ideas presented in David Friedman’s “Thought Exchange”.  This work helped me see Fear in a different light. I am learning that Fear is useless. This  led me to begin my quest to handle fear and not let it handle me! I discovered that I’d been taught to be afraid of things when I...

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In this novel we find a dying man unreasonably self-possessed with the lack of control over the inevitability of his death, while he experiences the various stages of dying. Thus, in accordance with his life long characteristics, he lashes out at the nurse, Sister Agnes, and in an even more viciously, against Sheela Bacchus, his servant.  His inhumane treatment of both women, also serves to obscure his own guilt of having pursued and impregnated a fifteen year old child, Dalia Mendonza, the mother of his beloved son, Payton. Yet, in keeping secret the whereabouts of Dalia Mendonza, he hopes to emotionally and psychologically control their son from his grave.  Unrepentant, he seeks to avenge the family’s estrangement from him and Payton, due to hte younger man’s illegitimacy and link to the African blood line, through his...

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Before & After: Share Your Photos

What have you changed? Did you redecorate a room?  Change a paint color? Repurpose a piece of furniture? Have you changed your body? How about a new haircut?  Restyled a dress with a belt? You can find umteen ways to REDO things, from your home, to your work space, to your personal appearance, and we’re asking you to share your BEFORE and AFTER photos with us. It’s a Creative Challenge, and EVERYONE who submits will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card (good for online shopping, too) to Steinmart (a fabulous place for women’s, men’s...

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Recognizing Young Talent: Courtney Patkau and Dylan Magruder

Fiction is my thing. I spend my free time writing it, I’ve taken several classes for it, and I aspire to publish my own work someday. When I heard we were doing a creative writing contest at Here Women Talk, I jumped at the opportunity to manage the fiction submissions. So, now that the Devin Alexander Creative Writing contest has ended, I want to draw attention to those who didn’t get the recognition they deserved. Although they didn’t win, it wasn’t because they lack talent. Out of all the brilliant writers who submitted their work but just didn’t gather...

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Carole Harris Barton Wins Creative Writing Contest

Congratulations to Carole Harris Barton! Carole is the Grand Prize Winner in our first-ever Devin Alexander Creative Writing Contest. Carole’s winning submission, a 563-word nonfiction piece titled “Them People,” is an uplifting story about her encounter with a homeless woman. Thank you, Carole, for shedding your light on us. Thank you also to runners-up Lauren McLaughlin (fiction: “Andy Warhol’s Greatest Fan“) and Marita Rahlenbeck (Poetry: “Nature Wakes“). And thank you to all the other 47 talented, giving people who shared their fiction, nonfiction and poetry with us. Unfortunately, we could only have one winner, but every one of you...

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