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What if it’s Alzheimer’s? Quit Worrying.

Get a Memory Check During National Memory Screening Week By Marianne Sciucco, author of Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, #AlzAuthors I’m writing today as one of the forgotten, one of those left behind in the fog of Alzheimer’s disease that took over someone I loved. The first time this happened was in the late 1980’s, when, as a 20-something, I didn’t know much about this disease and didn’t understand why Auntie Gilda had to live in a nursing home and didn’t recognize me when I came to call. She (more…)

The Humbling of the Shrew

The Humbling of the Shrew – a tale of sixty-four bits or less… by Michael Lynes So…I hate computers and computers hate me. I suppose it’s only fair. After all I have misspent the last three decades of my youth assembling, tinkering, compiling and probing their convoluted silicon innards, and what creation does not harbor hatred for its creator? My reciprocal loathing is similarly well founded as the rewards of a career in embedded software engineering are few and fleeting. For instance I’ve long ago given up any hope of (more…)

Beyond “Still Alice”: 5 Books on Alzheimer’s You May Have Missed

What do you know about Alzheimer’s? Anything? What should you know about Alzheimer’s? Something. This is not just our parents’ disease. It’s a problem that has far-reaching complications, not only wreaking havoc in the life of the one afflicted, but in the lives of all those surrounding him or her: spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, friends, caregivers, and the greater community. Its impact is exponential: For each one of the 5.3 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there are another 5.3 million (at the very least) affected. (Alz.org) These people are our (more…)

Writing Space: Ideal vs. Reality

“Writing Space: Ideal vs. Reality” by Christi Corbett When I was young, I pictured the location where authors/writers did their work. It was always some variation of the following: The recently showered and fully dressed author/writer pads down a long hallway and opens a door to their own private writing space. Clutching a mug of tea/coffee, the writer sits down at a comfortable chair located behind a highly polished, very organized mahogany desk. There is a wall of books on one wall and a window with a completely astounding view (more…)

How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant or How to Start Writing That Novel By Kevin M. Kraft I recently reconnected with a dear high school friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen, or spoken to, for over 20 years. With a single telephone call all of the years seemed compressed. While I struggled with the fact of the two-decade estrangement, I enjoyed catching up and letting her know what I’d been doing. Namely, writing. After I filled her in, she expressed her desire in writing a novel, which, in turn, reminded (more…)

Advice for Writers

Top Ten List of Advice for Writers by Krysten Lindsay Hager 1. Read, read, read. One of the best bits of advice I ever read in a writing book was to read 100 books of whatever genre you are planning to write for before you begin. That comes from Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers. I cringe every single time I hear a writer say, “I don’t read.” 2. Take a literature class. It’s the best way to see how stories are written and put together. It’s like learning from (more…)

The Energy Of Love

“The Energy Of Love” by Paul Brewster Michael climbed the stairs to his grandfather’s bedroom. He opened the door and went in. His grandfather, now eighty-seven, was propped up on two pillows reading a book. Michael, who was seven, and the youngest of five children, went and stood beside his grandfather’s bed. His grandfather looked up from his book at Michael, and said, “Hello Michael. You’ve finished your dinner have you?” “Yes grandpapa, I have. What are you reading?” “This?” asked Michael’s grandfather, as he waved the book in front (more…)

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love… a poem by Gilda Evans Most of my audience knows me as an author and speaker, but few are familiar with my poetry. My poetry is as diverse as my other writings – the meter, subject matter and innate rhythms vary greatly. The one I’ve chosen to share now is one of my earlier poems. It is freeform with a distinctly feminine subject. It was inspired on a rather lonely, rainy day several years ago while I was contemplating the view from my window. I felt a (more…)