• US - Mexico Border at McAllen TX
    Asylum,  Crossing Borders |,  Essay,  Humanitarianism,  Politics,  Social Issues

    Man’s Inhumanity to Man

      Recent media focus has been on our government’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. As individuals, we must rise above such actions. Historical Note About the Phrase, “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” In 1784, Robert Burns wrote the poem, Man was made to Mourn: A Dirge: History records the possibility that Burns reworded a similar quote from a writing in 1673 by Samuel von Pufendorf: “More inhumanity has been done by man himself than any other of nature’s causes.” Other writers have used the words “[m]an’s inhumanity to man” in their own written works. There are several books using the philosophy of the phrase as an underlying theme. A representative list of includes: Huckleberry Finn by Mark…

  • Books,  News Bits,  Technology,  Writing

    News Bites: Writing, Books, and Tech Stuff

    An incredible news dump consistently comes at us via TV broadcasts, the Internet, radio, social media, and in overheard conversations in restaurants or on the bus or train. Every now and then why not focus on news relating to things we enjoy. Like writing, music, reading, technology and more. Here are a few articles for your perusal: Writing News and Tips: On May 22nd Philip Roth died. According to his obituary in The Times, Roth was the last of the triumvirate of great white male writers–Saul Bellow and John Updike were the others–who towered over American letters in the latter half of the 20th century. If you haven’t read Roth’s books,…

  • Book Spotlight,  Fiction,  Giveaway,  Guest Post

    Casting the Spotlight on The Dan Diaries by D.D. Marx (including Guest Post and Giveaway)

    With my recent interest in writing fiction as well as nonfiction, I may from time to time post reviews of fiction works and guest posts from fiction writers. Today represents the first of these posts. I hope you enjoy it. Today I’m pleased to spotlight The Dan Diaries, the fourth book in The Beyond Series by author, D.D. Marx. D.D. will be joining us with a guest post plus there is a giveaway. Book Details: Book Title: The Dan Diaries by D.D. Marx (The Beyond Series Book #4) Category: Adult Fiction; 200 pages Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing Release date: April 6, 2018     Book Description:  Dan Sullivan was the best…

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    Chronic Illness,  Health and Self-Care,  Lifestyle,  Writing,  Writing Life

    Chronic Illness and the Writer: A Series (Part 3)

    Today’s post brings to a close this series. The first and second posts on chronic illness and the writer can be found here and here. The five remaining tips for coping with chronic illness and/or pain are shared below. As stated before, I’m not qualified to say these will work for everyone. I share them because, on occasion, they have worked for me. You know your body better than anyone and your illness as well. Let no one tell you what will work best for you. Decide for yourself.  Tips for the not so good days. If you need a refresher of the first five tips, take a moment to…