Excerpt: Lynna Williams’ “Personal Testimony”

In yesterday's post I wrote about Lynna Williams' story "Personal Testimony." Here are the first three paragraphs of the story. ### "The last night of church camp, 1963, and I am sitting on the front row of the junior mixed-voice choir looking out on the crowd in the big sanctuary tent. The tent glows, green … Continue reading Excerpt: Lynna Williams’ “Personal Testimony”

September SinC-Up: Lynna Williams’ Gift of Voice

On my way home from work one night in the '90s, I heard actress Judith Ivey on Selected Shorts, reading "Personal Testimony," a short story by Lynna Williams. The narrator is eleven-year-old Ellen Whitmore, a preacher's daughter from Fort Worth, who is at Southern Baptist summer camp in Oklahoma. At evening services, when campers are … Continue reading September SinC-Up: Lynna Williams’ Gift of Voice

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

[Links are scattered throughout this post. If you slide your pointer across the screen, you'll see where to click. In the meantime, I'll choose a theme that makes finding links easier.] In yesterday's abbreviated post, I promised an announcement to end all announcements. Confession: Kaye George was quicker than I. She made the announcement on … Continue reading Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

We Need To Talk By Eden Mabee

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life

Our fabulous sponsor Eden Mabee is giving us a twofer this round.  Given a lot of what I’ve seen flying around the interwebz, I think it’s well timed.  Particularly as we’re approaching the end of Round 3 and some folks won’t have made their goals and will take that really hard.

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 I want to bring up one of those “we’d rather not think about it” topics: depression. Given that the word “depress” as in to “press down” is right in the name, it should be no surprise that it can stop us dead in our tracks, keeping us from achieving not only our writing dreams but also almost anything. Depression is a serious concern, and it’s important to know how what to do about it when it happens.

Writing is a generally solitary craft. Except for the rare conference or critique group, much of our community contact…

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The Scottish Referendum a Day Late & Assorted Rambling

It's one p.m. Texas time. I'm in a coffee shop, procrastinating, and I can't think of a better way to procrastinate than to google Scottish Referendum and check on how things are proceeding. I thought the results might have already been announced, since Scotland is several hours ahead of us, but so far they haven't. … Continue reading The Scottish Referendum a Day Late & Assorted Rambling

Scones, Shortbread, and Structure

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When did you last attend a genuine English afternoon tea?

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I helped host one yesterday at Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter in Austin. The program focused on the life and work of English mystery novelist P. D. James, who recently marked her ninety-fourth birthday. Ms James’ latest novel, Death Comes to Pemberley, will be aired on PBSMasterpiece Mystery later this fall. All things considered, this seemed the proper time to celebrate the author’s contribution to literature. What better way than with a tea?

Here I must insert a disclaimer: When I call it a genuine English afternoon tea, I really mean a genuine Texas-style English afternoon tea. Dress was admittedly casual–very few hats or tea dresses–and I forgot to take the table linens. And the Earl Grey was made with teabags…

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Gmail Password Leak Update

In case you missed it . . .

The WordPress.com Blog

This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users.

We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the account. Users who received the email were instructed to follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com.
  2. Click the “Login” button on the homepage.
  3. Click on the link “Lost your password?”
  4. Enter your WordPress.com username.
  5. Click the “Get New Password” button.

In general, it’s very important that passwords be unique for each account. Using the same…

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The 5 Top Regrets of the Dying

Thanks to the Change Your Life blog for this post. Something to think about and to act on.

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Hiya,

One of my Ponders group sent me this a while back and it’s a real show stopper…

The 5 Top Regrets of the Dying

1. I wish I had courageously lived a life true to myself and not one that others expected of me.

2. I wish I had not spent all my life working

3. If only I had gained courage to express how I felt.

4. I wish I had remained in touch with my friends

5. If only I had allowed happiness into my life

 

To read the entire article about the palliative nurse Bronnie Ware go here: http://bit.ly/16X5cLK

(Thanks again for the headsup Louisa)

 

Strive to thrive

Stu

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Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Useful (Repost)

Below is a piece I originally posted, under a slightly different title, several years ago. I don't know why the text looks as it does, but it will stay that way until tech support and I find a remedy. I hope you will read and enjoy anyway. At HEB this afternoon, having verified that I … Continue reading Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Useful (Repost)

Photo Challenge: Dialogue #2: Socks

The photo display below illustrates what happens when the photographer reads the rules but immediately forgets them. Instead of photos engaged in dialogue, she shoots photos of objects engaged in dialogue. It also shows what happens when one sock of each pair is eaten by the dryer: Those left behind have nothing to do but … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Dialogue #2: Socks

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

The Newbery Honor Book and the notebook pictured below were lying on the floor beside my chair when I heard them conversing.   See more Dialogue photos here. Related articles Free Samples of the 2014 Newbery Medal & Newbery Honor Winners 2014 Newbery Honor Winner: Kevin Henkes on "The Year of Billy Miller" Bargain Alert! … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue