Category Archives: Christmas

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … Continue reading

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Changes, But Not All for the Worse

So, in the time of COVID, how will our holidays be different? I can imagine that it has touched all of your celebrations, but take heart, with a story below.  If you need to be uplifted, feel free to skip … Continue reading

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Guest Tim Germain and “The Customs of Christmas”

Today, I bring you something interesting for the the beginning of the holiday season, as many people are starting their Christmas celebrations early this year. I also believe that with so many writers reading this blog, and Christmas being a … Continue reading

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No Rhyme or Reason

We’ve spoken and spoken here of the writing, (and sometimes, reading), doldrums which is a result of the world situation right now. We not only have a pandemic, which should certainly be bad enough, but the repercussions of it and … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Six

My evening reading has slowed a bit, because I’m trying to finish writing a book I started last November. I have lots of words, but no cohesive story, and it’s driving me insane – which makes it difficult to concentrate … Continue reading

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POP Go the References

When we were discussing advice to young, new or would-be writers, I omitted some pieces of advice. One is: Avoid ‘pop’ references. As far as I am concerned, they age your work and make it seem irrelevant very quickly. Of … Continue reading

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Dressing for the Occasion

I posed this week’s question: “Do you dress in any particular color or style for holidays or special days?” I believe that I was misunderstood by some. I did not meant to ask about ‘dressing-up’ for holidays. I wondered if … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Judy Ann Davis and A Musical Christmas Series

For most of my life, this time of year has always been full of music. I participated in my school’s band and orchestra and sang in the choir, as well as the choir and handbell group at church. I directed … Continue reading

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Random Sacks of Kindness

Announcing My Very First Christmas Novel By Jeff Salter First of all… Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and among family and/or friends on this special American holiday. Among the MANY, MANY things I have to … Continue reading

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Decoration Decorum

“How early do you start shopping/decorating for the holidays?” Shopping! How I miss the hustle and bustle of shopping centers decorated to the hilt and finding just the right gift for just the right person! I have been some distance … Continue reading

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