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Book Clubs & Binge Watching

I recently did two things I seldom do - cleaned out drawers and closets and binge watched a series on Hulu. As I mindlessly watched the series and pulled socks from my daughter's drawer that fit a two-year-old, this is a big reveal on my part because she is nearly a teen, I discovered more… Continue reading Book Clubs & Binge Watching

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A Known Place that Remembers the “Unknown”

​​ My son working on a book video for “Jumpin’ the Rails!” – a school project – at the historic Fort Tyler Cemetery.  He found that fifty-seven Union and Confederate graves were marked as “Unknown April 16, 1865.”  The reenactments, monuments and retold stories become real at this spot where 76 of the veterans are… Continue reading A Known Place that Remembers the “Unknown”

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Independence & A Perfect Union

My family's greatest hardship on the Fourth of July is most likely the time spent retreating from the fireworks displays. The big displays take hours to exit. In the past, before we learned our lesson, we'd sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic in our air-conditioned car. We were tired, starting to get hungry and someone had to… Continue reading Independence & A Perfect Union

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What is Black & White and Read all Over? Jumpin’ the Rails!

  Once we accept our limits we go beyond them.—Albert Einstein Einstein’s life story serves as a wonderful reminder that we are capable of going beyond the limits set by others and sometimes ourselves!  Minutes after I received news that my novel went to press you’ll not believe who came to my door—the great-great granddaughter of… Continue reading What is Black & White and Read all Over? Jumpin’ the Rails!

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The Editor’s Pen like the Surgeon’s Knife Brings Health to the Body

"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke." - Arthur Plotnik – The Elements of Editing I knew about editing. I’d taken JM 101 - three months of rules on writing and editing -- a required course… Continue reading The Editor’s Pen like the Surgeon’s Knife Brings Health to the Body