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… oh, yeah, it was all of that business about not wanting to be burned as heretics or hanged in the town square for not joining the King’s church. Wonder why we minded, anyway.  It isn’t like the King’s government took our land, turned us out, put us in jail, or deported us by the [...]

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2011-04-24 :: Kate // Featured Articles
I Like Lists

      That’s something I don’t like admitting … yes, I do like lists. Admitting it, though, makes me feel vulnerable, like telling people I save string, or collect thimbles — like I’m owning up that I’m a person with a small life, who needs to get out more.
     I do like lists, though. I like [...]

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             Talli Roland is that rare writer who presents the reader with imperfect characters–good guys and bad guys, alike–then drives them into terrible situations (something like my life and, possibly, yours), adds malice, dishonesty and greed until we don’t know whom to boo or to applaud. Certainly, the action doesn’t let up until the back [...]

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 At some time during the past decade, the term “bucket list” sprang into our everyday vocabularies.  Certainly, neither of my parents nor my grandparents, any grand-uncle or, even, cousin had a bucket list.  Guess they were preoccupied with settling the territory for statehood, winning the 1st and 2nd World Wars — if winning

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I loathe dirt under my nails, despise bending for hours in the heat, and can no longer kneel [titanium knee hurts like Hell.] Nonetheless, I’m swept away by gardens. Lawns stretching to the treeline, banks of blooming Azalea, gently running water — Heaven on Earth.
I do garden a wee bit, though, on the patio. In pots. [...]

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Remember when grandparents or great-grandparents said somewhat apologetically they only had an 8th grade education?  Well, could any of us products of ‘modern’ educational institutions have passed this 8th grade test from 1895?
The following 1895 eighth-grade final exam was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, Kansas and reprinted by [...]

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In a Baltimore Sun column this past week, our favorite small-town guy Garrison Keillor suggested “When Everyone’s a Writer no one is.” He posits an argument whose logic doesn’t stand scrutiny–his thesis was, as far as I could tell, that self-publishing, ebooks, and the web are taking the field of writing to-Hell-in-a-handbasket–as he oooh’s & ahhh’s over [...]

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2010-05-29 :: Kate // Featured Articles + WAG
WAG #24: Unexpected

Surprise is the hardest thing to fake (in real life and in fiction), but something essential to a well-written story.

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From where did the magnificant voices and painters and poets—the noble hearts—come?

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2009-12-24 :: Kate // Featured Articles
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A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY
Genesis 2.7,  Exodus 20.5, I Sam. 8.51   

                  
  I.     The Golden Age of Kings
                               When men make men into kings
                              we forge their crowns from gold
                              we’ve sold our lives to buy.
                              The woods are stalked and yield a furry sacrifice
                              to grace and warm the shoulders
                                                                              of our kings.
                               When we make men into kings
                              our carpenters and craftsmen ply
                              their [...]

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