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Fundraising time at the schools again


I’ve written before about the fundraising done by both my kids’ schools and the Parent-Teacher Associations. It sometimes seems that every time you turn around someone is wanting money. But as annoying as that can be, I do understand that both these groups need the funds.This year with Jase at the middle school and Lexie at the elementary, there are twice as many opportunities to donate money.The middle school PTA basically just asks for money. They call it making a Greenback donation. They also do a silent auction during the school’s open house. Between the two events they bring in enough money to run the few programs they have planned for the year. (The middle school PTA does quite a bit w...
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CASTLE AND KINGS


CARCASSONE CASTLEAs we walked (well DH walked, I staggered) over the dry, grassy moat and the bridge to buy our entry tickets, I thought the castle was in a remarkably good condition considering it had been assembled in the XII century. It was built by the Trencavel family who added a bit more to it in the following century. Showing off how rich they were no doubt.An interesting family they turned a blind eye to the Cathars, who’d developed their own version of religion and so the Pope of the day declared a crusade under Simon de Montford who laid siege to the city.After all that was over, the town was declared French and they thought the castle would be very useful in manning the Franco/Spa...
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It's Halloween Season!--BACK 2 SCHOOL Paranormal--Some Awesome Books


REJOICE! The children are back in school.For those who live to read...here are some awesome books provided by the incredible authors who wrote them. All in celebration of the new school year.While a few of these books might be oldies, but goodies...others could be new and fresh off the presses.Relax and find your new favorite author.✯ ✯ ✯ ✯PARANORMALParanormal in traditional literary terms is related to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, such as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena.Please enjoy these books that focus on paranormal and all the sub-genres. The list is available in alphabetically order ...
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Watch Those Commas


The comma has become much misused by authors in the twenty-first century. It is sprinkled throughout run-on sentences and dropped hither and yon in shorter sentences. One can find the comma in many places it shouldn’t be; places where a period or semi-colon would work much better. The poor comma has no say in where it’s dropped and often protests by creating a grammar error for the author to see and possibly change to the correct usage.First, let’s examine the usage for a comma, direct from Oxford Dictionary:“A comma marks a slight break between different parts of a sentence. Used properly, commas make the meaning of a sentence clear by group and separating words, phrases, and clauses.They’r...
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Indie Authors – Are Your Books Selling?

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Well, are they? Are your books selling is a personal question to many indie authors. It is not a question often asked in public. It’s almost like asking a stranger, “Are your teeth false?” The reason I raise the question is twofold. One, I was recently contacted by an indie author who asked for help […]The post Indie Authors – Are Your Books Selling? appeared first on Stephen Bentley.Original link

Charity in Times of Disaster

How Can We Help You?The infamous words you here when you enter any charity, be it a church, a non-profit or even a place labeled as one that rehabilitates and restores, are "How can we help you?" But do most charities truly help, as Jesus did? or "The Good Samaritan?" (Luke 10:25-37) Let me ask you, when was the last time you needed help and had to go to a charity? Do you remember the process? Was the person taking your information warm, compassionate, offering unrelenting support and understanding? What was the aura of the place? Was it orderly, clean, and engaging? How long did you have to wait? Were there long lines, people skipping you, fighting? Were you told to come back, or were you a...
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CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA EARLY'S LIZ MCCALL


ABOUT THE BOOK Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, New York, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now a local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But ...
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3 Situations When a Family Tree is Important


Many people think of a family tree for use if you are researching your family history. While this is a beneficial use for it, there are many other ways you can use a family tree. Here are three other times when it can be an important part of your project or event.1. It Can Help Kids in SchoolA family tree doesn’t have to be just about your family. You can use it when kids are studying history in school. It’s often difficult to keep family names together when studying an era. A family tree can help kids see the relationships of the people they are learning about. For example, a lot of people get mixed up about what relation Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt were to each other. A fa...
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Butterfly Watercolour by Charu of a Monarch Butterfly by Nature Photographer Virginia Wright


Watercolour by Charu Jain of Virginia Wright’s Monarch Butterfly on Joe-Pye Weed Photograph.A week or so ago, I posted a Monarch butterfly photograph that I took in my bee and butterfly garden. Many of you know that one of my favorite things to do besides writing is photographing nature and foodstuff.  Well, on Facebook,  I posted this beautiful Monarch butterfly feasting on Joe-Pye Weed (below), and Charu Jain of Watercolour by Charu,  from Bangalore, India, messaged me that she would like to paint my photograph. I told her I didn’t mind, but if she used it anywhere, that I would like to be given credit for my photograph. :-) Charu agreed, and quickly got to work and created a beautiful wat...
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Some love affairs never end


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© Words and photos copyright Samantha van Dalen

Endless possibilities


I feel sorry for those who live in cities, cooped up in apartments without a view or a vista that propels the soul into a realm far beyond the ordinary. This evening sky symbolises all that it happening in my life: change, transience, new beginnings, hope. I would often open a book randomly and more often than not, would fall upon a page where exactly what was happening in my life was mirrored on the page. Nature is the book of life and here it is in all its glory. Guess what's happening to me.Evening walk with the hounds. Photo copyright SvD.Original link

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© Words and photos copyright Samantha van Dalen

