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Valerie Staggs Valerie Staggs's blog:

A gripping story of one woman's desparate journey

American Dirt American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I wasn't sure what to expect what with all the hype surrounding this book. I ordered it thinking it was a memoir and was surprised to find a novel in the center of such controversy.

Regardless of Cummins' ethnic background, she created a ve... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 12:22
Michael L. Salvador Michael L. Salvador's blog:

Need Something To Do?

Need something to do during these uncertain times? Are the kids driving you crazy? Is social distancing making you stir-crazy? Let's head into April with a good book to read:

PEACE OF MIND, by Michael L. Salvador

Read ... and do a virtual book review! #needsomethingtodo #bookstoread #goodreads #vi... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 12:20
Yong Huang Yong Huang's blog:

How to pronounce French prefixes in- and im-

In my Learning French Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics , I added one of these two notes to words like inouï ("incredible", "unheard-of"), immonde ("unclean", "foul"):

Note that in- is pronounced /in/, not /ɛ/, since its followed by a vowel.
Note that im- or imm- is pronounced /im/, not /ɛ/, s... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 12:17
Erin Tobin Erin Tobin's blog:

This Week's Inspirational Thought

We dont even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things.The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.~Isabel Allende(Photo by Kate Wise via KXAN) Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 11:44
Justin Tuijl Justin Tuijl's blog:

Writing a novel

Codename Wolfhound, the sequel to Burning Wolfhound is now at 50k words!
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Published on March 29, 2020 12:05
Beth Gualda Beth Gualda's blog:

EBooks on Sale! (Again)

Just wanted to let everyone know that in these weird times where everyone is stuck at home (supposed to be anyway!) my eBook retailer is offering thousands of eBooks at a discounted price, including mine. I have enrolled all my titles and everything is on sale for 60% off the retail, except for T... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 11:50
Warren Fahy Warren Fahy's blog:

Face of the Day

Face of the Day Handfish: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/01/9b/e8/01...
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Published on March 29, 2020 11:47
Ron Rayborne Ron Rayborne's blog:

Enjoy Being A Kid Again

Like you, probably, Ive spent the last several days looking for internet places with positive things to do while stuck at home. This is what Ive come up so far. Enjoy Being A Kid Again. From here (picture stolen from them). From YouTube. 2016 World Series Game 7 (Cubs win World Series for first t... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 10:41
Karen Thurm Safran Karen Thurm Safran's blog:

Keeping Your Cool During Coronavirus Quarantine

We love our kids, but lets face it, parenting is stressful enough without being stuck inside with antsy children due to the coronavirus pandemic. No more attending school. Forget about movie theaters. And skip other public places where youd normally go. Social distancing is the new normal, and th... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 10:55
Erika Swyler Erika Swyler's blog:

Light From Other Stars paperbacks arrived at my house!I’m not...







Light From Other Stars paperbacks arrived at my house!

Im not sure anyone can truly appreciate how difficult it is to stage a photoshoot with a bunny.

Widget doesnt really get why hes even here if hes not allowed to eat the books. Or why one might have a decorative clementine. Or what this whole...

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Published on March 29, 2020 10:48
Julien Castel Julien Castel's blog:

Vivre de sa passion et travailler sans effort

Je viens de publier un nouvel article sur le blog ! J'espère qu'il vous plaira


Larticle qui suit est un article invité qui vous donnera des pistes concrètes pour vivre de sa passion et travailler sans avoir limpression de travailler justement. Ines, coach de vie certifiée et experte en Ikigaï nous...

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Published on March 09, 2020 22:45
John Everett Branch Jr. John Everett Branch Jr.'s blog:

A note on the lack of comparisons for the pandemic

From Casualties, the print-magazine title for a review by Peter Schjeldahl in the 12/02/19 New Yorker of a PS1 art exhibition called Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars, 19912011:

When will we stop obsessing about our gimmickry of communication and just communicate as best we can? Inexplicably,...

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Published on March 29, 2020 10:37
Randy  Green Randy Green's blog:

Rude Awakenings – Part 2

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Am I a Good Pastor to My Flock? The Sequel

Who can give us the answer to that question, Brother Pastors? Everyone has an opinion; but we will never amount to anything of substance, if we follow opinions.

To discover the only true answer, we need to ask how we...

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Published on March 29, 2020 09:01
James Jay Thomas James Jay Thomas's blog:

3.29.20

Greetings and good health to all.

If you are a writer and are stuck, keep going, itll turn out for you, your stall is only temporary. If you are a reader, theres more than enough material to keep you happy. If you are a truly stuck writer, make an author and yourself happy, read a book and then r... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 10:26
Mary Catelli Mary Catelli's blog:

Our God, our help in ages past

Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
Read more... )

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Published on March 29, 2020 09:43
Avdhesh Joshi Avdhesh Joshi's blog:

Please Talk Dirty To Me…

She is no one, not my girlfriend, not my sister, not relative, but a friend i know. Self-dependent, open minded, thoughtful , ambitious , and hungry to fulfill her dreams. One day she was sitting on the bench next to me in the park. Her eyes were wet and wine red. She was crying. She was threate...

