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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 14 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Karen Ingalls and her moving short story, NATURE SPEAKS. Karen Ingalls NATURE SPEAKS By Karen Ingalls Whydid my life spiral into darkness in a second? One minute I am married to mysoulmate, a mother to a beautiful daughter, and owner of a successfulbookstore. My friends asked me, “How do you have the perfect life? It isso easy for you.” They were right. I had the perfect life. Myhusband was an engineer, and I opened a bookstore naming it Mile HighBooks offering old and new books, coffee or tea. Leather chairs andcouches provided comfort to the patr...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 13 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Suzanne Burke and her exciting short story, THURSDAY’S CHILD. Suzanne Burke THURSDAY’S CHILD By Suzanne Burke © Copyright 2019 She hadn’t really intended this to happen. Oh, sure,she’d thought about it often enough, but thinking about something didn’tmake it a crime. A convergence of circumstances had prompted her choice. Regretwas such an outmoded commodity. She checked if her latex gloves fit well and flicked her dark-eyed gaze across to where Peter Cameron lay, still and silent. “You brought this on yourself, Peter. Did you think me a complete f...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 12 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Fiza Pathan and her powerful short story, THE STAR PUPIL’S DIARY ENTRY. Fiza Pathan The Star Pupil’s Diary Entry by Fiza Pathan Dear Diary, I had a wonderful day at school today. I got a star and I’mgoing to tell you all about it. I’m eight years old, but I’m the tallest boy in the class. I, and the other kids in my neighborhood study at the school down the block. Actually, our school was once something terrible; it was a disgusting Christian church, something called “Catholic.” The school officials tore it down and made it into a proper school for...
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The Lost Years of Billy Battles wins a Book Excellence Award


I am proud to announce that my book, The Lost Years of Billy Battles was just named a Book Excellence Award Winner in the Historical Fiction/Faction Category. Out of hundreds of books that were entered into the  Book Excellence Awards  competition, Lost Years was selected for its high-quality writing, design, and overall market appeal. To view my complete award listing, you can visit:  https://honorees.bookexcellenceawards.com/#!/The-Lost-Years-of-Billy-Battles-Faction/p/143373851/category=36034730 The book was released in 2018 as the third in the Finding Billy Battles trilogy, which tells the story of a mysterious man’s incredible 100-year-long life of adventure, peril, transgression, and r...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 11 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 11 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Beem Weeks and his short story, DYING FOR A KISS. Beem Weeks Dying for a Kiss By Beem Weeks It’s like one of thosestories you’d read about in Ripley’sBelieve It or Not. I mean, who ever heard of anybody dying from a kiss?Seriously! But that’s what happened to me—well, except for the dying part. Twoweeks in the hospital—that’s the souvenir I brought back from myspring break. Okay,let me back up to the beginning. Myparents’ hushed words pierce the wall that separates their bedroom from mine.This particular conversation doesn’t warrant status as an ar...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 10 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 10 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Jan Sikes and her short story, SHE DANCES WITH A MEMORY. Jan Sikes SHE DANCES WITH A MEMORY By JAN SIKES Gertrude McNabb placed a gnarled hand onher arthritic back as she bent over to take a chocolate cake from the oven. Sheinhaled the sweet aroma and put it on a rack to cool. A black-and-white photograph of adark-haired man with twinkling eyes sat nearby on the cabinet. “This is foryou, Hiram. I didn’t forget it was your birthday. It’s your favorite. I’ll alwaysremember how your face would light up when I baked this special recipe for you.” Gertru...
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A commencement speech that every college graduate should hear


Unfortunately, this commencement speech has never been given, but it should be. It was written by former syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz in protest of never having been invited to give a commencement address. It became the springboard for his first book, “The Commencement Speech You Need to Hear.” Later he produced an audio CD of the speech complete with crowd noise and applause, which was aired on his radio program. Read on. You won’t be disappointed. Neal Boortz “I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It’s about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you’ll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tasse...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 9 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 9 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Mary Adler and her short essay & poem, BLACK NOTES BEAT. Mary Adler BLACK NOTES BEAT By Mary Adler I have studied and observed crowsfor years, and the more I’ve learned about them, the more I admire theircomplex family and flock relationships. They are intelligent, create and usetools, and they teach their skills to other crows. As Rev. Henry Ward Beechersaid, “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be cleverenough to be crows.” Over the years, I have told myfamily and friends more than they ever wanted to know about crows. One ...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 8 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 8 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Wendy Scott and her short story, THE AWAKENING. Wendy Scott The Awakening (An excerpt from ‘Prophecy and Pirates’ my unpublished first fantasy novel). by Wendy Scott Evarna gazed at the tinker’s sleeping form and resisted the urge to trail her fingertips through Rick’s locks. For both their sakes she had to leave now before he awoke. They lived in contrasting worlds; he roamed the forest with a free spirit, but as an aristocrat’s bastard, she battled the protocols and restrictions of the Baron’s Court. As satisfying as this romantic interlude had be...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 7 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 7 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure today to introduce author Nonnie Jules and her poem, SILENT TEARS SILENT TEARS by Nonnie Jules I cry these silent tears for her For her loss, for her pain, for her heart Breaking when she looks into their eyes Her children – she feels their loss, their pain, their heartsbreaking. The memories – the hardest Yet, there’s no getting away from the reminders ofwhat used to be. There once was a HE HE sat, parented, loved, even laughed Yes, towards all ends there is laughter some say But his chair is empty now Just as their hearts Hollow as the tree he chose. He left it all t...
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Thoughts from a hipster coffee shop…


