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Trick or Treat

Posted by mcm0704 on October 31, 2010 |

In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d share this excerpt from my humorous memoir, A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck.  Halloween is not like it used to be. With concerns over Politically Correct costumes, candy that has been tampered with, and who is that stranger driving slowly down the street, Halloween has lost some […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on October 29, 2010 |

As much as $1 billion in U.S. aid has been diverted from programs meant to stabilize Afghanistan and has wound up in the hands of the Taliban and other insurgency groups, war analysts and government auditors say. They say that graft has gotten so bad that the U.S. government estimates that only about 10 percent […]

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Feeding Your Soul

Posted by mcm0704 on October 27, 2010 |

“There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Ronald Reagan A lady riding next to me on the trail ride this past weekend reminded me of that quote, and we both gave it hearty “amens.” It was Sunday morning, so the amen seemed appropriate. People who […]

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Excerpt From A New Book by Maryann Miller

Posted by mcm0704 on October 25, 2010 |

 My new mystery will be released in December by Five Star, so I thought I would post a few excerpts between now and then. Enjoy…. OPEN SEASONPROLOGUE Sarah took a deep breath and faced Quinlin in the stuffy cubbyhole of an office. The room was hot and musty. Dust motes floated in the slivers of […]

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Book Review-The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies

Posted by mcm0704 on October 24, 2010 |

THE KINGDOM WHERE NOBODY DIES Kathleen HillsPoisoned Pen Press, January 2008hard cover,316 pagesISBN: 978-1-59058-476-7 The author of this novel has a strong background in rural America, particularly in the Upper Midwest. It shows in many of the nuances that affect the progress of this story. The novel is replete with icons of small towns, some […]

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No Odds ‘N Ends This Week

Posted by mcm0704 on October 22, 2010 |

It’s terrible when a cold slams into you and literally takes three days out of your carefully planned schedule. That’s what happened to me this week when I was supposed to be gathering interesting pieces of news to lay out here for comment. There was lots of other work I was supposed to be doing, […]

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Guest Post

Posted by mcm0704 on October 20, 2010 |

Felicity Howard,American Heroine Abroad Maryann:  Felicity, welcome to It’s Not All Gravy Felicity:  Thank you, Maryann.  I’m delighted to be here for my very first interview. I don’t know why people always interview that Donna Fletcher Crow woman when I’m more than capable of speaking for myself. Maryann:  The circumstances that led you to become […]

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Guest Blogger Tomorrow

Posted by mcm0704 on October 19, 2010 |

I hope everyone will come back tomorrow for a fun interview with Felicity Howard, the central character in Donna Crow’s new mystery, A Very Private Grave. The book was released in the UK in June and has just had its official US release in September. Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood […]

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Writing Tips Come From Everywhere

Posted by mcm0704 on October 18, 2010 |

This past weekend we had our performances of “The Altos – Like the Sopranos, Only Lower” at the community theatre here in my small town. I played Nona Alto, the mother of mobster, Tony Alto. Nona is…. how do I put this delicately? A little off. Her daughter-in-law, Toffee, says Nona is crazy, but I […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on October 15, 2010 |

The best news story of the decade. All 33 miners rescued from the mine in Chile after being trapped underground for over two months. Need I say more? There is a new ethics rule for Texas attorneys. They are now prohibited from having sex with their clients. So, previously it was okay to have sex […]

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