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A Slice of Alabama Life”

The author takes you back to rural Alabama in the 1950s. It is a coming-of-age story set in the decade of Gunsmoke, Bugs Bunny, Patsy Cline and Elvis. A tale of two brothers. Billy is the teenage basketball star, and young Roy idolizes him. The story is not fast paced, but it immerses you in farm life of the South back in the day. You’ll get to know Dad and Mama, sisters Martha and Shirley, and Sam, the farm dog. It’s a Norman Rockwell painting come to life, one not perfect, but with all the normal stresses. I feel like I could draw that farmhouse from the author’s details. The highback oak chairs carved with leaves, the blue willow china. Although the novel only spans a few days, it’s not boring–there’s Chester, a boy not quite right, who chases…

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Consider all,

Follow own.

Behind Me

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“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” Cyril Connolly

This is a quote I often ponder. How do I keep my writing from being just another needle in the haystack? (An obvious answer is to stop writing clichés.)

I understand the concept of writing for an audience from journalism school, but does that mean selling out? I don’t think whore writing is a literary term.

You can’t live life without being true to yourself so why should writing be different?

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Love outshines

The dark.

Final Hours

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Poems of BREVITY

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Tight Spots












Love widens

The way.













Honesty lifts

The burden.


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