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I haven’t posted for a while.  I looked at the calendar and realized that we are half way through January already.  I see a few people have checked out the Web site, so I guess I had better do a better job of updating.  Pearl Harbor happened 75 years ago.  I’ve been thinking about the
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As a writer, I was particularly inspired by President Obama’s farewell speech last night.  His word choice was absolutely eloquent. I haven’t always agreed with everything that President Obama has done over the past eight years. I guess we never agree 100% with our elected officials. However, I always appreciated his inclusiveness of all citizens,
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I’ve had some readers ask me where my ideas for The Decoration Day Committee came from.  As noted, the book is dedicated to the women of my mother’s generation who lived through WWII as young adults. Some ideas came from her stories and from other women relatives and acquaintances who had experienced those times first
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  Days like today, Pearl Harbor Day, always engage me as a writer and reader. So many impactful stories were inspired by the men and women who lived the experience, including my novel, The Decoration Day Committee. This year I find myself especially mindful of the commemoration, the coverage, and interviews as yesterday I was
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I ran into this book on Twitter.  It seemed very similar to my novel.  The title is Frontline Angel and deals with WWII Army nurses held captive in the Philippines.  The book clearly falls in the romance genre, but also is a fine piece of historical writing, calling attention to nursing heroics that have gone pretty
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I recently finished Jessica Knoll’s The Luckiest Girl Alive .  As a reader who has taught junior and high school students, I found this book noteworthy, especially in today’s culture. While I am sure that similar behaviors have happened for generations, the ramifications given today’s communication systems and weapon availability are immense. I think Knoll
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I finished reading The Nest last night.  It is an entertaining read with lots of twists and unexpected character connections.  It’s difficult to like many of the characters, but they are interesting.  It is sort of like watching a prime time soap opera where even the more despicable characters can enjoy a little popularity just
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It’s happening.  I’m finally getting some substantial writing done again.  Even though The Decoration Day Committee is not selling at all, I find I am energetically writing its sequel.  Maybe if I have two books out there, marketing will be easier–or maybe twice as hard.  Anyway, at this point, it is more fun to write
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I mentioned in an earlier blog that I suffered from insomnia the other night.  When I couldn’t sleep, I fired up my Kindle and picked up with a book that I had just started, The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel.  I chose the book because it was about the WWII era, a
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Originally, I planned not to be political on social media, especially when I read all the crude and disgusting language and material that crossed my computer screen in the last few months. But then the results of November 8 happened, and I knew I had to become more active in promoting my positions because at
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