Quotations On Nature

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

                                                                               John Muir

 

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“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”

                                                                             Anne Frank

 

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“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

                                                                  Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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Writers: Trust Yourself and Keep Writing!

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Hello to all of the writers who read this blog.

I have a simple message for you.

Trust in your abilities.

Have faith in your stories.

Keep dreaming.

Keep working.

Keep writing.

Never give up on your dreams.

Never give up on your writing.

You can do it.

 

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August Promote Your Book Party!

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We are now a little more than half-way through August, and I thought it was time again for a book promotion party!

I want to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This encompasses fiction, poetry, plays, and non-fiction. If I have neglected to mention a genre, please consider it to be included.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books. I will continue to do these parties every few weeks.

Thank you for participating!

Promote your books!

Spread the word!

Keep on writing!

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

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Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

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Available on Amazon

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Two Moons, Two Jane Yolen Books

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Here is another wonderful post from the excellent teacher–Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

The year was 1987.  I had been teaching preschool for three years.  I was immersed in children’s books, reading the great ones and the new ones.  That was the year I became picky about books, because what I read aloud to children made all the difference in the world.  I had mastered the art of stopping in the middle of reading to laugh, or cry, or to have an important conversation.  Reading aloud and knowing good books had become ‘my thing.’

1987 was also the year Jane Yolen wrote Owl Moon.  It won the coveted Caldecott Medal.  It is that good.

The book transformed my reading, or perhaps it transformed me.  I did far more than just read the words aloud.  Children went on a hunt outdoors to find bits and pieces of nature in order to create our own Owl Moon mural.  I remember showing children the illustrations…

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Books That Have Influenced Me: Part Two

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Among the many books that I have enjoyed or have had a large influence on my life are some that I discovered when I was young.  One of the most important such works is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings. This magnificent work, which is one novel, divided into three books: The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King, is not only the most important work of modern fantasy, but it is also the contemporary work of British mythology. It is, in my not so humble opinion, one of the most important novels of the 20th Century.

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Released in 3 parts from 1954 to 1955, this work has not only become an extraordinary bestseller, but also it influenced story-telling, writing, and movie making continually to the present day.

I was a young teenager when I read the book, deep in the heart of the Vietnam War era, in a time when everything was being questioned, and corruption was rampant in our society.  Actually, it has not seemed to change all that much, with the exception of the myriad of good and decent people who are trying to make positive contributions to our world.  This book captured my heart and mind immediately, and I have reread the entire book about once every ten years or so. I am due for another rereading soon.

Tolkien was a deeply important linguist, and he developed a new language—Elvish, complete with syntax, vocabulary, and an alphabet.  This work and his academic work would have made him one of the preeminent thinkers of the 20th Century. His writing of this novel puts him in the upper echelon of writers.

Almost any theme that can be considered is included in this work: life and death, good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, the consequences of the industrial age on an agrarian culture, the place of war, the importance of ordinary people as well as leaders, the hero and the quest, and the workings of the human heart are just a few that could be mentioned.  I have been concerned my entire life with the issue of good and evil and when evil must be confronted.  Tolkien, who fought in World War I and saw the horror of World War Two, examines this issue in depth.  For a world that experienced the twin terrors of those wars, Tolkien’s book becomes a place to examine how such fighting impacts people.

No matter how many times, I read this magnificent work, I never cease to be astounded by it. It is not a book intended for children, as The Hobbit is, as some have mistakenly thought. It is a work for adults and through the lens of fantasy, deals with extremely important human issues.

I am also pleased to say that I will be teaching The Lord Of The Rings in my course: Epics of Humanity at the Wescoe School–the adult evening college– of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA this coming fall semester.

I know I will read The Lord Of The Rings throughout the rest of my life.

In my next installment, I will discuss a particular play that has had huge impact on me.

Quotations on Ideas

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“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.”

                                                                John F. Kennedy

 

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“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”

                                                               Victor Hugo

 

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“One idea lights a thousand candles.”

                                                    Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Power of Story

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Here is a wonderful blog on the power of story from Mitch Teemley!

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“Tell ‘em there’s power in Story,” the old gnome whispered. “Power ter heal and power ter hurt. Tell ‘em ter use their stories ter heal.”

~from The Wishing Map

The above quote is the tagline for my life and the source of my blog site’s title. It’s a mission to which I recommit (however imperfectly I may fulfill it) Every Day

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