ANNOUNCEMENT: Children’s Book Promotion Party, October 11th, 2017


I’m excited to be part of the October 11th Children’s Book Promotion. On party day, there will be a lot of discounted and free books available from various authors here. I will introduce everyone to Timothy the Christmas Mouse by way of a “FREE” eBook which you will be able to get here on the day of the event (https://www.amazon.com/Timothy-Christmas-Mouse-Virginia-Wright-ebook/dp/B01858V55M). Timothy the Christmas Mouse is now available in paperback and due to popular demand, an adorably illustrated coloring book companion was created. I hope you like the eBook so much you want to buy the storybook in paperback and the coloring book. I want to make note that the eBook does not do the paperb...
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Studying archaeology for fun and profit

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I often write about the joys of doing research for what we are writing.In general, I tend to do a lot of research “on the fly” when writing short fiction – like using Google to find out what’s the most popular brand of beer in Arkansas or the timetables of trains to and from Paris.So, when I am writing short fiction – or when I get major doubts while cleaning up a first draft – my first stops are, unsurprisingly, Google and Wikipedia, with Pinterest (now that I can access it again) as the go-to place for visual references, and YouTube for action-related info.For longer works, I still rely on books, and as far as online resources are concerned, I go for a MOOC whenever possible.I think it was...
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Excerpt from The Lost Great Dane


The Lost Great Dane is the first novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott opened Lost and Found Pets because she loves animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.While searching for a lost cat, Alex finds a weak and injured Great Dane. The dog has no collar, no tags, and no microchip. And the only person looking for him is a man who might have murdered his own wife.Within 24 hours, Alex has a hunted dog, a cryptic message, and a hitman on her tail. She realizes the only way out of this mess is to solve the mystery of the lost Great Dane.Excerpt:I took Simba back inside and got him settled in the laundry room. I then washed Hero and cleaned the mud tracks fr...
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#Book Signing + Bingo! #Falmouth #CapeCod Cape Cod Events


Silver Lake is a reunion romance...but Brandy's ghost has a messageto share...a #1 Kindle Bestseller!As a fan of all things spooky, October is one of my favorite months...and, as usual, I have a lot going on this month, both writing-related and personal!  This past weekend had me traveling to Maryland (again), this time for my 30th High School Reunion.  This is something I've planned every five years since graduation, not because I was an officer, but because someone needed to do it, and I think reconnecting with old friends is important.  There's a special bond between people who grew up together, in my opinion, and some of the people attending were in my kindergarten class.     Those are a...
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Meet A Scarlet Woman’s Isobel Stevens

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Isobel Stevens is twenty-two years old. She was born in County Galway, Ireland, the youngest of two children of the Reverend Edmund Stevens, a Church of Ireland (Anglican) clergyman, and his wife, Martha. Her parents’ marriage was an unhappy one. Reverend Stevens was a cruel and vindictive man who beat, not only his wife but his children, too.Despite his cruelty, Reverend Stevens wanted what was best for his children. Both Isobel and her elder brother, Alfie, were well-educated. Alfie was sent to Harrow public school in London, England while at the age of twelve, Isobel was sent to Cheltenham Ladies College in Gloucestershire, England. With Isobel’s beauty and education, Reverend Stevens hop...
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Dark-haired beauties in red

Giovanni Boldini http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com
I will not make it to the art exhibit in the Royal Palace of Venaria, dedicated to the work of Giovanni Boldini.Time is short, money is tight, and one needs to make choices.The up side is, thanks to the web, it is easy to create our own art exhibit – granted, it’s not the same as the real thing, but it’s still better than sitting in front of the local bar, waiting for death (which seems to be the usual pastime hereabouts).Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) was a weird chap – and is portrayed here by the side with Marquess Casati and another guy during a masked ball. Boldini is the one that does not fit in.Boldini was born in Italy, in Ferrara, but traveled to London first and then to Paris, where ...
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Will I be sorry I threw out my old photos?

Will I be sorry I threw out my old photos?
 I spent the last two days going through three huge boxes of old photos from the pre-computer days with the original intent of scanning them to my computer.Instead I threw the vast majority into the recycle bin.Why?The photos were not the greatest quality as I didn’t have a good camera in those days.I’m not and never have been a good photographer. I blame this on poor eyesight and (more accurately) lack of real interest.I had three questions as I looked through the pictures. Where is this? What is this? Who is this? If I couldn’t answer even one of those questions, I junked the photo.Very often a fourth question came to mind. Why ever did I take this picture? And to the junk pile it went.Wha...
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Could you punch a puppy?

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We’ll get onto puppies in a minute. First I want to talk about clichés and jargon. A cliché, in case you need reminding, is any word or expression that has lost much of its force through overuse. The word comes from the French – clicher – to stereotype. Jargon is specialised language for self selecting groups etc, often characterised by pretentious syntax or vocabulary. (Possibly from the Latin or old French for ‘confused talk’.)The language of business is full of clichés and jargon. Some phrases, that might have sounded quite fresh and clever at the first conference where they were used – going for the low hanging fruit was an original concept once – soon become another piece of overused ja...
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Friendships


     Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Week two of October finds us delving into yet more paranormal stories with one about friendship and how long those bonds can last. Just because men and women are friends doesn’t necessarily mean there has to be a romantic relationship. That’s the case in this story, when Mia and Jax are bound together to solve a mystery—of how she disappeared and where she is.  Get Finding Mia on Amazon!  Every year, Mia and Jax head on over to Camp Watchee Watchee for quality time away from their parents. Neither of these teens really likes being dumped in a summer camp in the mountains but the despise hanging around with their parents even more.  When she doesn’t show up ...
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