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Remembering on Memorial Day

Posted by mcm0704 on May 31, 2010 |

I come from a long line of military men on my father’s side. In a little cemetery in Fairmont, West Virginia there are headstones for a number of Van Gilder men who served in the U.S. military, going back to the Revolutionary War. I had the opportunity to go that cemetery a few years ago […]

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Guest Kenneth Weene

Posted by mcm0704 on May 29, 2010 |

Hi, I’m Ken Weene and I am happy to be a guest here on Maryann’s blog to tell you a little about my latest book, Memoirs From the Asylum. There are many ways to discuss mental illness. Some authorities focus on the biological – such things as neurotransmitters, medications, and genetics. Others use psychology, which […]

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Guest Coming Tomorrow

Posted by mcm0704 on May 28, 2010 |

Tomorrow I will have a guest blogger, Kenneth Weene, who will introduce readers to his latest book, Memoirs From the Asylum. I have not yet read his book, but the few excerpts I’ve read have me intrigued. Here is a SAMPLE from American Chronicle, where Ken was a guest blogger on May 14th. Kenneth Weene […]

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Please Keep the Libraries

Posted by mcm0704 on May 27, 2010 |

The latest news from the city of Dallas indicates that the city is ready to cut library services and staff to meet a $130 million budget gap. The proposed cutbacks would slash hours at the central library in downtown from 44 to 24 hours a week . Branch libraries could also see a reduction by […]

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A Fine Mess

Posted by mcm0704 on May 25, 2010 |

All the news about the gulf oil spill brings to mind a signature line from old Laurel & Hardy routines, “It’s a fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Ollie.” Stan Laurel would say that to Oliver Hardy when they had blundered into something totally ridiculous and the audience would roar with laughter. But “It’s a […]

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The Importance of History

Posted by mcm0704 on May 23, 2010 |

We live in such a fast-paced world that sometimes we forget how important it is to look back on where we came from. History is so important so we can know what has shaped us as people, as society, as a country, and as a world. How can we possibly understand people from a different […]

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Fixing Financial Woes

Posted by mcm0704 on May 21, 2010 |

I read this news item today: Prodded by national anger at Wall Street, the Senate on Thursday passed the most far-reaching restraints on big banks since the Great Depression. In its broad sweep, the massive bill would touch Wall Street CEOs and first-time homebuyers, high-flying traders and small town lenders. This is a good first […]

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Book Review – A Journey to Die For

Posted by mcm0704 on May 20, 2010 |

A Journey to Die ForBy Radine Trees NehringISBN 978-1-60364-020-6Wolfmont Press, trade paper296 pg., May 2010 Here’s a good example, if readers still need one, of a crime novel that fits comfortably into the fine tradition of fiction that relies on good writing, a fine plot, odd and usual suspects, and an interesting setting. The author […]

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Swimming Does Count as Bathing

Posted by mcm0704 on May 18, 2010 |

Since school will be ending soon for summer vacation I thought this excerpt from my memoir, A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck, most appropriate. This is from the chapter titled: Summertime Blues, Swimming Does Count as Bathing. Enjoy…. Once all the kids were in school full time, summer time took on a whole new […]

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Teachers Who Made a Difference

Posted by mcm0704 on May 16, 2010 |

Kathleen Parker, a Washington Post columnist, and recent Pulitzer Prize winner — way to go, Kathleen — attributed some of her success to a special teacher she had in high school. In her column on April 15h, she told the story of Mr. Gasque, her high school English teacher. Kathleen had been called on in […]

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