Archive for February, 2012

Women Biz: A Way With Words

If it’s true that behind every great man is a great woman then it’s doubly true that behind every successful writer is a great editor.

Once you’ve invested your blood, sweat, and tears into your writing project and you have performed a thorough self-edit, you’ll want to pry it from your fingers (I know, separation anxiety and all that) and hand it off to a trusted and skilled editor. This is where professionals, like Renee Gray-Wilburn come into the picture.

Renee launched A Way With Words in 1997, a professional writing and editing service. I asked Renee for her expertise on what to look for in an editor, what type of editing she offers, and how to get started in an editing service.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Hang Onto the Promise

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”       Psalm 34:19

Over the years, whenever I read this verse, my emphasis and focus was on the opening portion. Perhaps because I could identify best with that. Small and large, afflictions seemed to abound and with no time limit on trials they never seemed to cease. But the focus needs to shift to the promise rather than the fact. It is a fact we will suffer and be afflicted, but it is a promise that we will be delivered.

If you find yourself in this place, remember to hang onto the promise.

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Scandalous!

New York Evening Telegram, May 26 (1921)

Long Beach Bars Lizard Baldheads and Women Sans Socks

LONG BEACH, L.I., May 26 – One-piece bathing suits and bald-headed “beach lizards” have been positively ruled out of Long Beach for the coming season by Chief of Police Patrick Tracy.

Women absolutely “must” wear two-piece bathing suits, Police Captain Walter Barriscale said today, in making the announcement of the Chief’s new regulations, and men who come to the beach to stare will find themselves in trouble. Moreover, women must wear socks.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Women Biz: Copper Moon Studio

Stacy Owen is the owner of Copper Moon Studio, located in Holland, Ohio. It’s her talent that fills this gallery and gift-shop with remarkable pieces of fused glass, in what I would define as unique and functional art.

Stacy was gracious enough to answer my questions about her career as an artist, her gallery, the classes Copper Moon offers, and she also extends some advice to artists who would like to market their work.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy Valentines Day!

                   “We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

History of Valentine’s Day

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More Than a Feeling

Not too long ago I was on the phone having a conversation with my son about love and other things when I made the declaration, “Love isn’t a feeling.”

“What?” he asked confused. “What do you mean it isn’t a feeling? If it isn’t a feeling then what is it?”

I wasn’t expecting that response from my own flesh and blood. Where did I go wrong, I wondered? Between teaching him to read, how to catch a ball, and the execution of proper hygiene, how did I miss imparting something so important? Read the rest of this entry »

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Going Indie

It wasn’t all that long ago that if an artistic person wanted to pursue a career in their genre, they had to get past the gatekeepers: Agents, editors, publishing houses, record labels, and so on. And if their work didn’t “wow” or suit the needs of the person they were pitching their vision to, their dreams were never realized. Today we live in an era of indie, and for the writer, with the advent of e-books and cost free print on demand, many new indie authors are crashing the gates and building their own careers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Book Review: The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Disguised as a servant and with only a few coins to her name, Margaret Macy, a pampered socialite, flees her home in London to avoid an unsuitable marriage arranged by her scheming stepfather.

With nowhere to go, Margaret takes a position as a housemaid working in the home of Nathanial Upchurch, a former suitor whom she rejected in the hopes of winning the heart of his charming brother.

Competent only at being a proper lady, Margaret is unfit when it comes to maintaining a household and her lacking skills leave her bumbling through her daily tasks. If she can keep up the charade until her next birthday, she will have gained her long awaited inheritance and the independence she longs for. Read the rest of this entry »

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