The Battle of the Common Cold

Posted by mcm0704 on January 31, 2011 |

Since we are in the middle of the flu and cold season, I thought this information I read in Parade Magazine this week might be of interest.  Some of the information was definitely a big surprise to me. I’ve been battling a cold and sinus infection for over a week, and had been drinking lots […]

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Book Review: The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

Posted by mcm0704 on January 30, 2011 |

 Thanks to Carl Brookins for sharing another review….. The Rembrandt AffairBy Daniel SilvaISBN: 978-0-399-15658-8Published by Putnam, 2010 Daniel Silva is an experienced best-selling author who deserves his place on the NY Times list.  His latest novel is a fascinating blend of lust, international espionage, art theft and sale, and murder. It is well-written, well-paced and […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on January 28, 2011 |

Well, actually, just odds. These are some unusual news items I found on the Web. A McDonald’s in the United Kingdom is refusing to serve teens who are wearing sports gear after 7pm. According to the manager, the restaurant has experienced a lot of anti-social behavior from groups of youths. “It’s almost gang-style fighting at […]

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Gardening is good for your soul

Posted by mcm0704 on January 26, 2011 |

Here in Texas the gardening season is just beginning. It’s time to plant early spring crops such as peas and spinach and carrots and onions. I’m late getting mine planted, but I have been digging a few rows a day for the past month – except when it turned bitter cold – and I will […]

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Just for Fun

Posted by mcm0704 on January 24, 2011 |

Since I need to be working on my book today, not blogging, I thought I would let my friend Tracy Farr entertain you….. I went in for oil, and came out with groceries Every story starts with one word. Sometimes it’s a big word, sometimes it’s small. But without that first word, there could never […]



Book Review – Big Wheat by Richard A. Thompson

Posted by mcm0704 on January 23, 2011 |

 Thanks to Carl Brookins for sharing another book review with us…. Big WheatBy Richard A. ThompsonPoisoned Pen Press 2011ISBN: 978-1-59058-820-8 World War I is done and Charlie Krueger’s older brother is never coming home. Charlie, his sister and their mother must cope with an increasingly abusive drunken father and husband. The summer of 1919 wanes […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on January 21, 2011 |

In central Texas there is a wide area of devastation where trees are dying, as well as other vegetation. Environmentalists believe the sulfur dioxide emitted by the Fayette Power Plant is to blame. However, the plant’s operator and the state’s Environmental Regulator deny pollution is to blame for the swaths of plant devastation. Pecan groves […]

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Guest Blog- Evelyn David on Writing as a Team

Posted by mcm0704 on January 19, 2011 |

Writing Duets? We’re going to go out on a limb here. We’re going to advise you to go against conventional wisdom about writing a book. Here’s our suggestion: Find a co-author on the Internet and write 2 books and countless short stories together without ever meeting in person. What? That sounds crazy. We know. And […]

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Be My Guest – Linda Faulkner

Posted by mcm0704 on January 17, 2011 |

Thanks for allowing me to visit today, Maryann.  I really enjoy your blog and am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute. One of the things I’ve learned in the past couple of years is that most of us writers have talents we’ve never tapped into.  Sure, we can write.  But we tend to stick […]

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Book Review: Taking the Mystery out of Business

Posted by mcm0704 on January 16, 2011 |

Before I do the review of this book, I want to mention that I am the guest today on the blog for Creatures & Crooks Books. The owner, Lelia Taylor, is known for being a cat-lover, so she has started a series of guest blogs about cats. Sometimes she’ll let a dog in, just for […]

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