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Nov.17.2011
I'm so excited--here's a picture of my new book cover. coming soon from The Wild Rose Press! The galleys are sitting on my desk. :)  Just a matter of time!!
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Nov.17.2011
I'm so excited--here's a picture of my new book cover. coming soon from The Wild Rose Press! The galleys are sitting on my desk. :)  Just a matter of time!!
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Apr.06.2011
In my house, a man is dying. This man has spent months short of eighty years as a proud American, a fiscal conservative, a walker in the woods, an admirer of the sport of tennis, a card shark, a man with an appreciation for order and above all independence. He has been a husband, lover and father....
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Nov.08.2010
A Pennwriters group critique
I tried something new today. I opened myself to semi-public criticism at a site called The Page99 Test. I know a lot of writers who regularly post work at Internet writers' spaces for critique. They seem to be pleased with actual reader feedback, so it must work for them. Me, I have a small group...
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Oct.07.2010
Too late to be driving, I scold myself, eyes burning in the sudden flare of lights from the other lane. I am companioned by my sleeping child, a host of semi-trucks and those other drivers too stubborn to stop at a motel an hour or two from home.             I’ve driven this section of I-79 a...
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Oct.02.2010
Back when I was a reporter for the South Dade News Leader, I covered the religion beat. One of the first people I met was a little old woman with the unlikely name of Romaine Alexander. The catchphrase she often used was my title above: "Better, better and better." She lived her life by...
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Sep.23.2010
When taking a family vacation in Pittsburgh with kids, you'll find a variety of things to do that will keep everyone entertained.  Pittsburgh's museums are nationally recognized for their collections and for their diversity. All of them provide heaps of things to do in Pittsburgh with kids. Pick...
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Sep.02.2010
Summer-time has turned the star-wheel,autumn is upon us. from Hymn #73, Chant of the Seasons, Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian hymnal As September comes, so goes summer. It's all right with me. I like fall, actually, the smoky smell of leaves and the bright and beautiful colors of maple...
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Aug.09.2010
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All my life, I've wanted to be a novelist. From the time I sat in the window seat of an Indiana farmhouse and wrote a blow by blow description of my cat chasing down and eating a mouse, other people have commented on my work and how they liked it. As you read this, I am a novelist. Not a newspaper...
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Apr.22.2010
Monday morning I found this in my email:   BARBARA:  We have read your manuscript, TAKE ME ALIVE, and would very much like to contract it. There are a few minor point-of-view (POV) issues, but those will be easy toaddress.  In fact, I have already marked and edited most of them, as I readthe...
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Apr.11.2010
Recently I expanded my writing goals in response to a couple of opportunities that cropped up, just to see what would happen. Normally, I write novels. Period. I'm not great at poetry, even though it's a lot shorter, because I think it's so difficult. See here. I've written short stories from...
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Mar.16.2010
Every year as the excitement for the NCAA basketball wars heats up, so too, does the push for fun and funding at Sierra Nevada Journeys, an environmental camp near Lake Tahoe. My daughter B is currently Director of Community Partnerships at SNJ, having moved up through many different...
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Feb.22.2010
This weekend I found out I’d been given an award, over at the Polka Dot Banner –I’m a star author!! This is very exciting, as it’s awarded for the books that I have posted there, including the Cup of Comfort books for Divorced Women and Adoptive Families, which each have a story of mine in them,...
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Sep.01.2009
Learning is about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it is also crucial to unlearn old knowledge that has outlived its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning. –Gary Ryan Blair ( Mind Munchies: A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!) I spent...
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Aug.13.2009
 I need a hero I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the morning light He’s gotta be sure And it’s gotta be soon And he’s gotta be larger than life  (Bonnie Tyler)  One of the devices I've been using lately to deepen my writing is to watch movies/television and study certain types of characters. This...
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