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October 6, 2019

Texas author and Spur Award Winner Elizabeth Crook brings home another winner with her historical fiction in "The Which Way Tree." It's the funniest and most horrific book I've ever read. The horrific parts aren't funny, but the way they are told and reflected upon are...

April 12, 2019

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni--a mouthful of a name to remember for this Texan, but well worth the effort when searching for her many books.

"Queen of Dreams" and "Before We Visit the Goddess" are two I've read recently. Both possess an inherent awareness of the spiri...

January 18, 2019

I've buried my head in some wonderful books in the past year--The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski, Holy Ghost Girl (memoir) by Donna Johnson, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, and The Confidence Game...

August 6, 2018

The central mystery of Iain Pears’ Stone’s Fall concerns how John Stone died. Was the rich and powerful ship-building magnate pushed from the window or was it an accident? And who is the child mentioned in his will—the child he wants found? A web of international finan...

June 17, 2018

Someone recently asked me which was more enjoyable--writing fiction or nonfiction. First, I had to narrow the terms for myself. I think of fiction as a short story or a novel in the genre of literary fiction. That's what I've written, anyway. And I think of nonfiction...

April 18, 2018

Here's one bloom from the many on an African violet I have been nurturing the past four years. (Photo by Jim.) It's a beautiful reminder that life goes on, and I can realize the operation of a loving Spirit of the Universe in all things.

Four years ago in February, I go...

October 18, 2017

Swedish author Frederick Backman was repeatedly rejected in his attempt to publish his novel, A Man Called Ove. One publisher told him his writing had “potential” but that they saw no commercial potential to the novel. So much for opinions. It’s been adapted to stage a...

September 15, 2017

Note: PM me if you want to know the contest and its associated workshop that I am hereby boycotting.

I have had an awful experience with a writing contest. Here's the beginning: I was told my work was disqualified because word count exceeded that which was "clearly stat...

July 14, 2017

So many hopes--so much dashing of hopes.

Preparing for the special session happening NOW in the Texas Legislature, Drew Darby (R--San Angelo) submitted two bills: HB 76, which would add $50 million from general revenue to the Teacher Retirement System; and HB 80, which...

June 15, 2017

I'm hearing from some of those affected by and concerned about Texas's negligence toward teachers and education. They read my March blog post, "Texas Betrays Teachers." The link has been shared quite a bit, and I thank those who've helped spread the word.

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