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Just a Little Bit of Fun

Posted by mcm0704 on August 31, 2010 |

 As the summer winds down and school is starting for kids across the U.S., I thought it would be fun to take one last look at the challenges of summer vacation. This is another excerpt from my humorous memoir, A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck. Enjoy…… Those fun-packed summer days always made me wonder […]

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Book Review: The Protest Singer: Pete Seeger by Alec Wilkinson

Posted by mcm0704 on August 29, 2010 |

 Thanks to Carl Brookins for offering this review. This is a bit of a serendipitous occurrence considering just last night I revisited my love of the music of this era by performing some old Peter, Paul, and Mary songs at a Cabaret show, with two of my talented kids. I remember well the days of […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on August 27, 2010 |

First I want to acknowledge all my new followers. Glad to have you aboard and hope you find your visits worthwhile. A recent letter to the editor in the Dallas Morning News responded to the lack of civility in public discourse. The person wrote, “As repugnant as it can be sometimes, this country embraces freedom […]

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Do Politicians Think We’re Stupid?

Posted by mcm0704 on August 25, 2010 |

Actually, I think they do. Consider all the mis-steps, lies, shady dealings, and other nefarious activities associated with those in the political arena. How can they keep doing all that and still try to convince the general public that they deserve our trust and respect? The latest bit of shady-dealing news concerns Texas House of […]

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The Great Debate

Posted by mcm0704 on August 23, 2010 |

Unless you have been spending a lot of time on some remote desert island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, you must be aware of the debate that is going on over plans to build a mosque in New York City near Ground Zero. Those opposed say that it dishonors the memories of those […]

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Book Review – The Anteater of Death by Betty Webb

Posted by mcm0704 on August 22, 2010 |

Thanks to Carl Brookins for sharing his reviews…. The Anteater of DeathBy Betty WebbPoisoned Pen Press,December, 2008, Hard cover,230 pages, $24.95,ISBN:  9781590585603 This is the beginning of a new series for this veteran author.  Just look again at the title.  Somewhere in the back of my head there’s a Shakespeare quote.  Ms. Webb is an […]

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Lasting Relationships

Posted by mcm0704 on August 20, 2010 |

Sorry to disappoint everyone who popped over to read Friday’s Odds & Ends, but today is our wedding anniversary. I thought readers might enjoy finding out what has kept us together for 45 years. The following is another excerpt from my humorous memoir, A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck. While most of that book […]

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Driving Lessons

Posted by mcm0704 on August 18, 2010 |

Among the many lessons my father taught me were certain things about driving. First and foremost that driving was a privilege we should never take for granted. That may seem weird in our modern society when having a car is a given once one reaches a certain age, but it wasn’t then. My father also […]

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Book Review: On Deadly Ground by Michael Norman

Posted by mcm0704 on August 17, 2010 |

Thanks to Carl Brookins for sharing his reviews…. On Deadly Groundby Michael NormanISBN 978-59058-692-1Pub. By Poisoned Pen Press270 pages, Hard Cover, 2010 Michael Norman writes in a straight-forward kind of abrupt style that can be off-putting.  An almost endless march of short declarative sentences doesn’t allow for much rhythm or flexibility in approach.  Nevertheless, the […]

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Guest Post – Author Barri Bryan

Posted by mcm0704 on August 15, 2010 |

Please help me welcome Barri Bryan as she shares about… Images and Imagination I’m often asked where the inspiration came from for books I’ve written. Most of the time I can pinpoint a specific circumstance or event that inspired me. Occasionally I can’t. My inspiration for A Second Splendor is one of those rare occasions. […]

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