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What Are Your Writing Habits? – Writing Basics

We all have hundreds of habits that make each of us unique. And authors may have more habits than the average person. During one of my visits to a middle school I was asked the following question(s): Do you have any unusual writing habits? Do you handwrite or type your stories? Since this is a [...]

By | 2019-01-24T06:30:48+00:00 January 24th, 2019|Writing Basics|0 Comments

The Colors of All The Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith (Book Review)

“I can’t promise anything—but I shall do my best.”  This is the campaign slogan that Mma Precious Ramotswe uses in her bid for a seat on the Gaborone City Council. She is doing this against her better judgement, having been coerced into the political arena by her friends Mma Potokwane, Mma Makutsi, and Rra Polopetsi. [...]

By | 2019-01-21T18:43:24+00:00 January 21st, 2019|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button?

While browsing through Facebook this morning, I came across a photo of an old button box. This brought to mind a chapter from my Valley Memories book. I'd like to share that chapter here with you. It originally appeared as a news column in 2008. If you enjoy this trip down memory lane, be sure [...]

By | 2019-01-14T14:59:30+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Valley Memories Articles|2 Comments

What Should I Write? – Writing Basics

I am often asked about the mechanics of writing by new authors. These questions usually come from writers I am mentoring; on several occasions I've been asked profound questions by middle school students who are also interested in the art of writing. And sometimes my answers surprise me in that I actually sound like I [...]

By | 2019-01-09T20:58:00+00:00 January 9th, 2019|Writing Basics|0 Comments

Lighting the Way by Liza DeStefano (Book Review)

Lighting The Way is the second collection of inspirational poems in the Wings of My Heart series by poet and author Liza DeStefano. Ms. DeStefano’s poetry is inspired by the passing of her father in early 2018 (Wings of My Heart) and moves forward through her period of mourning (Lighting The Way). With the additional loss [...]

By | 2019-01-06T17:35:18+00:00 January 6th, 2019|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Call Me Freddie

As we leave 2018 behind us and prepare to leave welcome 2019, I want to share with you a short story written Father Patrick O'Doherty, Pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, FL. This is my parish and I look forward every week to hearing Father O'Doherty bring the Gospel alive. This story is [...]

By | 2018-12-31T18:51:52+00:00 December 31st, 2018|Father O'Doherty, General Observations|0 Comments

Live Long And…What I Learned Along The Way by William Shatner

William Shatner seems to have led a charmed life. But if you listen closely to his words in Live Long And… you’ll understand that charmed is not how he describes his life. Having had a fright from cancer (he conquered it), Mr. Shatner has opened his heart to his fans and tells of the trials [...]

By | 2018-12-24T18:39:34+00:00 December 24th, 2018|Book Reviews|0 Comments

YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts (Book Review)

With her latest trilogy, Nora Roberts enters the post-apocalyptic genre. YEAR ONE is the first book of Chronicles of The One. The story begins in Scotland where the MacCloud family is having their holiday reunion at the family farm. While there, one of the revelers is taken ill after having drunk too much the previous [...]

By | 2018-12-24T17:59:59+00:00 December 24th, 2018|Book Reviews|0 Comments