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The 26 Days of Encouragement

November 28 was the first day of Advent, which, for Christians, is a season of love and light.  Coincidentally, it was also the first day of Chanukah, or The Festival of Lights. This convergence couldn’t be more perfect because for … Continue reading

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Barb’s Holiday Gift Ideas for Writers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….. We’ve all seen them, those lists of writer gift ideas with suggestions like literary jewelry or a writing themed coffee mug. While I’m as big a fan of writer-themed presents as anyone, … Continue reading

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Bits and Barbs

A sampling of things currently capturing my interest. What I’m Watching Only Murders in the Building – This 10-week whodunit is as much about letting go of the past as it is about finding a murderer.  Steve Martin, Selena Gomez … Continue reading

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Of Cheerleaders, Mentors and Lost Potential

Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of cheerleaders. My parents were good, loving parents who genuinely wanted the best for their children.  It’s just that their world was small. Having both grown up poor, they preferred choices that were … Continue reading

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Recommended Read: Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy

There’s something train wrecks. You see the damage, and you want to turn away, but you can’t. The scene won’t let you. That’s how I felt reading Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy.  Not that the book is a train wreck. … Continue reading

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Playing The Long Game Part 3

AKA You’re Probably Not Reading This and That’s Okay “How many people read your blog?” my friend asked. “I don’t know,” I replied, before adding silently, “Very few.” Look, I know blogging feels like a futile waste of time. I … Continue reading

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Recommended Reads

September was another eclectic reading month with books that ran from politics to true crime. (And no, the politics and true crime are not related.) The Guilt Trip by Sandi Jones:  Sandi, Sandi, Sandi.  I had such high expectations. After … Continue reading

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Recommended Reads – The Philosophy Edition

AKA: What I Learned From a 3000-Year-Old Emperor I spent most of August indulging my nerdier roots by reading philosophy and social psychology. The books were fascinating reading, but realizing most of you aren’t into these topics as much as … Continue reading

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Barb’s Recommended Read: The Island Queen

Doing something a bit different this month because I got sucked down a rabbit hole of non-fiction reading. I’m posting my review of Island Queen today. Another post, compiling the various followed by a special philosophy next week. And now, … Continue reading

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Playing the Long Game 2 – Big Dog Summer

If you want to run with the big dogs, you’ve got to learn to pee in the tall grass. Continue reading

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