Category Archives: memories

Culture Shock in America I posed this question: Have you ever visited a part of the country where things were done as an older time, or were far more modern than you are accustomed? I haven’t been to anyplace that … Continue reading

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Towing the Line

“If one — and only one — of your stories would be adapted for the silver screen, which one would you select? Would you prefer to write the screenplay… or just watch from the sidelines while the studio uses whoever … Continue reading

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Reviewing a Childhood Classic

The Original Text of Boxcar Children By Jeff Salter On one of the FB groups (I belong to) where some of the “old-time” children’s series books are discussed, someone recently mentioned something about the original Boxcar Children series having been … Continue reading

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Funny,(and No So Funny), Family Facts

This week we are telling family stories that we hope get handed down in the family. I know a lot of family stories, (some of which I am not all that sure should be passed down!)  I have had to … Continue reading

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Story Time

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “Do you have a favorite story about your family that has been passed down, or one that you hope will get passed down?” My father’s family has only been in America since 1915, and most of … Continue reading

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Unskilled Labor of Love

The actual question of the week was one that I posed: “Do your characters tend to have skills that you have yourself? Do you write about people who do things that you wish that you could manage?” The answer to … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not…

“If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” I wracked my brain for a while on this one. I am without any question a bona fide bibliophile. I literally own … Continue reading

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Breakfast Paid

And I never figured out WHO paid it By Jeff Salter Interesting experience one morning (exactly three years ago) as I went out for breakfast (after my haircut). The place was more crowded than I’d ever seen it — every … Continue reading

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Gone, and Some Forgotten

Angie, the Tuesday Hound, asked: “Is there a book from your youth that you would love to have a copy of now?” I must have mentioned these before, since books have been a major part of my life.  My mother … Continue reading

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Cut and Paste

Get it? “Condensed” versions had ‘extra scenes’. EXTRA. I have read many a tedious book or parts that I skimmed through, (Elaine mentioned “War and Peace” earlier in the week; I could not have cared less from which direction Napoleon … Continue reading

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