The Importance of Words

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I have been quietly irritated with the prevailing “political correctness (PC)” movement for years.  I cannot be quiet any longer. This practice of “correcting” perfectly good words in the attempt to be more kind, considerate, and tolerant is soul-destroying.  There is a reason that” …In the beginning there was The Word…”, not some meaningless drivel […]

Star Wars The Force Awakens Rocks World–Why?

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Full disclosure:  I saw the very first movie of Star Wars.  Yes, I’m that old.  All three of my sons were taken to each new Star Wars movie the moment it came to our city.  My youngest remembers being very little indeed.  Christmas gifts were easy, unless you wanted a Darth Vader action figure, then […]

The Golden Rule

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When I was little, everyone knew The Golden Rule:  “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”  If there is anyone under the age of 35 who knows it now, they’ve most likely heard various “interpretations” of it, e. g., “do unto others before they can do unto you,” which are not […]

Writer’s Block and Why I Don’t Have It

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A writer I greatly admire complained recently on Facebook of writer’s block.  She asked for her writer friends to help, and I read most of their comments.  Most were encouraging, saying that they knew she’d be back writing soon.  Some facetious comments concerned taking turns nagging her to get with it.  No one asked why […]

The Squirrelification of Greed

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You may not know the word in the title:  I made it up.  Personification didn’t seem right when discussing the California ground squirrel (CGS) that has invaded my lovely Fortress of Solitude in Colorado. It is unusual for me to be shocked by greed exhibited in nature, but the California ground squirrel has done it. […]

How to Publicize Your Writing Without Losing Your Mind

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Ah, I’m afraid that title is somewhat misleading.  I’m not at all certain that it is possible to publicize your writing by yourself without losing your sanity, your creativity, and lots and lots of time. That little phrase “by yourself” is the key, here. Unless you want to devote all of your time and energy […]

The Girl in the Back of the Room

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I think I told you that I’ve always been fascinated with the pivotal year in a girl’s life, when she changes from a girl into a young woman?  Pretty sure I wrote a musings about that, so I thought you might like to see the cover of the book that resulted.  It will be out […]

Why I’ve Been Absent Without Leave

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I’ve been trying to get here to post something, but I’ve been rather busy:  1) I traveled to Colorado to get in some writing and painting time; 2) life’s little vagaries interfered with all but the traveling. So far, the new book, The Girl In the Back of the Room, is nearly ready for primetime, […]