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Dec.07.2010
Got my thumb pricked doing an AIDS test with Zimbabwean celebrities on World AIDS Day
If you’re thinking about gifts for yourself or others this holiday season, you might want to look at some of my books. Remember, reading is FUNdamental.  There’s nothing that can beat a good read on a cold winter evening, and it doesn't matter if you're reading the paper kind, or on one of those...
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Nov.12.2010
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Freedom of speech; now there’s an interesting, but oft-misunderstood concept.  Just what is it, and how far does it go?  Does one have a right, for instance, to shout ‘fire!’ in a crowded theater?  The U.S. Constitution provides that Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech, yet the...
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Oct.30.2010
If you want to start a war, just mess with one of any number of favorite myths that Texans cling to.  Especially any that relate to San Antonio, the most mythunderstood city in the state. I have always been a student of history, and the history of this fabled city has always fascinated me, so I...
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Oct.22.2010
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I never win anything; if I’d bet on the tortoise, the hare would have won.  People hate to go to the race track with me.  When I place a bet on a sure-fire winner, guaranteed to pay off, the horse comes up lame in the stretch.When I go to Vegas, I take in all the shows, because there’s this cloud...
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Sep.01.2010
Summer, oh sweet, sultry summer; how I do so love you.  A part of me will miss you as you fade into fall.  Another part of me, though, loathes you and will not shed a tear as your last day slips quietly into the brisk cool of autumn.Well you might ask how I can hold such diametrically opposed...
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Jul.29.2010
I’ve heard it said that babies have memories of the time in the womb, or the moment of birth.  I guess I have a deficient memory gene, because as hard as I try, I don’t recall, and as the first person in my family to be born in a hospital, it would be nice if I could.  I also don’t recall learning...
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Jul.27.2010
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Jul.16.2010
I've been adding to the adventures of Louis Dumkowski in my 'Postal' series of short stories - now up to four and working on a fifth.  For a change of pace, I tried my hand at a western and a coming of age relationship piece (with a bit of dialect).  Ghost Riders (http://www.fictionwritersplatform....
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Jul.13.2010
My fantasy humor novel, Angel on His Shoulder, which was originally published as an e-book at http://www.lebrary.com, is now available in paperback for those who like to hold books in their hand.  The link is http://www.amazon.com/Angel-His-Shoulder-Charles-Ray/dp/1453647805/.  Anyone who reads it...
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Jul.05.2010
I recently decided to try my hand at short fiction.  I've written a couple of short stories, but they hadn't really clicked with readers.  Then, I discovered FictionWritersPlatform.net, and at the same time, had on a whim entered a mystery short story contest.  My entry, "Dead Letter,"...
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Jul.02.2010
When you’ve been writing for as long as I have (my first piece was published in 1958 when I won a national Sunday school magazine short story contest), there is a dangerous tendency to think you know all you need to know, and it’s only necessary to come up with brilliant ideas.  Well, just when you...
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Jun.09.2010
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I'm not a mom, obviously, but I found a web site devoted to advice to mothers that I have been quite impressed with.  I am one of few male participants in this virtual community devoted to answering some of the perplexing questions that new and veteran moms (and dads) have about raising kids. ...
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Jun.09.2010
Getting old ain't so bad.  Truly, it really isn't.  Okay, there I've garbled my grammar in the very first sentence, and that's one of the joys of aging - you can get away with the most outrageous things. When I was a kid, I thought people in their forties were ancient, and never could envision...
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May.27.2010
“What’s love got to do with it?” are the words in one of my favorite songs, sung by one of my favorite singers, Tina Turner.  Well, I’d like to start this missive with the following question, “What’s luck got to do with it?”  My friends; the answer to that question is – “EVERYTHING.”   All you...
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May.21.2010
As a child, and then a young man, growing up on a small – and, I mean REALLY SMALL – farm in East Texas, I spent a lot of time listening to the radio.  When I was twelve, I started working full-time at night after school and basketball, and the radio was the only thing that kept me going. I...
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