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“Race” Movie review

I’ve long known about Jesse Owens, the black American athlete who stuck it to Adolf Hitler in the 1936 Olympics.  What I didn’t know was the rest of his story as presented in this movie.  It begins in 1933.  Jesse Owens has already proven that he can run fast; his latest time is only one tenth of […]

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“Be Your Own Best Editor” with Jodi Egerton

This workshop was hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas and was held in Austin on September 19, 2015.  Jodi Egerton was our instructor. I didn’t count how many people were in this class, but the turnout was good.  As authors, we were all interested in the editing process and to be able to do […]

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“Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” Book Review

Published in 2004, this book was written by Susanna Clarke and hailed as one of the top books of the year.  It was on the New York Times Bestseller List and so on.  It was placed on a list of fantasy classics so I decided to read it. The book is unusual in that it […]

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Home Again

There’s nothing like being home, especially after an arduous road trip. I left in May and drove to New Jersey to help my sister. One of the things she wanted help on was a trip to Florida, so no sooner than I arrived, I got in her car and she drove to Florida. Her husband […]

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“Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” Movie Review

A charming movie starring a cast of characters who live at a hotel for retirees in India.  Almost all are British ex-pats who for whatever reason no longer chose to live in Britain. Dev Patel stars as Sonny, the owner and manager of the hotel along with Maggie Smith starring as Mrs. Donnelly.  The movie […]

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“Jumpstart Your Creativity” Workshop

I attended this workshop hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas in Austin.  Jodi Egerton presented the class and began with a warm-up exercise, which she called releasing and welcoming.  For two minutes, she had us write all those things you need to do–make a list of a list and then in the second two […]

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“The November Man” Movie Review

Pierce Brosnan stars as Peter Devereau, the November Man.  He got the name because his boss thought that after he finished with a mission, nothing was left.  I don’t get it–December comes after November so there is something left, but okay.  Devereau has retired from the CIA and lives anonymously in Switzerland until his former […]

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“If I Stay” Movie Review

The story centers around Mia, a young high school student who plays the cello and loves classical music.  She feels like a fish out of water among most of the other students who are into rock.  Then, Adam introduces himself to her.  He is on a popular local rock band and well-known among his fellow […]

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“The Hunger Games” Book Review

Written by Suzanne Collins, this book was published in 2008. I saw the movie when it came out in 2012 and vowed that I would read the book.  I finally did. A lot of times, the movie version isn’t as good as the book and doesn’t follow the events in the book.  However, I have […]

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“Writers’ Conference”

This conference was hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas and was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas this past weekend.  I checked in on Friday thinking that if I got there in time, I could get a ticket for the pre-conference workshop.  Not only was I late due to heavy traffic […]

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