article-2313382-1970EE6F000005DC-499_964x641BEYOND TOMORROW

 Face forward into a windy day and listen

Feel the sun upon your face and dream

Watch the clouds and learn to change

Look to a starry night and know light even in darkness

Gaze upon fields of wheat and see the gold

Go barefoot on a stony path and dance

Watch the trees in the forest and learn to see

Look upon mountains high and know the nobility in a blade of grass

Hear thunder on a stormy day and feel the power

Feel rain drops fall upon your face and drink

Watch lightening cross the sky and learn to strive

Look into the heavens and know the magnificence of you

Listen to the ocean waves and hear the siren’s song

Feel the sand beneath your feet and run

Watch birds fly and learn to soar

Look to the horizon and know infinity

See life as one brand new so that you will remember

That you have come and gone before

And delight in all you see that you may learn

To look beyond tomorrow that you may know forever

By K. Demers Dowdall 

Copyright 2002  













Surviving the Editing Process

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“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” ….Harper Lee  [Writer’s Digest, September 1961]”

Having your first manuscript edited can dash your hopes of ever having a writing career. It can be a daunting experience. However, I decided this process could only make me a better writer. When an editor slashes your writing to ribbons you have two choices-be offended, crushed, and sink into malaise or learn. I have always looked at critiquing as an opportunity to learn from others who have probably been there too.  With any experience, good or not so good, there is always something positive to learn, to make you a better writer, a better person, a wiser person and to walk away with knowledge. For me, there are no downsides.

Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence, and face your future without fear. — Off The Record

via Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence, and face your future without fear. — Off The Record

This is my motto everyday (after I reprimand myself for mistakes made, things undone, self-evaluation, and a little trepidation) and then it is truly a brand new day to begin again, starting anew, knowing today I will endeavor to be my best self!  So, thank you “Off The Record” for another great post.



Top Ten Books to Encourage Discussions around Social Justice by Jennifer Orr

As an elementary educator I know the power picture books hold. Such books speak to our hearts and evoke strong emotions. As a result, they are a wonderful tool for starting discussions around diffi…

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I did not get this little poem up in time to be on the 21st for World Poetry Day, but I am an academic and writer and bad poet, so I hope I can be excused. It is simply a haiku for your consideration – Charles French


Managing one’s fear

In the face of oppression

The heart of courage


The Girl in Black

The Girl in Black” by Kathy Lauren Miller, is a hauntingly taut murder mystery as well as an awesome page-turner! The mystery begins with high school senior, Kate Mckenna who happens to live in an old Victorian manor that is also the Mckenna Memorial Funeral Home. Her father, Dr. Brendan Mckenna, happens to be the county’s Chief Medical Examiner.  Shy Kate, whose social life as always been nearly non-existent until she is thrust into the limelight when the promiscuous prom queen, Ashley, is found tortured and murdered.

Accusations run rampant in Kate’s High School concerning several male students that were involved with Ashley.  To make matters worse, Ashley’s remains now reside at the funeral home where Kate lives. Kate and her best friend Cooper, a computer nerd, and Kate’s unattainable heartthrob, handsome Shane, all become involved in Ashley’s murder.  Suddenly, Kate finds herself in the cross hairs of the sadistic killer and the vengeful ghost of Ashley, the murdered prom queen. What happens next is beyond Kate’s worse nightmare.  The Girl in Black is a fascinating and terrifying murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book.