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December 17, 2018

When most first-time authors have completed their book, they look for someone to proofread it to eliminate typos, spelling errors, and punctuation mistakes. Few think that more may be necessary. Most of the time, they are mistaken.

I recently received just such a reques...

January 28, 2017

I've had a review lesson this month on the power of words.

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say an advanced course. My paintings have been placed in an art gallery for the first time. The gallery will represent my work in an ongoing relationship. As the owner took m...

October 19, 2016

I love dogs. When I meet a dog in a friend's home or out and about, I am happy to talk to the dog, rub its ears and give lots of pets. I don't even mind dirty paws on my knees. But the time comes when I want to visit with the dog's person. Sometimes, the dog resists th...

August 31, 2016

Does this F Minus comic make you cringe? Do you worry about your editor or your readers thinking less of you because of the mistakes you've made in your life? Are you tempted to "sanitize" your life story by telling only the good parts?

Don't give in to the urge to make...

December 1, 2015


Sometimes we think we can't write about our spiritual experiences because we don't sound like preachers. But the most powerful accounts can be written by simply telling of a time when God met your needs in a special way. Here is an excerpt from a larger piece I'm work...

November 24, 2015

[Perhaps carving a turkey is easier -- libby]


We all look on with anxious eyes
—When father carves the duck,
And mother almost always sighs
—When father carves the duck;
Then all of us prepare to rise,
And hold our bibs before our eyes,
And be prepared for some surpris...

November 17, 2015


For many years, I knew exactly what my earliest memory was.


I was 4 years old, standing on the hump that ran through the middle of our family car, holding on to the back of the bench seat where my parents sat. The light flickered through the trees crowding the road an...

November 11, 2015


Today my facebook page is filled with images of military personnel and flags. Yours probably is, too, as this is Veteran's Day. The town where I live, Apache Junction, Arizona, has an annual Veteran's Day parade, complete with military flyovers and an avenue of U.S. f...

October 28, 2015


What you see above is an example of a common prewriting tool called a web, a bubble map, or a cluster map. Using a graphic organizer can help generate ideas for writing your life story.


Begin in the middle of a sheet of paper. Put the main topic in the middle and cir...

October 19, 2015

I found the photo above to be immediately compelling when it came across my personal Facebook page. Of course, I love the colors, but the photo intrigued me beyond just that. I kept returning to it. I posted it on my computer as a background image. I kept looking at it...

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