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Struglend Tales

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Struglend Tales is the first book in The Struglend Saga, a series of comedy fantasy books written by Jan Jacob Mekes.
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Amazon.com: Sharla Lee Shults: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

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Visit Amazon.com's Sharla Lee Shults Page and shop for all Sharla Lee Shults books and other Sharla Lee Shults related products (DVD, CDs, Apparel).
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MADD (Mothers against Drunk Drivers) endorsement and review of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang, by viewer and victim's advocate, John M. Evens in MADDvocate Magazine

MADD (Mothers against Drunk Drivers) endorsement and review of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang, by viewer and victim's advocate, John M. Evens in MADDvocate Magazine | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Micki Peluso invites you into her innermost self where she shares hilarious ventures along with the deepest of sorrow. It is a story of undying love and devotion to her family amidst a plethora of hardships and choices. From the beginning of her book to the very end you will be turning the pages in anticipation of what could possibly happen next. It is a hard book to put down so once you start be sure you have plenty of time for reading. And, of course, have a box of Kleenex on hand for the laughter will bring on tears and the sorrow will send you to your knees in prayer with and for her, as well as her family.

 

~5-stars, reviewed by Sharla Shults, author of Awakenings from Then 'til Now.


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As per my review noted above, I highly recommend reading this heart-warming account of love, loss, happiness and sorrow ending with an undying spiritual gift of hope .

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mickipeluso's curator insight, September 6, 2013 7:09 PM
I encourage you to get your copy and find a quiet place to absorb Micki's true-life memories, which urge us "to Weep...To Laugh...To Grieve...To Dance" John M. Evans: National Victim Services MAADhttp://www.amazon.com/Whippoorwill-Sang-Micki-Peluso/dp/1466497076/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347680072&sr=1-1&keywords=Micki+Peluso
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Thisis a wonderful book review which gives the reader an insight into this book--one that needs to be read by every person who drinks and drives and those whose lives were destroyed by that. 

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We Are Not Alone by Maggie Tideswell | The Write Room Blog

We Are Not Alone by Maggie Tideswell | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Ghosts and apparitions have held great interest to humankind through all the ages. At first, ghosts of the dearly departed were accepted as fact and formed part of everyday life and rituals, but as we became gradually more technologically sophisticated, so the skepticism grew. It is a basic instinct to fear what one doesn’t understand or can’t reasonably explain.

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All you have to do is experience a ghostly encounter for all doubt to be erased. A perfect example of seeing is believing! I saw, I believe!

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Resurrection Sunday | The Write Room Blog

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Resurrection Sunday by Yves N. Johnson, the Founder of Christ Is My Savior Ministries, LLC. We look at Resurrection Sunday as the most pivotal moment in life. The focus in this article is on the question, "What's next?"

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This is a thoughtful and spiritual piece of writing that promotes introspection, examining the growth potential within each of us.

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What the Hell is Wrong with Me? by John B. Rosenman | The Write Room Blog

What the Hell is Wrong with Me? by John B. Rosenman | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

I was teaching my 9 a.m. World Literature class about three years ago, when I noticed my brain was floating about five feet above my shoulders.  What’s more, it wasn’t floating in a good way.  I felt disconnected, disembodied, unreal.

 

What in the world was happening to me?

 

I was nearing seventy, a full professor of English, and planning to retire from Norfolk State University after forty-five years of teaching.  I had never experienced anything like this before.  Should I excuse my class early and lie down, or be a man and soldier on?

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It’s a small price to pay for staying alive.

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Focus is Everything by C.C. Bye | The Write Room Blog

Focus is Everything by C.C. Bye | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

One summer, when I was working at the top of  the Arctic Archipelago in an eight-person settlement known as Eureka, an iceberg ran aground in the strait between Ellesmere and Axel-Heiberg Islands. I enjoyed the novelty of having a mountain of ice parked outside my window, but I must admit it soon became just another part of the scenery. The same thing happened with the wolves who hunted us every time we left the confines of our buildings, and with the rabbits who achieved such tremendous speeds when racing our enclosed snow cruiser that they were able to bound along upright, front legs never touching the ground. Such strange and beautiful sights become mundane when they occur too often.

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Attitude has everything to do with what happens in your life and the choices that you make. It’s too easy to have a pity party which doesn’t accomplish anything. But, if your attitude is right, then life can be interesting, challenging, AND fun!

