Stephen King’s “The Stand”

Everyone has insisted that I read the uncut version, but I wonder just how much had been cut out in this very long introduction to the world. I suspect it was mostly the beginning. I see how it can be interesting to know this about these people, but I also see ...

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PGR is up

Pediatric Grand Rounds is being hosted by the guy who started it, Clark Bartram. He has a picture up of himself, but I know it is fake. This is the real Clark Bartram.  

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Round It Goes

I have a great pediatrician for my kids. He was my pediatrician when I was a teenager, though he doesn’t remember me. I saw him only two times: one for migraines and one for bronchitis that he suspected at the time may have been a symptom of asthma. I pretty much ...

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Speaking of Books

I just found out that one of my all time favorite books was rereleased about 5 years ago. My original copy had long ago been destroyed, and the copy I’d found at a garage sale has also almost completely fallen apart. Luckily, the new printing is in a sturdier format than the original. ...

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Writing Critique Group

Tonight, for the first time in nearly 2 years! One of my stories, an old one, is being critiqued. I’m critiquing two others. I’ve offered critique to a couple of my fellow bloggers and haven’t gotten around to it. I’m sorry about that. Poke me, get on my case. Send ...

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Today, I Had Free Reign

Okay, it was just in regards to fixing some of my husband’s writing. He asked me to edit it and said “You have free reign.” “You mean, to write about that airplane incident the other night? Ohh! And can I write about that time when…”  “Uh, no.” Darn. Editing with free ...

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Mother Hen

Yesterday, we went to the zoo. Among the animals we saw, we witnessed a common chicken, a hen, herding her small chicks about. Close by a rooster kept guard. I’m not sure if he was the father or not. I’ve seen chicks on a farm, and chickens on a farm, but ...

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Monster

There are monsters in this world. Some of them wrought by the actions of others, some of them self made beings. Dr. Charles told us of one today. He worried that it might cause offense, and in a way he was right. I was offended, but not at him. At ...

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Wanted: Wise Reader

Writers need wise readers. Readers who don’t care for their feelings, readers who know a good story, who can see why a story isn’t working for them. Married writers often have their spouse to help them, to be their first reader. The one who will both be excited with them, ...

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Oregon

To be honest, I didn’t really want to go ‘out of town’ two weeks ago. It involved far more pervasive socialization than I would choose with people I am not completely comfortable with. It involved trading in the minivan that was at least practical for a big monster of a ...

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