Archive | February 2019

Good Morning! ICCD!


Good Morning! I wanted to write something about childhood cancer today. Today, 15 Feb 2019, is International Childhood Cancer Day. The link to learn more about what ICCD is doing is found here as well. Please visit their site and learn all about what is new and going on with this organization. 


This is something extremely close to my heart, as most of you know that my youngest son, Sammy, suffered a horrid cancer battle. Please pray and send good thoughts and vibes, the world over, for these children.


Gold ribbons represent children who have, or had childhood cancer, as well as those who have passed away due to this disease. I have a new ribbon each year, with Sam’s name on it, placed on the Candlelighters National Christmas Tree. But today is International Childhood Cancer Day. I have a One Voice link for you and one in which you, my reader, can Act Now




Thank you.


My 2019 ICCD shirt with Sammy’s name on it. 





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The Plight of Grammar in Writing

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

“have it your talking may about you Good can’t what to to reader overrated you’re some idea grammar if ignored. when be but be want writing it entirely comes”

The above is a random collection of words – literally random – I used a random number generator in Excel to produce them; however, before being randomized they were once a coherent sentence. The original sentence was ‘Good grammar may be overrated when it comes to writing but it can’t be entirely ignored if you want your reader to have some idea what you’re talking about.’

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7 Signs you Have a Toxic Friend

It's Yusra Patni

Hey everybody! How are you doing? I know I haven’t uploaded a post in the longest time but recently, I’ve come across toxic friends and why they are bad for you and the signs that show that a person is a toxic friend and I thought to myself, this is a great idea for a post! So here are 7 signs that show you have a toxic friend.

screen-shot-2019-02-14-at-7.43.35-pm.png1. They criticize everything you do

This is a major sign in a toxic friendship, real friends do not bring you down, instead they push you to do better when you can be improved (looking at you J).

2. They are bitter when you gain something

Scoring full marks on a test causes this toxic friend to roll their eyes and groan, real friends would be genuinely happy.

3. No one is more stubborn

They will always have to be the boss…

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Writing: Ways to Learn the Craft

Uninspired Writers

Writing is a skill, and like all skills it cane be learned and honed. Some people have a natural talent and flare for certain things, others have to try a little harder. Wherever you stand, if you love writing you should write. And if you’d like to improve and grow there are plenty of ways to do so.

1. Write
Let’s start with the simple and most effective answer. Write. You learn as you do, and you improve as you do. As with all skills, you will get better with practice and perseverance.
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2. Read Fiction
If you’re writing fiction, you’ll learn a great deal about what you like/don’t like by reading fiction. You’ll get a sense of what works and what doesn’t. And if you’re going to tell stories, it’s important to get used to the way stories are shaped. (This can also be done by…

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Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

In an ever evolving effort to make this blog a better resource to Authors, Writers, poets and fellow bloggers,  I have created these pages to index various external sites and in-blog articles that I hope will be useful, just click on the links below to be taken to the relevant pages:






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New and Improved Parenting for the New Year

Wanda Luthman's Children's Books

two parents standing holding the hand of a child between them and Dad holding the other child facing a body of water while the sun is setting

Dr. Valerie Allen

School Psychologist ~ Certified Case Manager

New and Improved
Parenting for the New Year

The New Year brings added
attention to the fact that children are in a constant state of growth and
development. One day your daughter is interested in dolls and tea parties and
the next she is experimenting with make-up and high heals. What happened to that lovable little boy who played so nicely with
the puppy? This is the same boy who now thinks you are his private taxi service.
In a matter of weeks or months, children’s needs and behaviors change and so
must our style of parenting. What worked at three may not work as well at 13.

The goal of parenting is to raise children who are independent of us. The job of a parent is to instill values and morals, so the child understands right from wrong and…

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