I am in deep shock and horror at the attacks in Paris.  My thoughts and prayers are with all in France after this horrific and nearly unbelievable event.  This was an act of evil.

My deepest condolences to everyone who was affected. I stand with France.

A Veterans Day Salute



Today is Veterans Day, and I simply wanted to offer my thank you to all the men and women who have served or are serving our country in the Armed Forces.

This day began with Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, which ended the First World War. Congress formalized Armistice Day as a national holiday in 1938. After World War II and The Korean War, the day was renamed Veterans Day, and it serves as a time to honor all of those who have served or are serving.

Please let it be a day of honor and thanks, not one of special sales deals. It is a day to recognize the commitment, duty, sacrifice, and service of the men and women who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces.


Blogger Recognition Award!



Thank you very much to A Not So Jaded Life, who has a wonderful blog that I enjoy reading very much.  Your blog is always interesting, and thank you again for this nomination.

I began my blog over a year ago to write about my thoughts on reading, writing, and other literary issues. I also hoped to connect to people who shared similar thoughts and concerns. Along the way I have been fortunate to encounter many wonderful people with blogs about a myriad of ideas, themes, and issues. I enjoy not only writing about what my original ideas were but also new and more diverse topics.

Again, I have been very fortunate to meet many interesting people with wonderful blogs.

A piece of advice for other bloggers: Keep reading all you can, continue writing as much as you are able, and enjoy every day to the fullest possible–carpe diem!

Rules of the Blogger Recognition Award:

• Post an image of the award.
• Thank the person who nominated you and their blog, and link back to that blog.
• Explain briefly how you started your blog.
• Give a piece of advice to fellow bloggers.
• Nominate other bloggers for the award–as many as you wish, and notify them of their nomination.

My nominees:

Kate M. Colby

Susanna Sturgis


Running After 50

Kat Kent

Beverly A. Young

In My Cluttered Attic

Russell J. Fellows


Mitch Teemley

Marc Valle


Wallace W. Cass Jr.


Mitch Goldfarb

Again, thank you to A Not So Jaded Life

Walt Whitman Teaches Us to Question Everything




I have taught Walt Whitman in several classes, and this excerpt is from his introduction to the 1855 First Edition of Leaves of Grass.



Whitman was one of the greatest American poets and has been called the Bard of Democracy. He challenged the existing views of normalcy in the United States across a wide range of topics. We live in a time, perhaps even more than in the 1800s, when great pressure exists to conform to what society defines normalcy to be. I believe it is crucial for individuals to find out who they are, for what they have passions, and what they believe. With this thought in mind, I want to share this small excerpt:

“re-examine all you have been told at church or school or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem”



Whitman shattered the conventions of his time, and his admonition to us to question everything is as important today as it was in the mid-1800s.



Please, keep Whitman’s idea in mind, and question everything.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award



Thank you to Laura for nominating me for the Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award! I am honored to be given this nomination by a blogger who is creative, kind, and whose blog deals with many important and interesting family issues and concerns. Again, thank you!

The Rules:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.

2.) Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.

3.) Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).

4.) Create ten questions for your nominees, and notify them of their nominations.

My answers:

When did you begin writing for enjoyment?

This is a difficult question because I have been writing in various capacities most of my life, but I committed to being a novelist about 4 years ago, maybe 5, and I love writing fiction.

Who is your favorite philosopher and why?

My favorite philosopher is Socrates, because he believed that questioning everything is the basis of wisdom. I have tried to live my life in the pursuit of knowledge through questioning, and I believe it is crucial for any society to have many people who question the status quos of that society in order to grow and be healthy.

Why do you write?

I write fiction because I have many stories to tell.  I have to keep the newest novels lined up and waiting their turns to be drafted.  I love telling stories, hearing stories, and reading stories. I think it is the one essential art form.

What is hardest part about the writing process for you?

I understand the importance of revision; I am currently working on the 8th draft of my horror novel Evil Lives After, but revision is the hard work of writing.  Drafting the first draft is fun and exciting; revision, which is crucial, is difficult and often tedious.

Do you find you’re bummed out when you finish a good book?

Yes! When I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time, even though it is very long, I wanted it to keep going, because I loved the world of this book and its characters.  Tolkien had me completely drawn in, and I don’t think that I have ever left Middle Earth completely.

My Nominees

*Kate Colby

Kate is an excellent writer and blogger.  Please check out her site and her new novel: The Cogsmith’s Daughter

*A Not So Jaded Life This is a wonderful blog with moving and useful quotations and discussions of writing.

*Prof Mitch

Mitch has an inspirational blog with powerful quotations and questions.

*Never Less Than Everything

Tricia and Richard write an impressive blog about autism, autistic rights, and life.

*Zombie Salmon

K.C. Redding-Gonzalez has an erudite blog about issues of the writing of horror fiction.

*Bold Blind Beauty Stephanae V. McCoy writes an inspiration blog about facing the challenges of life.

*G.P. Cox Mr. Cox has an excellent post on the history of the military during the Pacific War.

*Michelle Saul

Michelle is a strong writer, and her blog deals with many aspects of writing and reading.

*Tadhg  This is a wonderful blog by a teenager who is honest and open about being a teenage Aspie.

*Cindy Knoke Cindy’s blog features stunning photography and commentary.

My questions:

1.) What is your favorite book and why?

2.) Do you prefer ebooks or physical books?

3.) What do you enjoy most about blogging?

4.) What is your favorite season of the year?

5.) What is your favorite holiday?

6.) Do you have a favorite quotation about writing or life?

7.) Do you like have pets? If so, what kind?

8.) What is the last book you read?

9.) What are your writing or artistic goals?

10.) What is a perfect day for you?