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Books to Gift Your Teacher This Teacher’s Day

The relationship between a student and his or her teacher evolves and grows with age. This is because from childhood to adolescence we grow up learning from them. They nurture our minds and shape up our future. They lay the foundation stone of our personalities, the way we turn out in our lives. Apart from teaching, they put lots of effort in inculcating basic values and ethics in us. To look up to them in admiration, we always celebrate 5th September with great…


Added by Maria Witwiky on September 2, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

. sticky eyes .

unpicked ready for the day.

tried to convey joy, delight at

some where back before, some where

so badly spelled. fell on deaf eyes,

ears that cannot see some things.

it is the middle of some where,

one hour’s parking, no photographs


he watched me through a window high,

had set the looms some thirty years.

he understood the wool, the thread,

the wonder of it all.

he said some people like utter rubbish.

as do…


Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on September 1, 2015 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Read an excerpt of Kalisha's novel-in-progress, SPEAKING OF SUMMER.

Intellectual Refuge has published an excerpt of Kalisha’s novel-in-progress, Speaking of Summer. The story follows a successful but overwhelmed New York woman who finds out her interpretation of her twin sister’s death may say more about her own life than her deceased sister’s. Kalisha appears alongside other…


Added by Kalisha Buckhanon on September 1, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Unexpected Book, TV, and Movie Delights of the summer of '15

Labor Day. Unofficial End to Summer. But summer of 2015 had a few unexpected delights…


Re-read Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret. How ahead of the time was Judy Blume? unexpectedly fresh and relevant, especially…


Added by Caroline Bock on September 1, 2015 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Northwestern's Writing Chicago Conference

I’m still processing much of the information I learned at Northwestern’s Writing Chicago conference. Some mornings I wake up thinking about one thing or another that I learned. It’s a good feeling: I wake up fresh, rejuvenated, inspired and ready to go.


I took the train into Chicago…


Added by Adela Crandell Durkee on September 1, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

New title, new cover (hoping it'll be worth it!)

Following a super-popular blog post from Joanna Penn on the merits of retitling an existing book, I've given my newish novel, Rules for the Perpetual Diet, a new fun title, as well as a wonderful new cover.

Check out: The Paris Effect. …


Added by Karen Burns on September 1, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

It's Okay!

It's okay to be happy and to smile- to let your spirit shine though! It's okay to feel good.

You know. many of us were raised with the idea that we always had to serious; you know that nose-to-the-grindstone stuff. And that if we even picked up our noses from that grindstone then we weren't being serious…


Added by Deborah Ailman on September 1, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments

The Shift from Nonfiction to Fiction (Including a Pen Name) by Susan Shapiro Barash


                                                  The Shift from Nonfiction to Fiction (Including a Pen Name)


                                                                             by Susan Shapiro Barash



            Incendiary issues and complicated roles for women have been my mainstay as a nonfiction writer. For each of my books/studies I interviewed a diverse group of women across the country. They spoke of how they truly…


Added by susan shapiro barash on September 1, 2015 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

If I waited till I felt like writing...

Added by Laurie Buchanan on September 1, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

Grammergency #20: Preposterous Prepositions

According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, a preposition is “a word or group of words that is used with a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase to show direction, location, or time, or to introduce an object.” Common prepositions include but are not remotely limited to in, on, at, to, from, for, with, without, of, about, between, through, against, before,…


Added by Annie Tucker on September 1, 2015 at 9:53am — No Comments

You're Invited!

You are Cordially Invited:


Occasion: Laura’s Pity Party

Where: The Riverbank

When: Really, really soon


Everybody needs a good Pity Party now and then – that’s found in the gospel according to the not-feeling-so-saintly-today Laura: Party, Pity vs. 3. A righteous “woe is me, for I am undone,” sort of shindig. Where you can shed emotional altitude…


Added by Laura Landgraf on September 1, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments

Looking for nonfictions writer's group in Chicago North Suburbs

Two nonfiction writers in Chicago north suburbs looking to establish a writer's group.  Looking for committed writers willing to share manuscripts and experience.  Anyone else out there interested?  

Added by Elizabeth Brown on September 1, 2015 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

7 Ideas For an Expensive Looking Living Rooms


Added by Melissa Tylor on September 1, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

New Haiku

Posted 4 new haiku:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on September 1, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

How to write a conclusive summary for your essays?

Attempting to write a quality essay means you have to work on various areas of the essay. In its simplest form, essay is divided into five paragraphs and three major sections, where students tackle different requirements based on the assignment brief and topics you have. For example, when working on the introduction part of an essay, you will be talking about the background of the topic, its introduction in the context of explaining the technicalities and getting it familiar to your target…


Added by Albert Einstine on September 1, 2015 at 4:55am — No Comments


research is kind, we have tried many colours.

we ate the cake, yet not wishing to appear
greedy left a crumb.

for a bird.

we wander through where the fence should be,
not minding the delay.

you see, we are lucky here, safe and dry,
we do really miss that little dog.

gone now.


Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on August 31, 2015 at 10:17pm — No Comments

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How to choose the right accommodation for your next business trip!

Choosing the perfect accommodation for a business trip can be daunting especially if you are doing it for the first time. Below are some tips as to how you can pick the best accommodation for your needs.

Check the reviews

It’s important to get feedback from past guests, but you must bear in mind that people are more likely to leave a negative review than a positive one. So dig deeper and see if all of the reviews have a common theme to them that might lead to you…


Added by Natalie Athanasiadis on August 31, 2015 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Do You Practice It?

Are you practicing it…gratitude? Do you make it a point to give thanks for all the good in your life? Do you get up in the morning and as your feet hit the ground say “thank you” for being here- another day on this glorious earth? Or do you get up, throw the covers off and then utter and expletive and literally…


Added by Deborah Ailman on August 31, 2015 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Writing: The Enemy of Mindfulness?

I meditate, but only for 10-minute stints, and I don't do it every day.  I’m a very sporadic and inconsistent yogi. I've never been to an ashram and probably never will.


Yet, I claim to live a (sorta) mindful life.   I can sit in traffic or get horribly lost and…


Added by Aine Greaney on August 31, 2015 at 12:52pm — No Comments

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