I am re-posting a commentary from a young woman–a millennial–named Alyssa Ahlgren. Her views are certainly antithetical to most of her millennial comrades who have decided socialism is the path to the future. Take a look. She makes a lot of sense. By Alyssa Ahlgren I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of political candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it d...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 6 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 6 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Linda Mims and her short story, SOLACE. Linda Mims Solace by Linda Mims Eighteen precocious kindergartners stared as Carly walkedinto the colorfully decorated classroom. Carly hoped her smile was more reassuringthan she felt. Was this a mistake? She spotted two six-year-olds who’dbeen in her charge on the first field trip she’d chaperoned. They gave her afriendly wave, and a true smile parted Carly’s pursed lips and lightened her heart. Ms. Jones, the principal, asked all of the children to filearound and shake hands with Carly, but some of them hug...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 5 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 5 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Gwen Plano and her short story, THE ROSARY. Gwen Plano THE ROSARY By Gwen M. Plano Young or old, we are all children at heart. This truthbecame apparent to me last December when I had neurosurgery. Prior to the operation, a clerk handed me a stack ofdocuments to sign—billing forms for the hospital and the doctors and several medicalrelease forms that included a list of potential risks. My apprehension grew asI fingered through the papers and provided my signature. It was then that I wishedthat my mom could be with me. Like any child, I thought she c...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 4 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 4 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author Rhani D’Chae and an excerpt from her upcoming novel, WINTER OF THE DRILL. Rhani D’Chae EXCERPT FROM UPCOMING NOVEL, “WINTER OF THE DRILL” By Rhani D’Chae Decker leaned againstthe hood of his car, talking to JT in a low tone of voice. His face wore apleasant expression, and a casual observer would have had no clue as to the seriousnessof their conversation.    “Second floor, third from the left?”     JTnodded without turning, keeping his eyes focused on Decker’s face. “That’swhat Hunt said, and it does make sense.”    “Areyou sure?”     The boyclosed...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 3 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 3 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, where each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author A.M. Manay and her short story, MIRROR, MIRROR. A.M. MANAY MIRROR, MIRROR [Set in the world of The Hexborn Chronicles] By A. M. Manay Shiloh stood in her teacher’s doorway,pulling anxiously on the end of a pink braid that had snuck out of her hood.Brother Edmun was in high dudgeon, ranting about insults and ingrates. A woodencrate sat upon the table, straw peeking through the slats. She could feel magicpouring out of it like waves of heat; itwasn’t dark magic, but it didn’t feel like good magic, either. “Master?” she ventured. “Would you like meto m...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 2 #RRBC #RWISA

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Welcome to Day 2 of the #WatchRWISAWrite Showcase, each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce author D.L. Finn and her collection of poetry, entitled POETRY II. D.L. Finn POETRY II By D.L. Finn ICICLES  The iciclesdangle downward Reaching forthe substantial snow Each dropbringing them closer As thelandscape merges into itself It is silentin its existence Until araven reveals itself Wonderingwhat’s in the trash Yet, themoment remains peaceful Sitting andsurveying in the chill An instantpromising potential When thereis no celerity Whencrackling fires call Whensurroundings are concealed Soon, therenewal will be revealed But now it’sthe stage of contemplatio...
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Welcome to the WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour! Day 1 #RRBC #RWISA


Welcome to Day 1 of the #WatchRWISAWrite RWISA  Showcase, each day I will feature a different author. Today, it’s my pleasure to start off the tour with John W. Howell and his short story, The Road. John W. Howell The Road By John W. Howell Just a couple more hours and I’ll be able to rest myeyes. Been on this damn highway for what seems like forever. His headslowly nods until the rumble strip noise causes him to jerk awake. “I have beenasleep,” he yells. He yanks the wheel, and the tires screech in protest as heswerves back on to the highway. He can feel his heart in his chest and pressurein his eyes. In an instant, he regrets being so weak as to give in to thephysical need. He also becomes...
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THE LITTLE KNOWN STORY OF LEICA & GERMANY’S JEWS


I ran across this story not long ago and put it aside until I could do some of my own reporting. It tells of how Ernst Leitz II who headed E. Leitz, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the Leica Camera, Germany’s most famous photographic product, defied the Nazi’s and saved scores of German Jews. As with most of the public, I wasn’t aware of the story. Now, I am pleased to share it. The Leica was the first globally popular 35mm camera. It’s a German product – precise, minimalist, and utterly efficient. Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era, acted with uncommon grace, generosity, and modesty. E. Leitz Inc., desig...
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PROGRESSIVISM & THE RISE OF THE INTOLERANT LEFT


The following column appeared in my local newspaper the other day. It is well written and thought-provoking—two areas that I like to focus on in my blog, so I am sharing it with you today. The author is Joel Kotkin, executive director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism. You can learn more about him at the end of this post. By Joel Kotkin In the past, the right, notably the segment affiliated with religious belief, was closely associated with censorship and control of thought. Today, enforced orthodoxy derives primarily from the left, emboldened by near total control of the media, university curricula, and cultural products. Remarkably, a recent study by the Atlantic found t...
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“Scoop:” A Classic Satire About Foreign Correspondents

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(I continue to receive requests that I repost my piece on Evelyn Waugh’s “Scoop,” the classic book that lampoons foreign correspondents.  Here it is. Enjoy.) If you have never read Evelyn Waugh’s wonderful satire of British journalism entitled “Scoop,” get thee to Amazon or to a bookstore and buy the book. You won’t be disappointed. “Scoop” ranks number 60 of the 100 best novels of all time. For good reason. It’s fast, funny, wonderfully written, and most of all in an era online journalism, blogs, and social media it still has an undeniable ring of relevance and truth about it even though it was published in 1938.       Evelyn Waugh The book is based partly on Waugh’s own experiences as a gr...
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