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Special Picnics

Posted by mcm0704 on June 7, 2017 |

Slim Randles is here as today’s Wednesday’s Guest with a thoughtful piece about shyness and friendships. We have all had moments of being extremely shy – well some of us – and maybe feeling so awkward that we could hardly say a word. But maybe not to the extreme of Richard. I hope you enjoy […]

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Guest Post from Allen Malnak – Hitler’s Silver Box

Posted by mcm0704 on March 14, 2012 |

Please help me welcome Dr. Allen Malnak to It’s Not All Gravy as he shares some background on how he came to write the novel,   Hitler’s Silver Box After retiring from the teaching and practicing of internal medicine, my wife and I moved from the Chicago area to Florida. I found an adult education course […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on February 3, 2012 |

Just when you thought politics had sunk to the lowest possible point, there comes a new story. Last week the campaign manager for a Democrat challenging a Republican-held congressional seat in Russellville, Arkansas had his cat mutilated and the body left on his porch with the word “liberal” painted on the dead body. Come on, […]

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Book Review – Damage Control by Denise Hamilton

Posted by mcm0704 on January 15, 2012 |

Thanks once again to Carl Brookins for sharing his reviews with us. Damage Control            by Denise Hamilton ISBN: 978-0-7432-9674-8 a 2011 hardcover release from Scribner. 372 pages. More than just romance can often flower under the hot desert moon. In southern California, a lot more. In the artificially irrigated hothouse of perfectly sculpted bodies, overabundance […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on January 9, 2012 |

Some time ago I wrote a review of a book that had been sent to me by an author I’d met in an online writer’s group. It wasn’t a rave review, nor was it a scathing review, but I did point out that there were some problems with the plot and some of the writing […]

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Book Review – Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart

Posted by mcm0704 on December 18, 2011 |

Thank you Carl Brookins for introducing us to another good read. The Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen HartISBN: 978-0-312-61477-52011 hardcover release fromMinotaur Books, 320 pgs. It is interesting how these things come in multiples. Libby Hellmann recently released a novel with its genesis in the riotous summer and fall of 1968. The Minnesota […]

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted by mcm0704 on September 12, 2011 |

As if my life wasn’t already frenetic enough, things are really going to be busier than ever the next couple of weeks. We are counting down to the opening of Arsenic and Old Lace at the Main Street Theatre in Sulphur Springs, Texas  on September 29th, so I only have two weeks to finish learning […]

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School Days, School Days

Posted by mcm0704 on September 7, 2011 |

Since school has started for most kids across the United States, I thought I would share some of my memories of school days when my kids were young. This is another excerpt from my humorous memoir, A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck, which is still under consideration for publication at a small independent publisher. […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on September 2, 2011 |

Thousands of companies that received money via the economic stimulus efforts, are apparently not taking care of their tax payments. According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, almost 4,000 companies that received contracts or government grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are delinquent on $750 million-plus in unpaid corporate […]

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Change is Hard – In Life and in Writing

Posted by mcm0704 on August 24, 2011 |

This morning after my shower I dried off with a towel that is the last of a stack of about 30 towels my uncle gave my husband and I for a wedding present. To put this in context, we just celebrated our46th wedding anniversary. These towels were a mis-matched assortment, some with flowers, some with […]

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