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Your Holiday Hit Parade

Maybe you saw this post two years ago.  Maybe not. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it has the spirit of Christmas but without either the pressure of giving gifts or the concerns about religion.  By concerns, I mean worrying about whether you should say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or “Bring on the Winter…

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Writing 4.0 – “So, what do you write?”

Have you been asked that question?  “So, what do you write?”   It’s not good enough to simply reply with, “Stories.”  To ask what one writes is a perfectly legitimate question.  However, while it shows one’s interest in me as a writer, I have always feared this question because I never had what I believed was…

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Writing 3.9 – Quotes, Italics, and Underlines

There are several reasons why many writers are confused about when a title should be quoted, italicized, or underlined.  One reason is generational, meaning that some writers who are younger are at a disadvantage – or my advanced age provides me with an advantage.  What you might not know is that two of those three options…

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Facts on Ferguson

Everyone at one time or another has experienced a battle between what we will call your “head” and your “heart.”  There are times when most of us can justify the use of one over the other, and we can also justify disagreeing with opposing views.  However, when it comes to the law, the “head” and…

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More One-Minute Book Reviews

Five more books that I have read, or at least attempted to read in the past few months.    Rather Outspoken – Dan Rather Why doesn’t Dan Rather get the respect that he deserves for all of his years in the news business?  Why was he chased out of the business way too soon?  I…

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Hey, Hyphenate This!

I’m not 100% liberal, but I lean far more left than right.  Probably what keeps me off the liberal top 10 list is that I’m okay with the death penalty in certain circumstances.  Items on my liberal agenda include legalizing marijuana, believing in global warming, pro-choice, equal pay for equal work, the Affordable Care Act,…

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Writing 3.8 – Writer and Wronger

Some of you who have been following and reading, and stalking, for a while might remember a series of posts in which I examined common grammar and punctuation errors.  At first, it was done rather straightforward, but then it got out of hand.  I was illustrating errors with pictures of women puking in the streets…

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Writing 3.7 – Writer’s Block

Everyone wants to not discuss writer’s block, including me.  For many years I couldn’t understand why anyone actually experienced it.  I had always assumed it was just poor planning until I was recently up against it myself.  The good news about writer’s block is that it’s very easy to work through it.  The bad news…

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One-Minute Book Reviews

I read books.  No, actually, I “hear” books on CD while driving to and from work and other places.  Your average book on CD is about 10 discs, and your average disc is about an hour and ten minutes long.  Based on that, it takes me about a week to finish a book.  I especially…

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The Tire Swing

About two and a half years ago, I stumbled on a blog post in which an author displayed her book cover and invited others to use it as a picture prompt.  It was a great way to drive traffic to her site for both her blog and book, but it also gave me an idea for…