Author Archives: Mary Fran Says

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.

Mask Messages: a follow up

I received several interesting comments in response to last week’s post, Messages and Masks. Some were submitted with explanation, others simply stated. A couple were discussed in *gasp* person. “The first thing that pops into my head is, I AM … Continue reading

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Messages and Masks

Had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day. I was telling her that I attended a paint and pour class hosted by a woman who wore a mask with a message printed on it. A simple message. An, … Continue reading

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Labor Day 2020

Good Monday Morning! Happy Labor Day! I hope today is a break from the laborious grind of contemporary issues. You know the ones, no need to list them. According to the official website of the U.S. Government— “Labor Day, the … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of House

I recently started watching the television series, House M.D., starring Hugh Laurie. I realize I am late, it aired from 2004-2012, which makes it perfect for twenty-four hour syndication now. I started to watch episodes on my lunch break, ten … Continue reading

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Regrets, I have a few–

–but then again, does it count as a regret if it’s purely circumstantial remorse? I could have attended the Prince concert with friends in 2014. I didn’t go because I was ‘too busy’. And… I thought I’d have another chance. … Continue reading

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This.

You get it! You get me! You got me. This is why I am missing you. The outpouring of support in response to last week’s post was remarkable. THANK YOU. I was in a mood. I shared. Many of you … Continue reading

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Missing you.

Some days are harder than others. In general, yes, but especially lately. Hard has become the expected norm. I’m not okay with that. I’m so over the growing divide. How’s that for an optimistic visual?! Me, the bridge over the … Continue reading

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Games People Play

Sidebar: If you don’t have that song by Alan Parsons Project stuck in your head already, click here. Blog post: Binge TV is nothing new. Heck, I’ve already written about it several times. But with the COVID lockdown, there’s been … Continue reading

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How aren’t you?

Read that again, just in case. How aren’t you? Last week my post was titled, How are you? in that moment, I was well. Thanks for asking. I hope you were, too. This week I wonder, how aren’t you? It’s … Continue reading

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How are you?

“How are you?” he asked. How much time you got? I mean, I could easily provide a lengthy, challenging, and emotionally charged response, right? After a brief moment of contemplation and equally quick dismissal, I said, “I am well. Thanks … Continue reading

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