Spring Hope


Angela Breidenbach

Angie's Place

Ten Tips for Taming the Big Life

Is life too complicated? Big life events cause a reordering of priorities. Big life events help us whittle down our long lists and over-stuffed homes. Big life events remind us of who is important, what our goals are, and why we do what we do. Doubt me? New babies, major surgery, and major life changes all make us take stock.

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Loree Lough

Loree's Lough Down

You Think I Did What?

Scenario: You’re at a backyard barbecue. Uncle Harry steps up beside you in the hot dog line and whispers, “So, how many books do you have in print now?” You grind your toe into the lawn. Shrug. Try to pretend he hadn’t put onions—lots of onions—on his last hot dog, and fire off the latest number. “No kidding? Wow.” He glances at your spouse, winks, and adds “And he [or she] is okay, spending all that money?”

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Caroline Friday

At the Movies

The Artist

Who would’ve thought a black-and-white silent French film would be entertaining in this day and age? Because I am a movie lover, and I trust the Motion Picture Academy’s taste in quality films (even though I may not agree with their choice on Best Picture), I was willing to take a chance and pay full-blown theater admission to see this year’s Oscar winner, The Artist.

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How NOT To Get Published

Thomas Smith

More Questions from the Old Mailbag

Welcome back to another exciting edition of “How Not to Get Published” (or as they call it in the editorial offices, Oh, Lord, He’s At It Again). This month we’re dusting off the old mailbag and digging in to answer some of the pressing writer-type questions that have plagued writer-types for ages. Okay, if I had an actual mailbag, I would have dug in it. Still, there are questions to be answered, so let’s get right to it.

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