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A Little Tolerance, Please

Posted by mcm0704 on March 1, 2012 |

Tom Leppert, the former mayor of Dallas and current Texas senatorial candidate, has recently caught a lot of flack because he marched in  gay rights parades when he was mayor. He justified his action by saying that when he was in that position it was his obligation to represent everybody. Ted Cruz, the former Texas […]

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Words That Drive a Parent Crazy – What’s For Dinner?

Posted by mcm0704 on February 27, 2012 |

It’s been a while since I shared an excerpt from my humorous memoir, A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck. This is from the beginning of chapter fifteen: What’s For Dinner or Mutiny of the Midgets.  There are certain words and phrases in the English language, dirty words aside, that are guaranteed to disrupt the […]

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Veteran’s Day 2011

Posted by mcm0704 on November 11, 2011 |

Instead of my usual Friday fare on the blog, I wanted to pause a moment to honor the men and women who have served in the military in defense of our country and our freedom. If you would like to see the ceremony being held at Arlington Cemetary in Washington D.C. today here is a […]

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Happy Fourth of July

Posted by mcm0704 on July 3, 2011 |

Just making a brief appearance today to wish all my American friends a Happy Fourth of July. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend with lots of friends, family, and good times.  My long-time followers may recall that I also celebrate my birthday on the Fourth, although I am not nearly as old as […]

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Doug Corleone – On Writer’s Block

Posted by mcm0704 on April 27, 2011 |

 First, I want to thank Maryann for hosting me here today. I appreciate the opportunity to be a guest and share some thoughts on writer’s block. As an author I’m often asked: Is there such thing as writer’s block? There are two schools of thought on this. The more popular among published authors seems to […]

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Book Review – McMansion by Justin Scott

Posted by mcm0704 on September 5, 2010 |

Thanks to Carl Brookins for sharing another book review…. McMansionby Justin ScottPoisoned Pen Press255 pages, hardcoverISBN: 1-59058-063-X Justin Scott has written over a dozen mysteries, thrillers and adventure novels under several names, taut, exemplary stories that illuminate and explore many of our social concerns.  They are good stories, well-written with drive and panache.  This is […]

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I am not Believing This

Posted by mcm0704 on August 3, 2010 |

I just read this news update and couldn’t let it pass without a comment: “Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have called off their second engagement after he told her he may have fathered a baby with another girl. The other girl was not identified, but a pregnant ex-girlfriend of Johnston has publicly denied he is […]

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The Real Alice in Wonderland

Posted by mcm0704 on July 4, 2010 |

Cathy Rubin co-author of The Real Alice in Wonderland contacted me recently with an interesting bit of trivia. American Independence Day and Alice in Wonderland share the same birthday. So, I not only share my birthday with my country, I share it with a timeless story. According Cathy, Friday July 4, 1862 is credited with […]

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Let’s all be Mellow

Posted by mcm0704 on June 29, 2010 |

I thought after slamming HOAs and talking about road rage, it would be a good idea to focus on something pretty and relaxing. In Texas we have some of the most spectacular cloud formations I have ever seen. And the sky can go on forever, giving this amazing “postcard” view of the clouds. At sunrise […]

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A Double Whammy of Absurdities

Posted by mcm0704 on June 27, 2010 |

First,  I thought the story about the woman in a suburb of Dallas who was told she had to get rid of the tree stump in her front yard was the most absurd news item I read this week. According to the report, the stump has been in her yard for about 15 years and […]

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