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Writing That Changes the World

Tweet You hear the news of the day.  It upsets you so much, you want to do something!  But what?  Can writing really make a difference? If we could ask Harriet Beecher Stowe that question, she would point you to her … Continue reading

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All Created Equal

Tweet Sneak a peek at book 3 of my Grace in Africa trilogy (The Triumph of Grace) and you will see the appearance of a familiar document that turns the whole plot upside down—our country’s  Declaration of Independence. An editor … Continue reading

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Of Writing and Genre and Such

Tweet Question from Reader Anne:  “What are the boundaries of fiction genre?  Are they set in stone?” Good question, Anne.  When I first started writing, genre boundaries were absolutely clear.  Historical was historical, romance was romance, contemporary was contemporary.  And religious was … Continue reading

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Of Militants and Hope

Tweet What? Hindu militants and Buddhist terrorists?  That can’t be!  Not those saffron-clad folks.  Everyone knows they are tolerant pacifists. Well, yes. But there are also those machete-wielding India is for Hindus militants, intent on wiping out Christianity in India.  And most recently, a faction of Buddhist monks … Continue reading

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By Any Other Name?

Tweet A series of psychological studies has discovered what every teacher and every fiction writer already knew: names matter.  A lot. Don’t listen to those celebrities who borrow names willy nilly from the grocery store (Apple, Thyme, Peaches Honeyblossom) or from … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Countries

Tweet Poor Africa. Even when it booms, it suffers. You’d think that with a regional economy growth second only to Asia, the future would look rosy for the continent. (Yes, continent. Africa is not a country.  It’s a huge continent.) … Continue reading

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You Go, Cat!

Tweet My dad’s cat has a strong arm and a mind of its own.  When he (the cat decides he wants to roam, he goes over to the door, stands up on his back legs, stretches high, and opens the door. … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, Freedom for all!

Tweet January 1, 2013, marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Read and feel justifiably proud: The Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. Whereas, on the twenty-second day of … Continue reading

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5 Reasons To Spend the Day at a Booksigning

Tweet On Saturday, I joined 34 other Oregon authors for the 13th annual Authors’ Fair.  Each of us shared a table with one other author. I stacked up my latest writing–two fiction trilogies, Grace in Africa and Blessings in India–and … Continue reading

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Of Politics and Kings

Tweet Okay, folks, it has actually happened.  The government voted overwhelmingly to scrap the Senate and abolish the House.  Yep, to throw the whole bunch out.  It was too expensive, they said.  Not worth the cost.  Besides, they never really … Continue reading

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