Seven Ways to Bring Your Business Out of Online Obscurity

Seven Ways to Bring Your Business Out of Online Obscurity

“What’s one word that would describe how you’re feeling right now.” I asked. “Frustrated.” “Overwhelmed.” “Excited” “Confused.” The answers were pretty typical. Most audiences I address these days are full of business people who know there is a huge amount of opportunity available to them through the proper management of their online content. But they don’t know how to leverage it. A recent...

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Self-Publishing Resources for Writers

Self-Publishing Resources for Writers

I stared at the unopened email in my inbox and held my breath. It was from one of the literary agents I had approached to represent me towards the publication of my first novel and I dared myself to be hopeful. I was on a precarious journey to become a published author and I had received five rejections so far. Could this be The One? If you’ve ever held a dream closely in your heart,...

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Parenting as Crap Shoot: And Then the Music Played

Parenting as Crap Shoot: And Then the Music Played

I sat alone in the middle of the university’s recital hall and listened to the dissonant sounds of the musicians tuning up for their performance. People in the audience were chattering excitedly, their voices swarming and swirling around me in another tuneless wave of sound, all of it resonating within me and awakening memories of my own university years, and the starlight that fueled my...

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Why We Listened When My Father Read to Us

Why We Listened When My Father Read to Us

I have precious childhood memories of sitting with my sister on my father’s lap and listening with rapt attention as Dad read aloud to us. Sometimes he would carry us away into a world of chubby stuffed teddy bears and their squeaky piglet friends. We would listen, enchanted, as Winnie-the-Pooh found himself wedged firmly in to the entranceway of Rabbit’s home, or got his head stuck in a hunny...

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Book #5 Just Wouldn’t Write Itself

Book #5 Just Wouldn’t Write Itself

I stared at the blank computer screen in front of me and tried to keep breathing. It was the first day of working on my new book and, as is usual in these situations, there was nothing to work with. Absolutely nothing. No random, independent words floating in free association across my range of vision. No helpful skeletal structure upon which to hang some muscle-bound language. Not even a...

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The Heartbreak and Magnificence I Found in Nepal

The Heartbreak and Magnificence I Found in Nepal

My daughter and I walked along the streets of Katmandu, eyes agog and hearts pounding with the unreality of the scene before us. It was my first time in a country people have labelled as “Third World,” and everything was unfamiliar; much of it was heart-breaking. Legless people propelled themselves along the sidewalk on their rear ends, using their hands and arms for locomotion. The pungent...

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