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Jan.27.2011
              We depart Tucson in a van at dawn—six tourists plus our Spanish-speaking, Norte Americano driver-guide and me, the writer. The van reaches Nogales, Arizona an hour later where a big smile is all that’s needed to cross into Mexico. Twenty minutes later at the military checkpoint we are...
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Jan.19.2011
Robert Adleman
Q: How can an author rate a film of his book? My employer, mentor and friend, Robert H. Adleman answered that question soon after the release of the 1968 movie, The Devil’s Brigade starring William Holden based on his nonfiction book of the same name. A: He can’t...
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Jan.12.2011
My wife and I had a lazy philanthropic regiment—annual hundred dollar checks to universities, animal welfare organizations, and Down syndrome societies. We bought Girl Scout cookies and added a dollar to our grocery bill for breast cancer research, and tucked a buck into the Salvation Army kettles...
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Jan.07.2011
Down But Never Out
Dang!               Has anyone seen my lost decade? I’ve misplaced it. It’s gotta be around here somewhere. Let me retrace my steps.              Hmmmm. Moved to Tucson in ’00. Started and finished a novel. Began writing Down But Never Out, flew back and forth to Philly a lot. Bought a place in...
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Nov.15.2010
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Let it be known, writing “5 Best Photo Opportunities in Tucson” for AOL Travel via RedRoom wasn’t simply an opportunity to see another byline. I love Tucson. My wife and I visited for vacation during New Year’s 1999-2000. She left for a bike ride and returned in a car driven by a Realtor. We looked...
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Oct.30.2010
"I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's great rewriters.I find that three or four readings are required to comb out the cliches, line up pronouns with their antecedents, and insure...
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Oct.28.2010
Hummingbird Review readers
Here's a link to The Hummingbird Review editors and contributors talking about the anthology and reading works from a recent issue which include Dances with Wolves author, Michael Blake. http://www.facebook.com/l/da809dChzjbDX-6_rtq4jYsWLWQ;WorldStreams.org www.worldstreams.org
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Oct.26.2010
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The Hummingbird Review Hummingbird Review publisher Charlie Redner (me) and editor Bob Yehling will be interviewed this Wednesday night, Oct. 27, on WorldStreams Radio. The one-hour special will be hosted by Said Leghlid and runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Pacific time. We'll be talking about the anthology,...
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Oct.25.2010
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The Hummingbird Review poets took over the Vista, California Library yesterday, (L,R) host Sunset Poets, Dick Eiden, Michael Blake, John Doe, Charles Redner, Jr. Charlie Redner, Alwyn Martin, and Bob Yehling.  We all broke a leg with style and panache.  
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Oct.18.2010
Poetry pose
Pinch me.  Me on the same program with Michael Blake. Academy Award winning author Michael Blake, 'Dances With Wolves' will be joining American Haiku magazine founder Don Eulert, Hummingbird Review editor Bob Yehling, poet Maggi DeRosa, short fictionist Alwyn Martin, and Hummingbird Review...
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Oct.15.2010
A few months ago, Michael Blake sent me a manuscript of his new book, Into the Stars about an American soldier during WW I who rescues a horse on the battlefield.  After I read it, I called Michael so impressed with his description of trench warfare.  I asked him where he found so much material on...
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Oct.10.2010
NEWS FLASH, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LITERARY FANS: 'Dances With Wolves' author Michael Blake will be joining American Haiku magazine founder Don Eulert, Hummingbird Review editor Bob Yehling, poet Maggi DeRosa, short fictionist Alwyn Martin and yours truly at the Hummingbird Review Poetry Revue Sunday...
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Oct.06.2010
Grandpa named her the Leilani.  She was a forty-four foot, sport fisher.  Wasn’t much to look at but she provided for our family’s livelihood for as long as I remember.            We fish the bountiful and beautiful Gulf of Mexico.            A tributary of the Picayune River curls around our...
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Sep.30.2010
SCRC Hummingbird Booth
Open Letter to Southern California Writers’ Conference staff: Simply put: YOU ARE THE GREATEST! (Sept 24-26) As an observer as well as an attendee, it is my strong belief that this (my 6th SOCAL Conf) was the best of the best. Thank you for the amazing opportunity to promote The Hummingbird Review...
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Sep.29.2010
Where oh where has everyone gone? Not to London town, for sure not looking the Mexican city of Leon. All seeking for a place with much more allure.     Not at my blog all bloated with wit. Absent from my website, where I dangle a hook. Not just home, no, no that’s not it but all, out there,...
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