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Merry Christmas

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I love this time of year. I love the cooler weather, I love seeing houses decorated with light, listening to Christmas music, and I love putting up a tree and spending time decorating. First and foremost I love celebrating the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This time of year brings with it a feeling of hope for the future as one year comes to an end and a new one is poised to begin. I know that one Christmas, after the worst year of my life, I looked forward …

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Which Way, Left or Right?

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I love science fiction, growing up I read a lot of it. And I watched a lot. I’m a huge Star Trek fan, just about all of the franchise, and I love X-Files, The Twilight Zone, Fringe. One plot that occurs often in just about any series is one where a character is confronted with a choice, go left or go right, and because it’s fiction we can see the consequences of each choice. He goes right and hits another star ship and his ship explodes, killing everyone, flash, time …

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About Friends

About Friends

When I was a kid in Girl Scouts we used to sing a song that went something like this: “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.” I liked that song, sang it often because the tune was easy for me to carry. But it’s only as I get older that I really appreciate how true the line is and how special beyond explanation are good friends. Old or new, good friends should be cherished and appreciated. I recently regained touch with an old …

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Losing My Apps

Losing My Apps

The other day I plugged my ipad in to my computer and was greeted by a notification that an upgrade was available. I pressed the upgrade button and was warned to be sure my apps were backed up first. Canceling the upgrade I tried to follow the directions for backing the ipad up but no matter how carefully I read, and how carefully I followed the instructions, I couldn’t be certain my apps would be saved. In frustration I decided I didn’t need to upgrade. Later, a friend told me …

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The Grace Note

The Grace Note

(Blog post written by novelist Kathleen Wright) In August 0f 2011, I stopped writing fiction. Stopped obsessing on how I was spending my time and how much time was spent avoiding sitting down and working on fiction projects. Gave up the idea that I was actively working on a publishing career. Additional income was needed. It wasn’t coming in through fiction. I had been dropped by the agent the previous November. Had I been kidding myself I had what it took to be a published author? So I quit. Or …

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Born To Trouble

Born To Trouble

I was at a writer’s conference once where a speaker described how to make a story suspenseful. Metaphorically speaking he said something like, “you get your main character in so much trouble he climbs up a tree to get out of it. Once he’s up the tree you throw rocks at him.” Throwing metaphorical rocks at a fictional character can make for a good novel. Fictional trials and tribulations can be worked out and solved in three hundred pages. I wish it were that easy with real life trials. Job …

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A New Year, New Hope

A New Year, New Hope

The last year ended a little chaotically for me. It’s only now, five days after the first as I write this, that I feel things have kind of calmed down. My dad’s back home after a week in the hospital, my mom has recovered from cataract surgery and I finished book three in my Pacific Coast Justice series. Now is the time to look ahead to the new year.I don’t make resolutions, it seems like people who set resolutions lose steam for them as the year goes on. (The gym …

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Random Thoughts on Christmas (A Very Merry Christmas to All)

Random Thoughts on Christmas (A Very Merry Christmas to All)

I love this time of year. I love Christmas and I love winter. This year has been especially great because it’s been cool. Nothing kills the holiday spirit like 80 degree weather. So, I’ve been listening to a satellite radio station that is playing traditional Christmas music. It’s great, all the corny old Christmas songs from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Songs like “Would you like to Have Christmas on Christmas Island?,” “Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s House”,” and who could forget the classic, “Dominic, …

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Tim Tebow, Writing, and Me

Tim Tebow, Writing, and Me

I’m not a huge football fan but I like to watch some bowl games and of course, the Super bowl. In the gym on Monday mornings the TV is on ESPN and I usually see the weekend game recaps. I have noticed over the past few weeks that when Tim Tebow comes up it’s just about unanimous, commentators hate him. Maybe they don’t hate him personally, but they seem offended that he’s playing football in the NFL. I’ve heard comments like this, “he’s not learning to read plays,” “he won’t …

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Interview: Proud of My Husband in Uniform

Interview: Proud of My Husband in Uniform

I had the privilege of working for a sergeant who is a strong Christian during the beginning of my career and then again as my career came to an end. Mike Tilson was one of the sergeants during my academy experience and then years later when I went to the academy to write training and policy, he was the administrative sergeant and my boss. I caught up with his wife, Bev, and asked her what it was like being the civilian married to the officer. Here’s the interview. Question: As …

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