The Birth Of A Book – “Times Get Tougher”

This period in my life was akward.  The doctors still say that I am dying. The doctors still say that there is nothing they can do to alter that outcome. Yet – I kept breathing. Despite the doctors best efforts to declare me dead: I lived. My family was pensive. Me too. When the year 2007 came to an end, I was still alive. By the grace of God, I still  held a place on this earth. I...
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The Birth Of A Book – “Coming To Terms With My Death”

This particular post is a bit longer than usual.  In the posts, I was tackling the subject of hospice. For continuity’s sake, I thought these  posts needed to be shown together. While I am all in favor of a little suspense from time to time, in this instance I felt that separating the last two posts would disconnect the reader from the story. Four posts – two days. I sat at my...
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Guest Blog By Arlene Knickerbocker – ” Offering The Gift Of Feedback”

Offering The Gift Of Feedback by Arlene Knickerbocker Leadership and management expert Dr. Ken Blanchard said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Recently I found myself energized when I received an email message from someone who had read my latest nonfiction book. She told me how it had impacted her life and how she was sharing information she had learned with others. The sun seemed...
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The Birth Of A Book – “Crazy Wives Rule “

“The Birth Of A Book” series is a retrospective of the process I used for writing my memoirs.  At the time these posts were written, the notion of turning them into a book still had not crossed my mind.  The goal was to write down my memories the best I could – period. Reflecting on my battle with heart and lung disease was my way of dealing with it. Some people talk to...
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Guest Blog By Valerie Allen – “Book Covers And Spines”

 Book Covers & Spines by Valerie Allen   The front cover can sell your book. It must invite the readers’ attention, encourage them to select your book, get them to hold it in their hands, move them to flip through the pages, and help them decide to buy. A daunting task! Browse in bookstores, and observe patrons as they scan a book cover. How long do they view the cover before placing...
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