Valentine's Day

History of Valentine’s Day

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Schulz We’ve barely lugged all the holiday trappings back to wherever they were before Thanksgiving. Now we’re surrounded with reminders to get something (preferably something chocolate) for Valentine’s Day. How did a Christian martyr from the 3rd Century end up being used to market flowers, candy, romance-themed movies and cards? There are several St. Valentine’s for whom this annual shop-for-your-sweetheart-or-wish-you-had […]

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George and Elizabeth Ross

Yet Another Book About the Mayflower?

For the past two years I’ve been researching what led the passengers of the Mayflower to get on that small, wooden ship and sail away to a place they’d never been. I learned how their story is interwoven with political events of the era such as the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and King Henry VIII’s dramatic act of rebellion against the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Much to my chagrin and regret, I learned […]

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Elaine Scott

My Writing Story – Houston Author Elaine Scott

I met Elaine Scott through my husband. They both teach Adult Sunday School classes at church. Elaine is a well-established professional author with over thirty traditionally published books to her credit. Her story demonstrates how becoming a successful author is often a combination of talent, persistence, and serendipitous opportunities. How did you get started in writing?  I was a full time homemaker, raising two young daughters. When I was young (in the 50’s) women had […]

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Russ Smith - Author

My Writing Story – Russ Smith

I met Russ on the Queen Mary 2 crossing from England to New York City. I attended the workshop he did on authoring and self-publishing. It was the perfect setting to talk about his murder mystery set on a cruise ship. You Become a Writer by Writing “Just sit down and start writing,” is what author and lecturer Russ Smith tells people when they ask how to get started as an author. “Think about what […]

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Tassie Types

My Writing Story – Tassie Types

January is Share Your Writing Story Month at HowWiseThen Tassie Hewitt and I met at a critique group. I hope my laughing at her writing has been part of her inspiration. Tassie Types – The Story of My Writing Life For most of my life I’ve been a closet writer, hiding my thoughts and feelings in private notebooks.  My mother bought me my first diary when I was in elementary school, complete with a lock […]

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