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Reading A Widow’s Story & Remembering 2008 JCO Talk

A spouse’s passing devastates. A Widow’s Story, by Joyce Carol Oates, illustrates the first year after her husband, Raymond J. Smith, died on February 18, 2008. Oates was fortunate to have many devoted friends, but she still felt isolated and

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The Post: Film About Katharine Graham, Unsure to Unstoppable

Recently, I saw The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film centers on a damning Vietnam War study and Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham’s most-difficult decision in 1971. At the beginning of the film, I was confused by

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Dimorier Brought Newspapers to Erie Classrooms

In 1914, William Dimorier, a high school teacher from Erie, PA, received national recognition for a project he had initiated at Erie High called “Newspaper Week.” While Dimorier was not the originator of such a concept, his project was the

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NaNoWriMo Final Update — I’m a Winner!

11/28/2017 – Two Days Early – I’m a Winner (Word Count 54,130) Yes, it’s true. I’m officially a NaNoWriMo winner. My official word count is 54,130. I felt the need to exceed 50,000 words, because I started with 3,874. What

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Periodic Updates!

I’ve decided that one post with periodic updates makes more sense from here forward in this NaNoWriMo adventure.  It seems as though I might actually complete this thing! 11/25/2017 – After Thanksgiving Break, Back on Track (Word Count 45,322) I’m

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Day Three!

I decided it would probably be better to do these NaNoWriMo updates at the end of the day, rather than the beginning. It’s too easy to get sidetracked before the writing has started. While these updates may be helpful for

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Day Two!

Yesterday marked a great start to NaNoWriMo. I started with 3,874 words and ended with 6,549. That’s a word count for the day of 2,675. My goal was 2,000. It was amazing how easily the words were dripping from my

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NaNoWriMo 2017 – Day One!

After many years of having a profile on the NaNoWriMo site, conditions are finally right for me to participate in the 50,000-word novel challenge during the month of November. NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization that sponsors the challenge in which

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A National-Anthem Fable

Once upon a time, there was a country called, “Independence.” The citizens of Independence prided themselves on their patriotism, having an appreciation for the long-ago revolution that had liberated them from oppression. The citizens of Independence enjoyed many freedoms, including

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William E. Dimorier: Servant Leader

This blog post contains information on the manuscript that resulted from the Dimorier Project. BRIEF ABSTRACT The Dimorier project began in 2004, when a handwritten journal of original poetry was discovered at a printing-house auction in Erie, Pennsylvania. The journal belonged

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