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Published on August 21, 2019 22:03
Alexander Collas Alexander Collas's blog:

Into the Wild - Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Matt saw Devon several times over the next week and a half and each time found it hard to hide his excitement. Devon, of course, noticed and kept pushing, trying to find out what his friend was concealing from him. Why he always looked like he was on the verge of asking something. With f... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 10:10
Rhonda Frankhouser Rhonda Frankhouser's blog:

Cholera v. COVID-19

I apologize ahead of time for choosing an overworked topic, but these are the times we're living in. It pays to be informed.

With the threat of the COVID-19 looming, I thought it might be interesting to blog about another invisible killer that ravaged the old west back in the 1800s. This plague al... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 10:03
B.B. Swann B.B. Swann's blog:

Coronavirus Times: Top 10 Things that Disturb Me

Top 10 things I find disturbing in these current times: (In no particular order.) The greed and frenzy associated with buying unnecessary amounts of paper products. Did we all forget about the environmental crisis? The dismissal of the seriousness of the situation by friends, family, and people i... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 14, 2020 09:18
D.L. Sims D.L. Sims's blog:

Free ebook copy of The King Trials

Since we're all stuck inside, bored out of our minds, and looking for something to do in these trying times I have decided to give anyone who wants a free copy of The King Trials an ebook copy no questions asked. No entry for a chance to win. All you need to do is contact me saying you're interes... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 10:02
J.J.   Campbell J.J. Campbell's blog:

the winds of hell...

we had a few storms roll through here yesterday. most of the big shit missed us. today, it's a constant wind. 25 MPH with gusts into the 50's. joy. i'm trying to let the house air out a bit, but i'm not stupid enough to open all the windows and enjoy the chaos.

ROH was pretty good last night.

enjoy... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 09:54
Patrick P. Stafford Patrick P. Stafford's blog:

DON'T DREAM IT'S OVER

For POET'S Day and for those who remember, here we have what some consider the most beautiful and hopeful song of the 1980s. From the one and only Crowded House.

May it put a smile on your face and fill your heart with sonic beauty!

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9gKy... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 09:51
Faith  Pray Faith Pray's blog:

Stroke-versary : Lights in the Darkness


 Seven years ago I had a stroke.

I struggled to find myself as a writer again.
I couldn't string my words together the way I used to.
Couldn't focus.
Afraid of what might be coming next.
Worried it would happen again.

It's okay to acknowledge that darkness is scary.

To look fear in the face,
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Published on March 29, 2020 09:26
J.D. Mason J.D. Mason's blog:

Dragon Love

Fantasy Romance lovers,

Heres some insight into my dragon romance series. The series alternates between female and male dragons.

The Fire Breathing Series features the dragon daughters of Oya.
The Forged in Fire Series features the dragon sons of Ibilisi.

Four books (two each) are released so far. I... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 09:25
Zoltan Istvan Zoltan Istvan's blog:

‪If all obese Americans (40% of adults) went on a diet and started workout routines during this national quarantine, far more life hours (what lives are made of) would be saved in the long run than the tragic deaths from #coronavirus. Fight death with exer

If all obese Americans (40% of adults) went on a diet and started workout routines during this national quarantine, far more life hours (what lives are made of) would be saved in the long run than the tragic deaths from #coronavirus. Fight death with exercise & a healthy diet!

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Published on March 29, 2020 09:21
Lee Barry Lee Barry's blog:

Windows Overlooking Life and Death

"Rooms without a view are prisons for the people who have to stay in them."

When I walk down Forest Avenue in Oak Park--a veritable gallery of early Frank Lloyd Wright homes built in the first decade of the 20th century, I now think "I'd love to shelter-in-place in those places!". Many parts of th... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 08:49
Michael    Dennis Michael Dennis's blog:

Update #4

Although the country is currently on lock down due to spread of Corona virus (COVID-19) and with many businesses temporarily closed , I am classed as a key worker and am still working for the NHS, doing our best to fight the virus and keeping the nation safe during these troubled times. According... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 09:08
Melinda O'Donnell Melinda O'Donnell's blog:

Awesome

The Sword of Aesone is now (finally) on Goodreads.

If you try to search the title on Amazon it will think you mean The Sword of Awesome... which is kinda awesome :)

(And not the real title of anything, as far as I can tell.)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 09:03
F.X. Holden F.X. Holden's blog:

Don’t read the Future War series if...

Hi, this is a well meaning note to save people buying a book they may not like. Nearly 90% of readers rate these novels 4 or 5 stars (thankyou!) but I have noticed a common thread or two among the small percentage who give Bering Strait or Okinawa one star (I hated it!). So here are some short di... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 29, 2020 08:58
Jake Martinez Jake Martinez's blog:

Music Monday: Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) by Cinderella






One thing that hair metal knows how to do is bust out a ballad. Poison has Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Warrant has Heaven, and Cinderella has a Dont Know What You Got (Till Its Gone). That last one is a personal favorite of mine, which is why it made it into The Mixtape to My Life.





From to the op...

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Published on February 10, 2020 06:00
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