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On Babies, Death and Jamey Genna

Posted by admin on August 19, 2013 in Books |

Throw the baby away? Can we imagine that? I’m not talking abortion, I’m talking about a mother who throws her baby away…into a garbage dump. Is that person a murderer? These are the thoughts that rocketed through my head after reading Pushcart Prize nominee, Jamey Genna’s short story “The Wind Chill Factor Kicked In.” The […]

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On Sheep, Blogging and Hog Leg .44s

Posted by admin on August 2, 2013 in Musings, Writing |

The beginning of this October, I am to participate in a writers’ retreat about blogging with some fine fellow bloggers, and I suspect there will be a bevy of useful tips and advice for writers of all levels. My experience as a blogger is: I know how to get my blog up on my site […]

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On Pruners, Prose and Metaphor

Posted by admin on April 5, 2013 in Musings, Travel, Writing |

Betty and I have been on the road it seems all winter and the early weeks of spring. So when we returned home to Boise eight days ago, our yard looked a little haggard, as if we needed to spend some serious work time. Pruning and digging and raking and planting all need to be […]

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Real Cowboys Didn’t Go to “Cowboys”

Posted by admin on February 17, 2012 in Movies, Musings |

Last weekend I attended a workshop given by teacher, raconteur, cowboy poet, rope twirler, guitar picker, yodeler and warbler extraordinaire, Ernie Sites. The event was held in downtown Boise and sponsored by Elaine Ambrose of Mill Park Publishing in Eagle, Idaho. I like to write poetry but the cowboy poetry genre often confounds me. I’m […]

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On Cowboy Poetry, Elko, Teresa Jordan and Blogging

Posted by admin on January 27, 2012 in Musings |

Betty and I will soon be off to Elko, Nevada for the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a celebration of the American West and an effort to preserve our western heritage. This year we are going early so that I can attend a two day blogging workshop taught by writer Teresa Jordan. Teresa is noted […]

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On Beowulf, William Safire, Old English and the Constitution.

Posted by admin on May 6, 2011 in Musings |

“Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of […]

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Feral Kittens

Posted by admin on February 4, 2011 in Guest Blogs |

This week Ken’s blog features California teacher and short story composer Jamey Genna, whose writing is quirky, poignant and her irony will knock you off balance. Well, what I constantly have been thinking about for the past three months are these three feral kittens I trapped, that don’t seem to be all that feral.  They […]

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