Author Archives: Julie Stroebel Barichello

Dear Opossums, I owe you an apology

Even though opossums are fierce on the surface (I have to confess it’s a little off-putting when you’re in close quarters with a hissing ‘possum who seems to unhinge its entire face when it opens its mouth), they get an unnecessarily bad reputation. Continue reading

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A Spot of Childhood Still Exists

In December 1992, I was given a very special task: I got to help Mom wrap a Christmas present for my older sister, Jenny. In July of that year, Disney released the VHS cassette of “101 Dalmatians.” Unbeknownst to me … Continue reading

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The power and importance of constructive criticism

When I finished writing my second novel in seventh grade, I was appalled at the idea of an editor suggesting changes to my masterpiece. “I’m never going to let an editor change my work,” I vowed back then. Erm … … Continue reading

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The woe behind one pink line

As a writer, I love words. I love letters and combining them to build meaning. But there are four letters I don’t like when arranged in a certain order. PCOS. The acronym doesn’t roll off the tongue. It’s an unpronounceable … Continue reading

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New year, same old story

2018 is already more than a week old. Meanwhile, I’m blinking and flabbergasted, wondering, “Where is the time going?” A year ago, I set a goal to finish writing “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” within the 365-day time frame of … Continue reading

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A day at the American Writers Museum

Writers and readers alike, rejoice! Chicago is home to a new museum tailored just for us. The husband and I spent Thursday afternoon absorbing the halls and galleries of the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave. An elevator ride … Continue reading

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Home is where the literary link is

A few weeks ago, I had a visit from Susan. Susan grew up in the house my husband and I bought in April. She was visiting Illinois (she now lives in California) and asked if she could drop in to … Continue reading

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