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It started this morning around 11:00 am.  I'll called my nephew Charlie and asked if he wanted to go sledding.  His reply, "I was just getting ready to call you to see if you wanted to go."  I told him I'd pick him up in ten minutes.   My 18-year-old daughter, Kristin, her boyfriend, Cody and his sister, Jessica joined us.  We found the perfect  spot.  It was in the cow pasture and had a few brier bushes and sink holes, but if you were raised on a farm - this kind of stuff is expected and accepted when sledding.  The cows were very curious and watched us with their big round eyes.  Two of them actually started to follow us, and looked at us with questioning faces, as if to ask, "May we have a turn."  There are just some things that happen in the country that seem natural to me but very strange to most of the world.  I bet we went up and down the hills at least twenty times. This was one of those......

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Definitions for "essence" are as follows:  The most important ingredient, the basic nature of a thing,  the entity that makes a substance what it is.  Did you know that even though it is January 3, it is only the ninth day of Christmas?  That's right, if we celebrate the twelve days of Christmas we have three more days to enjoy the essence of this beautiful holiday season.  After forty-four Christmas seasons I just found out that the twelve days of Christmas starts on December 25.  But even better I discovered the essence of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  It goes as follows:   Christians made up this song sometime during the 16th century as a secret code to teach their children valuable lessons of their Catholic faith.  (The king of England banned all Catholic teachings because of divorce issue.  Anyone caught with a writing of Catholic teaching was severely punished or killed.  Hence, The Twelve Days of ......

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Isn't it the tradition of the holidays that makes them special?  Grandma makes the pumpkin pie, mom makes the turkey, Aunt Lou makes some delicious cookies.  Everyone gathers together spreading love and cheer.  The smell food and home welcomes you - tugging at something down deep within your heart.  Touching your very soul.  If you have ever experienced this environment or feeling you do indeed have something to be thankful for during the holidays.  Family and home is everything in this wonderful thing we call life. In order to keep some tradition I combined my grandmothers' pumpkin pie recipes together to make, what I consider and so does my father and brother the perfect traditional pumpkin pie.  Let me share my secret recipe with you: 1.  Start by picking out a large pumpkin or squash.  They come in many different shapes and sizes.  Stay away from the ones that you would carve for Halloween. ......

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When I was asked to write something as the featured author on LoveStories.com, I was honored. But what would I write to captivate my fellow Love Stories members, to help them see a unique side of who I am, to aid me in learning about their lives and to invite conversation? And then it hit me. Of course, I would write about LOVE. HERE ARE MY LOVE STORIES             As a small child, I was in love with my parents. They protected me, nurtured me and guided me. Dad made up bedtime stories that carried into the daytime hours until we would have entire discussions with him playing the role of Dr. Rajah, the heroic explorer, while I would mimic the voices of Ellie the Elephant and the silly monkeys.  Mom would make me try things. New food, new activities, new friends. Always telling me I could achieve anything.             I wrote my first book when I was eight years ol......

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Distance Differences Between a 5K and a Marathon: 5K                                           Marathon 5 Kilometers                           42.2 Kilometers      5000 Meters                           42,200 meters 3.1 Miles                                26.2 Miles 16,368 Feet       &nb......

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Mickey Spillane, on an occasion when writing for other writers, wrote (I am paraphrasing) that the first chapter of your book sells this book and the last chapter sells your next book. Larry Brooks (novelist and writing coach) has made this point, too, in several of his blog posts [www.storyfix.com] with respect to endings. Now, I have recently experienced this first hand, but as a reader, not in my role as a writer. I was reading a hard-boiled novel. I don’t want to name it since this is not a review, but the book was a good read with an engaging plot and a well-developed main character. The book was written from the First Person Past point of view. The novel was so well done in some respects that even before I finished reading it I went online and ordered a second copy so I could mark-up that second copy (using Larry Brooks’ story structure milestones from his invaluable book STORY ENGINEERING) when I again read this novel, this time reading it from my perspective as a writer. Then I came upon the last full paragraph of the book. Not the last chapter, which worked fine, but the last full paragraph. In it, the author had the protagonist (who, remember, was telling the story in First Person Past POV) commit suicide! Ugh!! How can someone who kills himself in the last paragraph have spent the previous 263 pages telling us what had happened to him? I could have accepted this if the story had been written in First Person Present POV, but First Person Past? No way. That last paragraph immediately destroyed my suspension of disbelief and caused me to bellow: What??? I will still read the book again and will  put the book though Larry Brooks’ engineering analysis to see if the author hit his marks for the First Plot Point, Pinch Points, Mid-Point Milestone, etc., and other structural core competencies.  I suspect he did because the book worked for me -- up to the ending. But I will always have bad feelings about this book because, in the end (pun intended), it let me down. Yet, as a writer, I’m glad I had this experience. What better way for me to remember Spillane’s and Brooks’ admonitions about endings than with this jarring experience. ...

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It’s time I came out of the closet. I have been suffering with this secret for years. While society is more accepting of people who dare to follow their hearts and be different, there is still stigma attached to this secret I have been harboring. Once I reveal it, I know my parents will love me the same. My sister and brother, too. Even my friends. But there are narrow-minded, prejudiced and discriminatory people who will shun me. But still, I must be true to who I am. Therefore, I am officially coming out of the closet as a self-published author.             Did you think I was coming out of the closet as a lesbian? I already did that twenty years ago. It was and remains very natural for me to present myself to the world as a gay woman. But coming out as a self-published author has been more difficult.             Why is that so when the following are true:  &nb......

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“I cannot stop myself from clicking away from this website whenever I have to visit it.  Just looking at it makes me furious,” complained one of my clients.

My client was in the target market for the management consultancy – but their website raised her ire, not her interest.

No wonder.  This website had committed three of the deadliest design sins.  It was almost unreadable.

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Lurking inside your vocabulary are a few words that can smother your writing in a layer of content-free fluff.

These innocent-looking words force your readers to peer through them to get to your meaning.

Let’s shine a bright light on these false friends so you can avoid their ensnarements.

 

 

Very

Surprised?  Surely “very” strengthens your point?  Surely, adding “very” is like underlining and bolding your key words?

No, it isn’t.

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*This is the second of four essays dealing with the death of a parent Dad was born on June 25, 1933. The second son of David and Shirley Lewis and younger brother to Hartley. He ran track excelling at the hundred meters. When his father went bankrupt he put himself through school and studied numbers. He went from being an accountant with an office in the basement of our Long Island home to running a multimillion-dollar hotel and apartment conglomeration. He went from being the son of a man who lost everything to a man who was valued at seven figures. My father's life has always been about numbers. It was numbers that introduced him to his wife, Beverly. They met when he was a treasurer and she was a banker. Together they would structure multimillion-dollar deals. One of the greatest introductions in the history of the world, Beverly stuck by his side to care for him, to struggle with him, to love him unconditionally. When Dad knew he would have to go from two days of dialysis ......

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