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Happy 90th Anniversary to…

…the Sacramento Branch of the California Writer’s Club, founded October 31, 1925. Here’s some info from the brochure at the celebration lunch last Saturday: “Club history lore is that the founding of the California Writer’s Club emerged in part from … Continue reading

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Her Poison Pen

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Agatha Christie as the best selling novelist of all time. Over the years, I’ve done my part in helping to make her so. Christie’s preferred fictional murder weapon was poison. Of the more … Continue reading

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Where did this come from?

A few days ago, looking for a piece of scratch paper, I picked up a 5″ x 8″ spiral notebook from a desk in the back room. I flipped it open to some curious notes on fairytales – and I … Continue reading

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How weird news teaches us great storytelling

Originally posted on The Red Pen of Doom:
Every day, there are real stories in the morning newspaper that make you snort coffee out your nose or choke on a blueberry muffin. Note: This is why journalists call such pieces “muffin chokers.”…

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It’s In His Kiss by Vickie Lester: a book review

Death is a sidewinder. It strikes from a place concealed and unthinkable, triggering a reality completely unexpected. – Vickie Lester Anne Brown, a New York teacher and author of literary novels is on her way to Palm Springs in the … Continue reading

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Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014

“On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, ‘I decline to accept the end of man’. I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy … Continue reading

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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

“Don’t let reality control your imagination. Let your imagination be the user interface to steer your reality.” – Scott Adams. How to Fail at Almost Everything is a quirky, funny, irreverent, and often inspiring “sort of autobiography” from the creator … Continue reading

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An ambassador for the power of stories

I almost skipped the final segment of the PBS Newshour on Friday.  They announced an interview with the newly chosen National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position I’d never heard of.  I feared it might involve a discussion of … Continue reading

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