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Living With Intention

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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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Holidays and PASSION

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I want to talk to those of you who don’t have anyone to love.  The reasons are many:  you haven’t met “the one” yet, you broke up with someone who could have been “the one,” you divorced “the–used to be–one,” or like myself you’ve lost someone dear to you. Christmas can be a tough time when you are alone.  And …

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Three Things I Know About Love

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December 24, 2010 Romance and Christmas, the season of generosity, fit hand-in-hand.  Is there any miracle more empowering than Love?  In discovering not only that you love, but are loved in returned?  And that you will never again be alone? As a romance writer, I don’t just trade on the belief that we all feel love is the purpose to …

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Peru Trip

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I can’t wait to return to Peru, and I shall. The cuisine is one of the best in the world and the people are welcoming, generous and kind. Plus my ties to Peru are growing—my daughter’s now engaged to a Peruvian gent, a true pearl of a man. Sharing with you photos of the Parque del Amor which attracts lovers. …

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My Trip To India

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My daughter spent a semester in the south of India. I met her for a walk about. Together we visited The Gate of India and the palace in New Delhi. Oh, to be a maharajah! No picture can convey the beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It was surrounded by tourists from all countries, but mostly the Middle …

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