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Veterans Keep Giving, Long After the Uniform is Retired

This was first published on www.foxnews.com 11/11/2014  Veterans keep giving, long after the uniform is retired: We represent every economic class in this country, every culture, and every race. We are teachers, accountants, police officers, and administrators. We serve as nurses, doctors, firefighters, lawyers, mechanics, electricians, barbers and hairdressers, therapists and technicians in every shape and form. We own small …

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Och! Ghosties and Ghoulies!

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When my writer friends I went to Scotland, we spent the week in a cottage that was charming, and haunted.             Not all of us heard or saw the ghost.  Two did.  We thought they were whacky.  After all, the group as a whole makes up stuff for a living.  Why wouldn’t two of us be guilty of creating ghosts? Actually, …

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I Heart Book Signings!

I used to avoid book signings until I learned how fun they were with readers ready to have a good time.  Now I am a Reader Fan! (In Houston, TX with the wonderful Tessa Dare and the folks at Katy Budget Books)

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Thank You, Lisa Loopner–and All Nerd Girls Everywhere

Dear Lisa Loopner— Thank you for being a nerd.  Thank you for being earnest and naïve and corny.  Thank you for letting your glasses slide down your nose, and punching ‘em up with one finger when  you say to Todd, “That was so funny, I forgot to laugh.” Thank you for wanting to please your mother and for performing  even …

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Living With Intention

I need more time, but I find that my life doesn’t work so well when I farm stuff out—and that is true whether it is house cleaning or writing. I seem to need “hands on” time.  When I turn tasks, from the meaningful to mundane, over to other people, I lose touch with what I value. Sounds strange, doesn’t it?  …

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I Set the Oven on Fire

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No, not in the way of being an outstanding cook and creating delectable foods.  I mean literally. I was broiling a steak when I noticed the the oven seemed very bright.  The brightness was flames.  All is well.  I threw flour on the fire and it went out.  Of course the alarms went off and the dogs are now nervous …

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The Dating Grind – Skepticism

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I have decided that one of the major problems of dating in the last half of life is that we all “know better “ by now.  Experience has been a tough teacher. For example, that sarcastic wit I used to find attractive when I was younger I now understand can become a cruel tool. A “take charge personality?”  It can …

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Three Lessons I Learned from My Dad, Doc Wollen

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#1 Community matters. Instead of the handout generation, my dad was raised as part of the “let me give a hand” generation. Back in his day, his hometown Garnett might as well have been light years from Kansas City. If things were going to get done, it was up to the community to make it happen and folks took care …

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A Grand Adventure for Readers–Australia!

When a paperback novel that would go for $8 in the US is sold for twice and often three times that amount in Australia, you know Aussie romance readers are a dedicated bunch. But my respect for these readers is based on more than a desire to push books. I’d met many of them at conferences for the Romance genre …

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A Guy Reads His First Romance–A Review of LYON'S BRIDE

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So my mom died Monday, December 17th. No, wait, this review gets better. Really. My wife and I own hundreds of books. We read voraciously. I have, easily, a dozen books on my nightstand that I am in various stages of reading. I enjoy biographies, sci-fi, epic fantasy, crime drama, literature, just about anything well-written. And so while in the initial …

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