• Opinion,  Social Issues

    Are Racism, Hatred, and Bigotry in Our Genes? Or Are We Taught?

    WHERE DO RACISM, HATRED AND BIGOTRY COME FROM? Always you’ll see a news item involving one or more of these emotions or themes. Racism, hatred, bigotry–it seems they will never go away. Do you ever wonder why that is? We’ve even stopped watching anything other than the 11 o’clock local news to avoid some of the media coverage. Friday night we even decided to go out for a change. WE LOVE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS As luck would have it, something was available we both enjoy. We attended a high school performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, a timeless and beautiful Broadway musical debuted in 1949. Based on James Michener’s book, Tales…

  • Memoir,  Storytelling,  Writing,  Writing Tips

    Repeat Performance: What to Do When the Book You’re Writing Throws You a Curve Ball

    As I was working out a topic for this week’s post, I came across this one from May 6, 2014. Reading it, I am reminded that once more my memoir has thrown me a curve ball. I need to sort out what to do with this draft still waiting in the corner. The two curve balls came from different directions and for different reasons. If you want to know more about the second curve ball, you can read a personal note to my followers and friends who subscribe to my newsletter. Upon reflection, I believe my May 6, 2014 post may stand me in good stead when the time is right to…

  • Christian Themes,  Fiction,  Guest Post

    Guest Post: Embracing Christian Themes While Writing Afta-U by Author, Jennifer Lynn Kenniston

    It is my pleasure to take part in Jennifer-Lynn Kenniston’s WOW! Blog Tour for her début novel, Afta-U.  Today Jennifer will be sharing her thoughts and insights on embracing Christian themes while writing a Christian novel. Her post is honest and provides us with a look inside her emotions as she wrote Afta-U. Welcome, Jennifer! EMBRACING CHRISTIAN THEMESWHILE WRITING AFTA-U BY JENNIFER-LYNN KENISTON I am going to be honest here: when I began writing the first draft of Afta-U, I wasn’t writing it with an audience in mind. It was a personal book, something I had to write. Simply put, it was a life-long dream of mine to write a full-length novel, and I…