Your Online Presence: You as a Brand

Recently I reread an article by Tom Peter that appeared in Fast Company magazine in 2007. The article’s title is “The Brand Called You”. You remember Tom Peters don’t you? He wrote the big business books of the 1980s and early 1990s. Books like “In Search of Excellence” (co-written with Robert H. Waterman, Jr.), “A… Continue reading Your Online Presence: You as a Brand

Writing Podcasts I Listen To

Some pretty good writing podcasts that I listen to regularly are: I Should Be Writing. It is found at http://murverse.com/. Mur Lafferty does the podcast. I have listened to her since 2005. She was a 2012 Nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Mur Lafferty is an author, podcaster, and editor.… Continue reading Writing Podcasts I Listen To

Writer’s Groups: What to Look For and Costs

I wrote this about eighteen months ago. The points are still relevant. Tonight I got off work at 6:00 PM. I drove through twenty-five miles of rush hour traffic to get to my writer’s workshop. Dinner was missed to attend the meeting. While the meeting started exactly at 7:00 PM, it was 7:20 before I arrived at the meeting.… Continue reading Writer’s Groups: What to Look For and Costs

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Albert Einstein said, “The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.” My undergraduate education is a liberal arts education. My major was history and my minors were English and military science.… Continue reading The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

The True Story of Catch – 22: The Real Men and Missions of Joseph Heller’s 340th Bomb Group in World War II

Did Joseph Heller commit a disservice to the members of the 340th Bomb Group when he wrote Catch-22? Did author  Patricia Chapman Meder write an apologetic defending the real four officers some feel Joesph Heller blindsided when he made them into Catch-22’s four heavy hitters? “The True Story of Catch – 22: The Real Men… Continue reading The True Story of Catch – 22: The Real Men and Missions of Joseph Heller’s 340th Bomb Group in World War II

The Crimson River

“The Crimson River” by Donna Westover Gallup is Book Four in the Mysterious Ways series. The publisher is Cladach Publishing. Donna Westover Gallup does her usual great job of telling a spellbinding tale. It is what I have come to expect from this great storyteller. I was surprised the story went back and forth between… Continue reading The Crimson River

Ten Thoughts To Encourage Others

Today is Saturday March 23, 2013. Here are ten thoughts I use to encourage others: 1. Show real interest in the person. Listen to what they are saying. Be interested in what is happening in their life. Let them know you care. 2. Concede what’s important to them.  When you acknowledge what’s important to others,… Continue reading Ten Thoughts To Encourage Others

Poem: Is Johnny Crawford from “The Rifleman” in Your Company?

Is Johnny Crawford from “The Rifleman” in Your Company? We pressed our faces up against the chain linked fence. We were supposed to be playing soccer during physical education class. But we ran to the chained linked fence that separated our school yard from the dirt road. We stared at the young soldiers marching to… Continue reading Poem: Is Johnny Crawford from “The Rifleman” in Your Company?

Why I Write

Today is Thursday March 21, 2013.  In 1946, George Orwell (his real name was Eric Arthur Blair) wrote an essay titled “Why I Write”. It detailed his personal journey to becoming a writer. Orwell lists “four great motives for writing” which he feels exist in every writer. He explains that all are present, but in different proportions, and… Continue reading Why I Write

Devotional: You Are Never Too Old To Go For Your Dream

“The world stands aside,” said David Jordan, “to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.” Having a goal or dream applies to those, who learn where they are going late in life as well as for the young. At age 40, James Michener published his first book. He authored more than 50 titles… Continue reading Devotional: You Are Never Too Old To Go For Your Dream