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I have enjoyed writing throughout the course of my life.  I've traveled to several countries teaching training materials that I developed. 

Films, literature, poetry and sports interest me. Studying history and learning from the past inspires me. Family is my paramount passion.

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  • 6 Quotes For A Philosophy Of Life
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    6 Quotes For A Philosophy Of Life

    10 months ago

    We live our lives by a philosophy, whether we realize it or not. In this collection of quotes, I've borrowed from several current and past sources to suggest adopting a philosophy for living.

  • Top Five Humphrey Bogart Movies
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    Top Five Humphrey Bogart Movies

    2 months ago

    These movies make my top five Humphrey Bogart films from the at least 80 he starred in. All of my choices are from the 1940's. The writers, directors, stories and co-stars have influenced my choices.

  • Review of  "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King
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    Review of "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King

    6 months ago

    Stephen King tells us his personal story in his book "On Writing" and describes "how I came to this craft, what I know about it now, and how it’s done.” I've added my thoughts on the first...

  • Just War and Faith
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    Just War and Faith

    4 weeks ago

    Reconciling one's faith with the state of world affairs is a challenge for us all. One Christian man reveals the feelings that led him to his decision to go to war and shares a poem written for him.

  • Poetry Basics
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    Poetry Basics

    5 months ago

    A poet finds his inspiration from many sources. Translating this inspiration to a poem that moves the reader is the challenge. This Hub includes poetry writing basics.

  • Haiku Explained
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    Haiku Explained

    10 months ago

    Traditional haiku is written with 5-7-5 syllables in 3 lines. This article describes my efforts at composing haiku, a definition of haiku, and examples by Basho, Richard Wright and me. Enjoy!

  • What Makes Great Novels Great?
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    What Makes Great Novels Great?

    6 months ago

    Reading and selecting The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time is an exciting exercise in literary criticism. My Top Ten Greatest Novels are listed and a discussion of the criteria for their selection.

  • Kill Time
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    Kill Time

    9 months ago

    This vignette captures a moment in time for a young man caught in his personal doldrums. Unable to find work for the first time in his life, he struggles to kill time. Follow our hero through his day.

  • A Poem's Nature
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    A Poem's Nature

    11 months ago

    This selection explores the nature of a poem and the influence of William Wordsworth and Romanticism on my poems. Man's interaction with nature in poetry is also discussed.

  • A Jesus Freak
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    A Jesus Freak

    9 months ago

    This story presents A Picture of a Jesus Freak. One young man began believing in Jesus Christ and was able to continue following Him, despite the prophecy of an unbelieving friend.

  • 16 Tips To Successfully Read A Poem To A Girl
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    16 Tips To Successfully Read A Poem To A Girl

    10 months ago

    Tips on Successfully Reading a Poem to a Girl are what every guy needs at some point in his life. Romance is important to us all! These sixteen tips will help a guy read poetry to a girl successfully.

  • Poet's Inspiration - Summer Musings
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    Poet's Inspiration - Summer Musings

    11 months ago

    "Summer Musings' are a poet's offering of experiences with nature during summertime. The images, sounds and creatures of summer are presented in poetic form. Nature's effect on the poet is described.

  • A Guide to George Washington
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    A Guide to George Washington

    6 months ago

    George Washington was the first President of the United States. He served as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. He helped a fledgling country become the greatest democracy in history.

  • How to Pray to a Deity
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    How to Pray to a Deity

    4 weeks ago

    How to Pray to a Deity describes the postures and rituals surrounding this practice. Worship for Judasim, Catholicism and Islam is disscussed. Prayer is common to all worshippers in every religion.

  • Three Best Tourist Sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2016
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    Three Best Tourist Sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2016

    6 months ago

    The Three Best Tourist Sites to visit in Pittsburgh, PA are: The Point, Mount Washington and The Carnegie Science Center. Experience some of the finest attractions Pittsburgh has to offer.

  • Treasure by the Sea - Story and Poem
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    Treasure by the Sea - Story and Poem

    11 months ago

    Relationships begin in different ways. For his couple, love found them by the sea. This story and poem is about a man finding love and treasure by the sea.

  • The Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
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    The Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA

    6 months ago

    The Civic Arena has it's place in Pittsburgh's history. It served as a premier entertainment venue for almost 50 years. I present a nostalgic tribute to The Civic Arena (aka Mellon Arena).

  • Gordon W. Allport's Trait Theory - