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Aug.03.2013
Tuesday was the worst day of my life. My father died suddenly and unexpectedly at my house early Tuesday afternoon. I got home from a meeting to find my parents at my house. Dad was mowing my yard for me, which he’s done often and is really appreciated. However, shortly after noon, he sat down...
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Jun.24.2013
I’ve written about our ghost we’ve named Zachary before on my WordPress site. I now have an update. It appears that we do indeed live in a haunted house and we may have multiple ghosts. The paranormal team we got to investigate our house came by two nights ago with their evidence. The stories they...
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May.12.2013
Whew! I finally finished this 850 page beast of a book. There is so much there, it’s so packed with information, that it’s hard to recall everything one would want to include in a review. Philip Norman did an outstanding job of going through documents, media, and interviewing everyone under the...
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May.02.2013
I wrote these words on April 14: Gretchen and I got married last Saturday, April 6th. It was beautiful out — a perfect day for a wedding. Our wedding was at 5 PM at our tiny Episcopalian church we attend. My father was my best man. Gretchen’s best friend, Cindy, was her matron of honor. We had...
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Apr.24.2013
I wrote these words on April 2, 2013: I’m getting married this coming Saturday to the love of my life, Gretchen. We’ve been together for awhile now and have been living together since August 2011. We met online on a blogging site in 2004. We’re a really good fit and we’re both very excited about...
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Jul.01.2011
I’ve just finally got to speak up about a topic I first noticed popping up online here several years ago, and I’ve seen this topic and this issue and these people I’m about to address become more and more common everywhere I go online, no matter what blogging site or on Twitter or FB, Xanga,...
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Jun.13.2011
I have been serving as the poetry editor for an online literary journal called Ray's Road Review (http://raysroadreview.com/) since March. And I've been having a blast!  While I have been a professional poet, writer and author for close to 25 years, I have also had the pleasure of being founder and...
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Jun.10.2010
As you know by now, I'm a longtime Authors Guild member.  This message from the Guild is astonishing and could conceivably impact many writers.  Read on.  John Wiley & Sons acquired Bloomberg Press, the books division of Bloomberg, in March. At the end of April, it began sending a letter to...
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Feb.18.2010
WhoMovedMyBuyButton.com
Here's another message from the Authors Guild. The Authors Guild is pleased to announce the launch of WhoMovedMyBuyButton.com, which is now live in fully-functional beta form.  Who Moved My Buy Button? allows authors to keep track of whether Amazon has removed the "buy buttons" from any...
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Feb.12.2010
As you know, I am a longtime Authors Guild member.  I recently received this email about the Google book project settlement.  Interesting reading, and I encourage you to peruse it. As you may be reading in today's paper, the Justice Department in its filing regarding our settlement with Google...
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Jan.12.2010
 As a longtime member of the Authors Guild, I've been following the Guild's legal case against Google's book project with eagerness.  I truly have mixed feelings about the outcome thus far.  Indeed, I'm not overly pleased.  That said, at least something's been done. This email message was sent to...
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Dec.21.2009
Submissions for PEN USA's 2010 Literary Awards are still open. Please see the submission form available on the website at http://penusa.org/awards/submit. If you have any questions, please contact awards@penusa.org.  PEN Center USA’s Annual...
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Nov.15.2009
I have long been a huge fan of Charles Bukowski.  Indeed, I've rarely -- if ever -- met a bigger fan, although I'm sure such exists.  I have a number of books, and a Bukowski t-shirt, he personally autographed for me when he was alive and we were corresponding.  When he died in March 1994, I was...
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Nov.06.2009
My favorite bookstore.  Gosh, where to start?  I guess I’ll start at the top (my top, at least). I grew up admiring the Beats.  I seriously dug Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs and the others, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti especially spoke to me.  Thus, as an avid reader, I read about Ferlinghetti opening...
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Oct.06.2009
I last wrote about my wife, Jennifer, and I celebrating our sixth anniversary in Asheville, NC.  That was close to a month ago.  I ended the blog post about my wife getting a giant migraine, thus ending the fun times on a difficult note.  Well, read on. My wife got worse, if that's possible.  Her...
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