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Christmas Forever

Tweet I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take down our Christmas tree just yet.  And I keep seeing neat things people I care about would enjoy, and since the wrappings are still out upstairs, I figure why not one … Continue reading

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Black Like Me

Tweet A number of years ago, after my husband had been out of work for an entire year, Christmas looked bleak. I had $20 to spend—and that included getting a Christmas tree. I found a cheap tree, and went shopping for my children, … Continue reading

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Finding Your Character

Tweet Yesterday at church a fellow told me, “I’m writing a novel.”  Before I had time to congratulate him, he said, “Only problem is, I don’t have a main  character.” Hmmm.  That is a problem.  Since it’s your main character’s central conflict that will fuel your story … 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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On My Way to Sesame Street

Tweet Last month, Sesame Street was brought to me by the letter W–as in WOW! It was slick and refurbished, and it was on HBO.  I was so disappointed. I remember those first Sesame Street shows.  I sat with my baby daughter on my lap–and … Continue reading

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The Most Fun Book Club Meeting Ever!

Tweet My husband and I belong to a great book club.  Most of the members are either editors or educators–a bit of a tough crowd.  And this month we were reading a tough book: Misquoting Jesus.  We had a good and hearty discussion, topped … Continue reading

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Be Careful Little Lips What You Say

Tweet It would seem that The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven did no such thing. The book did, however, earn his father a truckload of money. And even though 16-year-old Alex Malarky, co-author and subject of the book, insists … Continue reading

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Lessons From a Busy, Busy Baby~

Tweet I may be an old dog, but fortunately I have grandbabies who know all the new tricks! Take three-month-old CC, for instance. She gets up bright eyed in the morning and starts her day break-dancing.  What a kid! But she knows when to … Continue reading

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Social Media, Writing, Slavery and Me

Tweet Okay, let’s face it.  I’m an old dog, and social media is a new trick.  It looks interesting, fun, and potentially profitable.  But so does a squeaky toy and a nice long snooze in the sun. Still, I’m fast being … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens Knows Me!

Tweet It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.  It is the age of mass knowledge, it is the age of foolishness.  It is the epoch of belief, it is the epoch of incredulity.  It is … Continue reading

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