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Welcome to THE LATTER HALF

Since I’m in my sixties, I can assume I’ve already lived at least half of my life, but what about the rest of it? What about the latter half? Things have happened during the past year that have forced me to think about my future. There is nothing we can do about aging. It happens…

Couple in Weed Field

Should Marijuana be Legalized?

People have been talking about the Cannabis Sativa hemp plant, otherwise known as marijuana or cannabis, pot, reefer, weed and a lot of other names, too. Why the buzz? Because some think its use should be legalized, while others staunchly disagree. To legalize or not is an emotional issue based on personal beliefs. If you…

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You’re Never Too Old to ____ (fill in the blank)

This post is directed to want-to-be novelists or want-to-be artists or want-to-be photographers or want-to-be pianists or want-to-be (you fill in the blank). Maybe you have a goal of reading every single Perry Mason mystery novel that has ever been written. Maybe you want to visit every city in the United States whose name begins…

Reconstructing Amelia

4 Reading Recommendations for YOU…

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately. Although I’ve done some writing, I’ve done more reading.  Here are four books you might consider sticking your nose in! Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: In short, it is a story about a mother trying to figure out why her teenaged daughter has committed suicide. The story is written in…

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The Direction of This Blog

The purpose of this blog has always been about my journey as it relates to writing. But the more I write, the more I realize my personal life is reflected in my writing, in the characters I develop and in the experiences my characters partake, and in the novels I choose to write. When I…

There Was an Old Woman

Review: THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN by Hallie Ephron

There Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron is a suspenseful story that might make you think of suspense in a different way. All of a sudden, a ninety year old woman who has always been self-sufficient can’t seem to take care of herself. Why?  That is where the suspense comes from, and I’m not saying anything…