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Gift Writing

What was your favorite Christmas gift as a child? Growing up in a home where my parents had seven to nine mouths to feed at any given time—by the time the last child was born the oldest had left home—and with a very a limited budget, holidays were difficult at times....

STOP building that social platform. DO this first.

STOP the presses. Forget those social platforms. There’s something else you need to do first to build your readership.       In the last blog, I shared about how writers build a body with our God-given imagination. We create individuals, families and perhaps a romance...

Build a Body

Everyone has creativity. It’s built into our DNA. Analytical types focus on mathematical equations or scientific discoveries, things that are innovative at their core. Others paint, act, dance or sing, because their genetic makeup pushes them toward the arts. Like...

Water on the brain

Water comes in three forms: solid, liquid and gas. As a writer I can go through all three states within minutes as I stare at my computer trying to create a complete sentence.     Not just any sentence. One that might inspire or evoke an emotional response. A whole...

Facebook and Aging

For the past few years, I have been moaning about getting older. Someone should have warned me about the plethora of unexpected emotional, physical and mental changes that occur. If nothing else, I would have appreciated a small hint about the process.     Maybe I...

A Wallet and Mother Theresa

I stood by a van emitting the delectable scent of roast pork sandwiches smothered with applesauce. As I waited for my order, a wheelchair-bound, elderly man rolled up beside me, his mouth slightly askew as if he’d suffered a stroke.     “Where are you from?” he asked....

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