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April Fools’ | The Write Room Blog

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Dear Readers, while April Fool's Day may have passed, the humor never dies!

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ALCOHOLISM By Mary Firmin | The Write Room Blog

ALCOHOLISM By Mary Firmin | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

I’m sure most will agree that Alcoholism is a Family Disease. Most families have at least one member of the family who is probably alcoholic. Crazy Uncle Joe who is always falling down at Holiday Parties; cuckoo Aunt Sally who rarely leaves home but always accepts the deliveries from her local liquor store. And, even more sadly, there are the young people: sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, and cousins, some who are afflicted with a drug addiction or even dual addictions. But addiction is all the same: A KILLER! It kills hopes, dreams, potential, expectations, family relationships, and sometimes even the addict himself. 

 

I know of many families who have lost a son or a daughter to an overdose. or to a long prison sentence for mistakes they made while under the influence. You just have to look at the list of celebrities who have lost family members to this dreaded DISEASE. And it is a disease. It is an allergy of the mind, body and spirit to an addictive substance, whatever that may be. Alcoholism is cunning, baffling and powerful. It is the one and only disease that tells you don’t have it. Some scientists now believe that Alcoholism is GENETIC. While the studies are promising, the exact gene has not yet been discovered.  Whether it is inherited or caused by environmental conditions, no one knows for sure, but the investigation is ongoing and every day we learn something more about this often fatal diseas

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If you, a friend, or someone in your family has a problem with Alcohol or Drugs there is an amazing amount of help out there—and you can beat it if you WANT to!

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The Contrary Canadian | The Write Room Blog

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A casual hike in the early 1980′s changed the course of my life. I was a meteorological technician stationed at Alert, a Canadian military site on the upper tip of Ellesmere Island—just a few hundred miles from the North Pole.

 

I’d persuaded an army buddy to accompany me on a prospecting trip for some of the unique black crystals that were on display at the base. We spent a few hours working our way through a maze of gullies, fording ice-rimmed streams, even crossing paths with a herd of reindeer. Another thirty minutes of walking over relatively level bench land saw us arrive in a narrow valley formed by the bases of the twin mountains we’d chosen as our destination.

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A look into the road less traveled...

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The Bench By Delinda McCann | The Write Room Blog

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Featured @ The Write Room is The Bench By Delinda McCann.

 

The old woman saw the bench sitting alone and thought it looked lonely sitting there beside the path through the woods. She rested her weary body on it and patted its moss-covered wood in gratitude for this respite on her daily walk.

 

She sat and let her eyes flutter closed as her mind drifted into the past.  She remembered the red dress she wore the night she first saw Carl.  Her lips curved in the slightest of smiles as she remembered her young love–so tall and strong.  She chuckled in her mind as she remembered how he couldn’t take is eyes off of her.  She snorted.  “He couldn’t take his eyes off of my breasts is more like it.”  Her memories gave her energy enough to push herself to her feet and move on.

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The Disappearing Frying Pan by Clayton Clifford Bye | The Write Room Blog

The Disappearing Frying Pan by Clayton Clifford Bye | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

The young pilot who picked him up at dawn hit the tops of the trees with his pontoons during take-off, grinning from ear to ear all the while. Not that Mike Money really minded. After a night at Webequie he was happy to see anyone. The place bothered him. He was pretty sure it was haunted...


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A well crafted story. Even if it is fictional, it accurately depicts how such an event would have played out.

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Turning Winter Into Summer by Linda Hales | The Write Room Blog

Turning Winter Into Summer by Linda Hales | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

If you despair of the severe winter weather and dream of escape to warmer climes but a real life break is out of the question, you are not alone. After all, kids must attend school, many stay back to mind the store and there are any number of reasons why we are forced to remain at home and brave the elements. Still, tempers run short and sore backs prevail from shoveling that sidewalk one too many times.


But hey, who among us doesn’t have a vivid imagination, sufficient to take us wherever we wish to go? I know that I do and dedicate this space to the fantasies of a few talented writers who will paint their vacation masterpieces to share with you, each in his or her unique style and fervency. The authors who have contributed their short stories each have a fresh take on their own ideal vacation escapade.

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Summer and vacations go together like apple pie and ice cream! Spring time begins, school ends with autumn not far ahead, but it is summer that lies in between!

