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The Parable of CC, Grandpa, and the Puppy

Tweet Once upon a  time on a hot, hot summer day, a tiny girl named CC found a tiny puppy with a wiggly tail.  But CC couldn’t play with the puppy because he was on one side of the fence and she … Continue reading

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Modern Slavery? New Tallies

Tweet Every time I write about modern day slavery, I get comments and emails from people who think the whole idea is phony.  The last post got this comment: “What  you call modern day slavery is only another name for something to stir us … Continue reading

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Shells to Remember By

Tweet Last night Dan and I watched a TV show about America’s battle with Japan in World War II. I had mixed feelings about it.  War is already too much on my mind. Both Dan and I have edited the memoirs of men and women whose lives … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gift of a Lifetime

Tweet When I was growing up, my bother and sisters and I chipped in our money and got my mom a corsage to wear to church on Mother’s Day. She always said, “Oh, you shouldn’t waste your money on flowers!” … Continue reading

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Micro-Biography Revisited

Tweet I’ve had a number of requests to revisit a post I wrote several years ago, when my book The Second-Half Adventure was first released.  It’s a topic I really believed in then and still do today.  I look forward to your comments: For … Continue reading

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Of Presidents and Kings, and Roses and Thorns

Tweet Remember those old-timey shows where a hand comes on the screen and tears pages off a one-day-at-a-time calendar?  Well, that’s how I feel about this election year.  Slowly, steadily, I am tossing away the days of my life until…. something. Who knows … Continue reading

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When The Tax Man Bringeth

Tweet Who loves tax day?  Neither you nor I. But when a refund comes my way, I really, really try.  This year, I’m not focusing on how much I owe the IRS.  I’m not steaming over how the government will use my money.  … Continue reading

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Thank you, Nicholas Kristof

Tweet You know that feeling when you read something so right you wish you wrote it?  Something well thought out, that expresses your thoughts just as you would have if you could write as well? Nicholas Kristoff, syndicated columnist for The … Continue reading

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Shrimp Slaves

Tweet Shrimp cocktail?  Yum! A good shrimp salad? Double yum! Or maybe not.  The Thai seafood industry supplies most of the shrimp we eat, and it is partly operated with slave labor.  Many of these slaves are kidnapped from Burma (Myanmar), then sold … Continue reading

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Storytellers, For Better or For Worse

Tweet First and foremost, I am a storyteller.  But then, what writer isn’t?  And not only fiction writers, either. For instance, the best way to write about 21st century slavery is to tell a story: Little Jaya was born into a poverty-stricken family in rural … Continue reading

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