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Some Candid Thoughts About Fatherhood

This will be my fourth Father’s Day without contact from my children. Of any kind. 1,104 days. 26,496 minutes. 1,589,760 seconds… …of despair. Despite myriad pleas of forgiveness. Estranged. John Irving in A Prayer For Owen Meany says American people reserve their moral condemnation for sexual misconduct. He goes on to say, “Boudoir morality takes little imagination, and can be indulged […]

How to Write a Book Review

The purpose of a book review is to help the potential reader decide if they should purchase the book.  Or said differently, what value the reader can expect to get from a book. Praising a book and/or the author in general terms will not actually offer much help to the potential reader.  You want to […]

The Gospel According To Rayon (Or How A Transexual Changed A Redneck)—Thoughts on “Dallas Buyers Club”

This past Friday night I watched the movie Dallas Buyers Club. Let me attempt to articulate the myriad emotions that flooded my soul as I watched this gut-wrenching movie. By the way, if you are Baptist like I was for 29 years and required to sign papers that you will not see “R” rated movies, Matthew McConaughey […]

Video Interview With Alice Sullivan—Professional Book Editor—”Book Is Not A Four Letter Word”

Watch this quick, informative and fun video with professional book editor Alice Sullivan—leave a comment of any kind and get a FREE pdf written by Alice called “Book Is Not A Four-Letter Word.” In this video we cover “Why You Need An Editor”, “The Editing Process”, and “Ghostwriting.” See her ad at the top right […]

re:create 2014 — My Personal Highlights (With Lots Of Photos)

Even though The Basement was packed out with our 100 creatives from around the world (which made it hard to meet and greet) Jars of Clay was magical in the ambience and mystique of that fabled Nashville nightclub. Frontman Dan Haseltine (@scribblepotemus) started our #recreate14 journey out right with this quote: “Mystery is to be enjoyed…to be relished…even though it […]

My Top Ten Favorite Things of 2013

1. Ivory Flameless Pillar Candles These wax battery operated candles by Smart Candle are as close to a traditional candle as you can get. They are molded from real wax and outfitted with TruFlame™ technology for an authentic look .  It is perfect for anyone looking for the ambiance of a traditional candle with the safety of […]