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Oh, How I Hate Harvey – Part 1

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Featured, John's Blog | 2 comments

Oh, How I Hate Harvey – Part 1

    Life was good. Retirement to a beach community. Making new friends and experiencing life in a new town. We’d walk the dogs several times a week along the beach front. We were enjoying our new church family. As I said, life was good. Then came Harvey. Life changed overnight. We went to bed Wednesday night with Harvey a mere tropical storm. Then it got stronger, uglier and meaner. It morphed from tropical storm status to Cat 1, then from Cat 1 to Cat 2. Thursday morning, with threats of the storm not only growing stronger but most...

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GOING THROUGH HORROR WITH GRACE

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in John's Blog | Comments Off on GOING THROUGH HORROR WITH GRACE

GOING THROUGH HORROR WITH GRACE

To finish off 2015 and to roll right into 2016, I’ve been reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Though there are some things I disagree with her and many I do, one line really stood out for me: going through horror with grace. That phrase made me stop reading. I halted dead in my tracks and stared at those words. Granted, this is  not something a writer wants his or her reader to do. But there are exceptions and this is one of them. The phrase reached out of the book and grabbed me by the throat. I had to pause and consider the deep meaning...

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The Writer’s Guide to Psychology

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Book Related, Book Reviews, John's Blog | Comments Off on The Writer’s Guide to Psychology

Title: The Writer's Guide to Psychology Author: Carolyn Kaufman, Psy.D. Genre: Writer's' How-to, Psychology Publisher: Quill Driver Books Pages: 234 Myth busting facts in the field of psychology. How to write accurately about psychological disorders, clinical treatment and human behavior. Writers struggle to “get it right.” We don’t want to make blatant errors like shells ejecting from a revolver (they can’t) or our character driving a 1968 Chevy Vega (they weren’t available until 1970). The late Carolyn Kaufman, Psy.D. assists...

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Chasing My Own Butterfly by Jayme H. Mansfield

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Featured, John's Blog | Comments Off on Finding God’s Presence ~ Chasing My Own Butterfly by Jayme H. Mansfield

Finding God’s Presence ~ Chasing My Own Butterfly by Jayme H. Mansfield

by Jayme H. Mansfield I’m convinced book clubs are really like fields of wild flowers. Each reader tosses out individual seeds—reflections, insights, questions, ponderings, musings… And then, over the course of the gathering, a beautiful and wildly colored display takes root and grows. Each “gardener” has added a unique element to the design, texture, scent, and flavor of the event. So, when I’ve been asked what I enjoy about being a published author, one of the best and unexpected outcomes has been the opportunity to attend book clubs to...

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The Torah and Rabbi Jesus

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in John's Blog | Comments Off on The Torah and Rabbi Jesus

The Torah and Rabbi Jesus

While reading the Bible, the student of scripture will discover so-called “difficult passages” or “hard sayings” which appear troublesome to the modern reader. The 21st Century Christian reads these verses while scratching his head. Instead of awesome inspiration from God, we end up with a “Say what?” This true in both Testaments. In the New Testament, the modern Christian stumbles over the some of the  sayings of Jesus. Sometimes it’s like, “Jesus, what were you thinking saying that.” What it all amounts to is perspective....

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Do I Have Voice?

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Featured, John's Blog | Comments Off on Do I Have Voice?

Do I Have Voice?

Recently, a member of a writers group I attend asked the question:  “Have any of you ever had trouble trying to find your voice?” Several answers came back with the idea that it was some  kind of mystical element of writing, unknown to newer writers, and sworn to secrecy by published writers. It seems that only editors and agents really know. And they ain’t telling. A writer often faces this esoteric word. We’re told we have to find our voice as if we could load up a backpack and head off into the wilderness. We read writing magazines and...

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The American Southwest Desert

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in John's Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The American Southwest Desert

The American Southwest Desert

Say the word desert and images of sands dunes radiating heat, or cactus and other prickly plants hiding rattlesnakes and roadrunners, or camels and Bedouin camps come to mind. The one word that best fits is “dry.” The American Southwest Desert contains four distinct deserts: The Chihuahua Desert The Great Basin Desert The Mojave Desert The Sonoran Desert The Chihuahua Desert covers parts of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. With cool winters and scorching summers, the area receives less than 10” of rain a year. Mexican Dray Wolves still inhabit...

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Five Points to a Great Blog

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in John's Blog | 3 comments

Five Points to a Great Blog

Emerging writers are advised to have a presence on the internet. Not bad advice. One of the ways they can help their brand, is to have a creative blog. Building a blog can be a slow process, yet it also provides a writer with a chance to send their muse into another direction for a short period. A chance to write on something else might just help spur on that current project. Okay, great. What’s in a great blog? Here are a five points to consider when writing a blog: Have a lead-in, a main body that expands on the lead-in and a conclusion. To...

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