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Old Man, Look at My Life*

Literary Themes Subconsciously Rooted in Childhood Insecurity and salvation. These two themes recur often, yet unplanned, in the fiction and poetry I write. They usually emerge from a character’s self-doubt, countered by an unrealistic belief that situations, no matter how

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Montessori Rules ~ A Tribute to Peggie Ann Kilpatrick

On rare occasion, we realize upfront a person is special. Peggie Ann Kilpatrick was such a person. When our daughter Tegan turned three, Bonnie and I decided to place her in a preschool for socialization and early education. Our acquaintances’

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Personal Experience Effect

No matter the effort to avoid it, personal experience—from the drama of relatives to political shenanigans—creeps into every writer’s work, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction. The Confederate flag hoopla and the fight for and against the rights of people of

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Common Sense Be Damned

As a writer of fiction and creator of characters, I’ve advocated for the use of common sense as saving grace, the obvious right way to function in the world, to react to situations, to make things better, to succeed. Boy,

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White Trash & Southern explores joys, sorrows of living

Collecting 232 poems spanning more than three decades, White Trash& Southern explores the beauty, joys, challenges, and sadness thatencompass life. From the book’s cover: “Poetry in this data-saturated age is not, for most, a viable way to make a living.

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The Willful Ignorance Factor: Denial in Fiction and Reality

He stands on the tracks. “There is no train.” The rails tremble. “There is no train.” The whistle blasts. “There is no…” Tick. Characters in the fiction I write reflect qualities and values of people I’ve met along the way.

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