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2013 National Medal of Arts and Humanities awards

I'm so thrilled that President Obama will be awarding the 2013 National Medal of Arts and Humanities citations to two wonderful writers, Julia Alvarez and Maxine Hong Kingston next week. I am pleased Julia Alvarez is one of the recipients of the medal (and of course, doubly thrilled that she endorsed my memoir, "The Coconut Latitudes.")  Per the White House announcement, Alvarez is being honored for "for her extraordinary storytelling. In poetry and in prose, Ms. Alvarez explores…


Added by Rita Gardner on July 22, 2014 at 9:04pm — No Comments

I am She

I am the one pure soul who got out and escaped with my soul and my eternal freedom, my pure dreams, and my sacred subconscious in tact. I bring to me all that I need, and I share the abundance of good things that are coming to me now from all good sources in my life with my children, with my sacred partner, and with my friends and family. I give back to Gaia and to Mother Nature, because I am Her. I am one with that divine sacred energy known as the Tao, who changes her shape and…


Added by Julie Henderson on July 22, 2014 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Packaging in Its New Trend

Protection, storage and hygienic handling of a product play a major role in packaging. It is often regarded as the most important form of advertising that leads most consumers to be triggered to “impulse buying”. Conventionally, not much importance has ever been given to packaging design, but changes in consumer’s preferences have led to setting a new trend in product packaging.

A certain product no matter what greatness it contains in terms of quality but is in a run-of-the-mill…


Added by Gary Briscoe on July 22, 2014 at 8:28pm — No Comments

I won a writing contest

I'm documenting some of my writing accomplishments. This week I won a fantasy writing contest, 1st place. I'm in the process of editing the short story. Publication should be middle of next year.

Added by Winter Bayne on July 22, 2014 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Kind Words Are Always Better

Kind words are always better…for both sides. But ask yourself “Am I kind when I speak?” And “Are my actions kind?”

Do I encourage others? Am I a sympathetic ear to turn to? Do I actively listen and try my best to offer advice that will help and in a gentle manner?

Or do I speak words like “Are you…


Added by Deborah Ailman on July 22, 2014 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Step Up and Let Go

“Step Up And Let Go” is my new book, available on my website  if you’d like a signed copy and also available on

It chronicles my own personal struggle with still hurting from past comments and…


Added by Deborah Ailman on July 22, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments

Marketing tip: Use text in your hyperlinks

Including hyperlinks in your marketing materials is a great way to send people to your Amazon page, or your website, or your Facebook page, or anywhere you want them to go. But the actual links can be long and quite unsightly, so I suggest using the text function to make them look clean, pretty and professional.



Added by Maria Murnane on July 22, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Syntax of Distancing (Poem)

Posted new poem, "Syntax of Distancing":

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 22, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone! It is another beautiful day full of opportunity and promise for those with an open heart and mind.

And so should…

Added by Deborah Ailman on July 22, 2014 at 7:11am — No Comments


I just got back from ten days in Italy. It was, in a word, amazing. And that’s not even a very good word. As I prepared to be away from my daily life for ten days, I considered what to do about my writing. I have a small, leather travel journal that I always pack with me, but a quick flip through the pages of past…


Added by Cindy Eastman on July 22, 2014 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Gain A Competitive Edge By Launching Mobile Compatible Website

Give your small business a competitive edge with a mobile website. Mobile websites are the future today as they help you to reach out to a greater audience. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of mobile phone users. This makes it essential that you optimize your company’s website for smartphones…


Added by Jack Dawson on July 22, 2014 at 4:37am — No Comments

A Portfolio Site In Web Designing Plays A Crucial Role In Attracting Potential Clients

A web design portfolio will help you to attract the attention of clients. A portfolio will play an important role in your career in web designing. It will give your clients an insight on the kind of projects which you have handled and the experience which you have gained. It is the best way in which you can…


Added by Jack Dawson on July 22, 2014 at 4:15am — No Comments

Milieu Of Career Options For Finance Graduates And The Necessary Skills To Thrive

For any finance graduate completing the Bachelor’s degree, is considered to be the first step in the path of pursuing a lucrative career. This is a multifaceted industry and with an adequate degree the aspirants can opt for a number of job titles in this field. For the different job title, you need different…


Added by Jack Dawson on July 22, 2014 at 3:56am — No Comments

Valuable Points To Jot Down While Planning To Buy Land For Tadoba Resort

Buying a raw piece of land might sounds to be a complicated task, but in reality it is just the opposite. It is way cheaper when compared with buying a home, with some strings attached, and this can also be stated to be an independent step towards the best future, ever make. Are you planning to buy land in…


Added by Jack Dawson on July 22, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

I have to preface this post by noting how easy it is to make mistakes when you're on the road to becoming a published author. This is an emotional journey, and ego can sometimes get in the way. Then there's the many details you must hold, which even publishers get wrong from time to time. I've…


Added by Brooke Warner on July 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

What Kind of Movies Do You Play in Your Mind?

What kind of movies do you play in your mind?

Do you play movies of success, of friendship, of harmony? Do you play movies where you are the hero who has the confidence to set a goal and see it through? Do you see yourself living the life you desire because you deserve it? Good for you!

But if your…


Added by Deborah Ailman on July 21, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments

5 Questions for...C. Susan Nunn

C. Susan Nunn is the author of the new book Song of the Earth, which just became available on Amazon, print and Kindle, on July 18. Susan holds an MFA, with a dual concentration in fiction and creative nonfiction, from Antioch University Los Angeles, and is a Certified…


Added by Five Questions on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Monday Muse: North Carolina Poet Laureate

Monday Muse provides an update on the outcome of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's announcement of a new Poet Laureate:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 21, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments

It's Your Decision by Ed Grizzle

It's Your Decision

Title: It’s Your Decision

Author: Ed Grizzle

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 128

Genre: Family Relationships/Parenting

Format: Ebook

Purchase at …


Added by Tracee Gleichner on July 21, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone! It's the start of a new day and a new week. It's a new beginning; a present from the Universe and it's in the form of a fresh slate with a big bow on it made just for you to fashion your day. So what will it be? Will it be laughter and triumph; confidence and…


Added by Deborah Ailman on July 21, 2014 at 5:58am — No Comments

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