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A Bit of Humor

Posted by mcm0704 on September 29, 2010 |

This is another excerpt from my humorous memoir, A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck. This is from the chapter: WHAT’S FOR DINNER? Or, Mutiny of the Midgets. Enjoy…. There are certain words and phrases in the English language, dirty words aside, that are guaranteed to disrupt the otherwise peaceful existence of any mother and […]

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Bullies

Posted by mcm0704 on September 27, 2010 |

They call it bullying, but it is so much more than that. I’m talking about a current trend of social ostracizing that is at the center of the new film, “Mean Girls.” We had bullies when I was in school, back in the age of the dinosaurs according to my kids who never wanted to […]

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Book Review – Vermilion Drift By William Kent Krueger

Posted by mcm0704 on September 26, 2010 |

Thanks to Carl Brookins for sharing this review. Vermilion DriftBy William Kent KruegerISBN: 9781439153840Hard Cover from Atria,2010, 305 pages Authors of crime fiction, like authors working in any other genre, often use their talents to work through personal issues, sometimes intensely private issues. Although it is not entirely clear, the writer may be working through […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 24, 2010 |

A Frenchman whose arms and legs were amputated swam across the English Channel. Philippe Croizon used specially designed leg prostheses that have flippers attached, and made the swim in just over 13 hours. Wow, talk about overcoming life’s adversities. A 14-year old high school student in Raleigh N.C. said her school should not have kicked […]

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Homespun Philosophy and Fans

Posted by mcm0704 on September 22, 2010 |

A long time ago when asked in an interview why I want to be a writer I voiced grand and noble ideals about the power of the written word to impact society. “If the words I write,” my answer continued, “can make just one person laugh or cry, think or question, then I will have […]

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Anger – Not Always a Bad Thing

Posted by mcm0704 on September 20, 2010 |

I was sorting through some handouts yesterday from grief workshops I used to conduct in my role as a hospital chaplain. Several about anger were clipped together, and when I glanced through them I realized that I have always had a problem around anger. Probably because I grew up in a family that had no […]

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Book Review – In Dog We Trust by Neil S. Plakcy

Posted by mcm0704 on September 19, 2010 |

 Thanks again to Carl Brookins for sharing another book review here…. In Dog We TrustNeil S. PlakcyISBN: 2940000889596Ebook available from Amazon, Smashwords, B&N. Steve Levitan is a convicted felon. Through a lapse in internal discipline, he did a little computer hacking and ended up in prison.  Released on parole, he returns to his home, Bucks […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 17, 2010 |

First off today is a wonderful bit of wisdom regarding the debate about the mosque and Ground Zero. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who would be the spiritual leader of the mosque, was recently  quoted as saying the clash is not between Christians and Muslims. “The real battle that we must wage together today is not […]

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Not your Normal Interview

Posted by mcm0704 on September 16, 2010 |

Robin Spano’s first book, Dead Politician Society, was  released  Sept. 1 in hardcover   from ECW Press. She has been visiting blogs recently to introduce people to her work and today let her central character ask her a few questions. Enjoy…. Clare Vengel: Why would you want to write books all day? Don’t you get […]

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Guest Blogger Tomorrow

Posted by mcm0704 on September 15, 2010 |

Robin Spano, author of  Dead Politician Society,  will be my guest tomorrow. She will be interviewed by the central character in her book and is a great deal of fun. Stop back by tomorrow if you get a chance. Robin loves to write crime. She loves the plotting, the pacing, and the character arc of […]

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