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About Love… | The Write Room Blog

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Love – Ah the joy of it. But also the cruel vicissitudes love brings to our lives. I have invited some of the Write Room log members to join me in celebrating love, its joys and its pains.           –Kenneth Weene

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Love from the heart- it is what holds us together and tears us apart!

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Publishers Are Giving Away Bestsellers For Free - The Book Insider

Publishers Are Giving Away Bestsellers For Free - The Book Insider | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Last year, Random House decided to give away Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, for free for one week. The eBook freebie ran on the 10-year anniversary of The Da Vinci Code, and a few weeks before the release of Brown’s new book, Inferno.

 

Why did Random House give away a national bestselling eBook that usually retails for $9.99? The promotion was very deliberate, with the goal of hooking new readers on Brown’s thrillers and drumming up interest for Inferno. In fact, the eBook included the prologue and first chapter of Inferno.

 

Enter BookBub. BookBub is a daily email service that alerts readers to limited time promotions of free or deeply discounted eBooks across a variety of platforms. BookBub notified nearly 1 million readers of the free Da Vinci Code deal last spring, and many took advantage.

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“It’s the Groupon of books,” Dominique Raccah, the publisher of Sourcebooks, told The New York Times about deal sites like BookBub. “For the consumer, it’s new, it’s interesting. It’s a deal and there isn’t much risk. And it works.”

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May Day Serenade | The Write Room Blog

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Sally Morrison shifted her weight to the right, steadied her hand upon the cumbersome wooden cane and warily lifted her frail body from the over-stuffed beige recliner, letting out an unconscious mandatory groan of willfulness. Once upright, her hand fleeted to wipe a stray, graying strand of hair from her left eye as she proceeded, systematically, toward the entranceway door. Careful to keep her balance, she turned the door handle to the right and exited onto the front porch.

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What a heart-warming story -  a wonderful and pleasurable gesture of love. For more on May Day, read Micki Peluso’s article, Merry Month of May: http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-merry-month-of-may.html

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Algarve, Portugal, 24/25 April 1974 | The Write Room Blog

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Algarve, Portugal, 24/25 April 1974 by Bryan Murphy, who is currently working on a novel set in Portugal in the 1970s. This article is an extract from that work in progress.

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Reading the excerpt will leave you anticipating the finished novel.

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Celebrating Faith edited by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog

Celebrating Faith edited by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

Members of The Write Room Blog contribute short pieces about celebration of faith.

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Even though the Easter 'season' has passed, its impact follows us everyday throughout the year. Gone, but never forgotten!

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The Gentle King in our Midst By T. R. Heinan | The Write Room Blog

The Gentle King in our Midst By T. R. Heinan | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

On April 6, 1984, hell supplanted purgatory in the African nation of Rwanda. That day, news of the president’s assassination became the catalyst for one of the most horrific, shameful, and grotesque crimes of the 20th century.  In less than 100 days, nearly a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu men, women and children in Rwanda were hacked to death with machetes or riddled with bullets, while U.N. “peacekeepers” stood ideally by and world leaders refused to intervene.

 

What made this massacre – this genocide – so difficult to understand was that this was not a religious war.  Both sides claimed to be Christians.  Indeed, it required identity cards to distinguish one group from the other. 

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A fascinating look at African history and the damage done to Africa by European colonialists.

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Honeymoon – Rhodesian Style | The Write Room Blog

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Today's story is a true story from Trish Jackson who writes emotive romantic suspense focusing on small towns, country folk and animals.

 

We were excited and filled with confidence that balmy summer morning, the first day of our life together. My new husband whistled as he maneuvered the Jeep deftly around the steep curves that would lead us down to Forbes Border Post where we would cross out of Rhodesia and into Mozambique. The freshness from the previous afternoon’s thunderstorm lingered and perfumed the air with its fragrance, but the scream of cicadas was a sure sign it would be hot later.

 

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You never know what to expect at The Write Room. That is what makes its reading so interesting, never boring and quite diverse.

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The Case of an Ape Gone Berserk | The Write Room Blog

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An “I Was There Mystery” by James L. Secor, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Q.P.Q.

 

Any PI just out of school could have solved this case but it came to me because the Zoo was my territory. Perhaps this was because of my circus background. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I was there. I had a job to do.

