Jean’s Writing—the third of our links to writer sites

Jean Cogdell posts tips and information useful to fellow writers on her blog at jean’s writing. She has written three children’s books and a daily journal. She also has had items published in a variety of magazines. She’s been writing for a while, but she doesn’t say how long. She does say this about her […]

March Madness

NO, it’s not about basketball–it’s stuff we hope you’ll find funny, if a little quirky. Some have previously appeared on John Maberry’s Writings or Views from Eagle Peak. Others are brand new. Let’s start with a recent one from John’s Writings–The Thief with a Bellyache. Next, it’s the power of a sneeze, a new item.

Previews of Articles Coming in July

Great stuff coming in July, on our new schedule. Cirque du Soleil–go see them! How and why to get started early on those retirement savings or maximize them if you didn’t. Tech trends like driverless cars–scary or something to look forward to? An interview with somebody; it will be a surprise but we expect you will find it interesting and we hope inspiring as well.

Worth Noting (6) Things We Think You Should Check Out on the Web

You’re already on the web, so why not check out some of the interesting things we’ve found. A pie for mathematicians–decorated with pi, out to several digits. A comeback to the email spam/scammers that may make you laugh. A not entirely whimsical answer to the question of “how long does it take to write a book”–in short, it depends. Finally, more on the brain/body connection.

Snippets from Novels to Come

We’re bringing you teasers for works coming not just in 2017, but also into the next decade. Perhaps even beyond. Science fiction, mysteries, thrillers and more. The titles may change. So may the excerpts. While we have invested a fair amount of time on some, we’re nowhere near the final drafts on most. Others remain in the conceptual phase. Let us know what you think, please.

Summer Trips for This or any Year

Do you have children—big or small? Are you seeking adventure, escape, relaxation or sightseeing? We’ll offer some highlights from places we’ve been and things we’ve done—mostly with children from seven to seventeen but also without. We’ll mention optional things that you might prefer to do that we didn’t at these locations. Lots of links for more information too.

Some Words of Wisdom

Buddhist leader, philosopher and educator Daisaku Ikeda offers encouraging words on many issues. Here are a few quotations on transcending differences, finding compassion and empathy for others and exerting yourself to make not only your own life happier but the lives of others as well. “If you light a lantern for another, it will brighten your own way.”

A Buddhist Perspective on Peaceful Political Change

Not surprisingly, discord persists after the 2016 U.S. elections. This item is not about politics or the election. Rather, it’s a Buddhist perspective for going forward in troubling times. Clearly, there are many complex and contentious issues and challenges facing our country. With an enlightened view of our interconnectedness, compassion and dialogue we can overcome them.

Politics, Policies and Pragmatism—Part 3

Public vs charter vs private schools. School choice. Quality of education. How do neighborhood schools affect the value of your home, your taxes, etc. Which kind of school offers the best education? Is it OK to use taxpayer funds to send kids to private schools? Are public schools failing or succeeding. Lots of questions that you should consider competing answers to. This is our wrap up of politics, policies and pragmatism.

An Interview with D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye is a memoir and nonfiction writer living in Canada. She’s already published five books and has begun accumulating material for the next. Her most recent book, “P.S. I Forgive You,” came out in September came out in September. It’s received glowing reviews. Our interview covers her start in writing, including her choice to self-publish. She offers insights into the struggles to overcome family discord–reflected in her books. She also provides tips for fellow or would-be writers.