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Labor Day and Child Labor

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. Carl Jung When I was a camp director I took a call one day from a mother who wanted to interview me to determine whether or not she would send her eight-year-old son to our camp for a week. I described a typical camp day and asked her if she had any questions. She did. “Do you apply sunscreen to […]

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Going Home Again And Family Reunions

 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, to let you know how we are, and to encourage your hearts. (Ephesians 6:22) Though the statement “You can’t go home again,” is typically credited to author Thomas Wolfe, he picked it from a conversation with author Ella Winter. She asked him, “Don’t you know you can’t go home again?” Wolfe got her permission to use that as the title of his book. This is […]

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Prune and Bloom Your Life with Jen Slaski Halligan’s Help

Jen Slaski Halligan titled her workshop at the Story Circle Network Conference I attended last month “Prune & Bloom: How to Create Space for What Matters Most.” From the brief description of it I expected tips on how to write a novel in only ten uninterrupted minutes a day. Or perhaps, I thought, she’ll show me how to declutter my writing environment so I can write away the hours with fewer distractions. That is not what […]

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B. Alan Bourgeois and Texas Authors

Bourgeois, who founded Texas Authors in 2011,  knows how to market books and how much authors need help doing that. He is one of the rare literary world gems who can both produce books and help other authors market their work. He gained first hand experience when it comes to promoting books in the modern publishing world. To assist authors he launched Texas Authors to provide multiple marketing opportunities for the 9,000 published Texas authors. This membership-based […]

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Pearl S. Buck – Author, Mother, Activist

The first author I remember reading and following was Pearl S. Buck. I was a fan long before I knew anything about her personal life. After I learned more about this multi-faceted woman, I grew even more fond of her. I admire how she so beautifully wove together a captivating story while addressing various social justice issues. Pearl S. Buck was born in 1892 – making her a contemporary of my grandmothers. That may explain […]

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