 

I was called about 6 PM. I was just sitting down to a nice TV dinner, beef bourgoyne with mashed potatoes and gravy, and a can of Hamm’s Special Light Lager when the phone rang. Damn! I thought. Just when Dialing For Dollars was getting exciting. I reached over to the end table and picked up the phone, a red Nextel I took off my belt when I got home. As always.

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Need a good laugh? This is it...funny stuff to make your day!

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Reach For The Light | The Write Room Blog

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The Write Room features Louise Malbon-Reddix.

 

For purposes of beautification, or some other landscapers’ reason, someone planted this tree in a dark corner surrounded by buildings.  This place really is not the most ideal spot for a plant of any kind, as plants do need sunlight to grow.

 

Fortunately for plants though, they have developed a number of strategies to capture the maximum amount of sunlight through their leaves. As we know from looking at plants on a windowsill, they grow toward the sunlight to be able to generate energy by photosynthesis.

 

The plants make use of a hormone called auxin to help them in this process of moving towards the light. So needed, as after they use up their limited nutrition of starch and lipids germinating in the soil against the gravitational pull.  They really do need to find another source of energy to keep on growing. This is the process of phototropism.

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Louise's article helps us understand why the tree is so often referred to as the ‘tree of life’ and it’s many ways of demonstrating life lessons for us.

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Spinoza and Me by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog

Spinoza and Me by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

It was Tuesday afternoons, two-fifteen almost every Tuesday for the school year—for my seventh grade school year. They would leave—dismissed early from school to attend religious instruction. Most, the vast majority of my classmates would leave to learn about God, to learn about faith, to learn about dogma. Almost universally they were Catholics. The city in which I grew up was almost entirely Catholic, half of Irish background and half of Italian, ­ but all Catholic and all scheduled for confirmation.

 

Off our classmates would go in mass exodus, and we, a small number, would huddle in our respective homerooms while being watched, as questionable minorities must be.

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Life lessons may be difficult in the moment, but they surely make for the joy of memories.

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Lent | The Write Room Blog

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Ash Wednesday begins the forty-day liturgical season called Lent. When we say liturgical, we refer to “public church worship.” Churches that are Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Orthodox, Methodist, Presbyterian, Amish, and Mennonite observe annual Lenten services. The first four mentioned churches most formally observe Lent.


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Do you have a clear perspective of the true meaning of Lent? If you have any questions at all, visit Sal Buttaci's article at The Write Room blog. You will leave with a better understanding and perhaps enlightenment toward your own practices during this joyful season.

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Science Fiction /Paranormal Shorts by the Write Room Blog crew. | The Write Room Blog

Science Fiction /Paranormal Shorts by the Write Room Blog crew. | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it
While paranormal/Sci-fi may not be your absolute favorites, all the pieces here are examples of superb writing. Thank yous go out to all for sharing such great talent!
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In the words of Kenneth Weene, shivers and cold sweats from all these fine pieces!

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Television: What has happened? | The Write Room Blog

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Reality shows have taken over the prime time airways. Is that because the public no longer wants to think? Is it because people want mindless television? Fran Lewis has asked the members of The Write Room Blog to respond. As editor of MJ Magazine, Fran considers this an important issue for discussion, and we agree. Should the media help sedate the populace or challenge us to think and grow?

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Television has become an overrated ‘must have’ for any household! Turn off the TV and step outdoors. There is a whole world of beautiful, exciting events happening on any given day that is better than seeing what the Kardashians have to offer! I only use them as an example. Do NOT watch their show…see enough, hear enough about them to warrant them as a turn off.

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Literary Misinterpretations and New Insights by James L. Secor | The Write Room Blog

Literary Misinterpretations and New Insights by James L. Secor | The Write Room Blog | Water the mind - READ | Scoop.it

From the first time I read Oedipus Rex all the way through doctoral studies, all I heard was that Oedipus was the tragic hero, the man fated to fall; I heard that he suffered from hybris–excessive, overweening pride–as all the tragic heroes do. (This is, incidentally, not true; the more so regarding Oedipus.)

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Oedipus suffered but he was not the author of his tragedy; he did not bring it down on himself via pomp and circumstance. He was not due for a fall, for a comeuppance, like his mother-wife.  But is he not to blame? He did not know. In his ignorance is he innocent?  Now. . .what do you see?

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