Monthly Archives: July 2011

My “Shining” Moment

About 20 years ago I was on the board of directors of a computer software users group. We were planning our annual convention to be held in Orlando, and took a trip down to meet with the hotel and negotiate … Continue reading

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Overcoming Fear of Heights

Fear of heights can take different forms. One form is Vertigo, a feeling of dizziness triggered by looking from a height. With normal dizziness, a person will feel that their surroundings are spinning or moving. Vertigo is different in that … Continue reading

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Future of the Book

(notes from panel at Spring 2011 Gaithersburg Book Festival) Participants: Michael Norris, Editor, Book Publishing Report Jed Lyons, President & CEO, Rowman & Littlefield (publishing) Geoff Shandler, Editor-in-Chief,  Little, Brown & Co. (publishing) Mark LaFramboise, Book seller and lead book … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Unhealthy Relationships

There’s an old tale about cooking a live frog by starting it in a pot of cold water. The frog could easily jump out of the pot, but the water is comfortable so it stays put. The water heats up … Continue reading

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The earth’s cup is overflowing with a healing draught for you there’s a wholeness Nature’s holding in the gray and green and blue Deep in hidden places is the tranquility you need to hear the perfect tapestry in the brush … Continue reading

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Father’s Day at the Beach

Flash fiction challenge–genre: humor, theme: Father’s Day at the Beach, Focus: a purple turtle, limit: 715 words (won first place) My folks always seemed very conservative to me, so it was a shock when I hit thirty and they declared … Continue reading

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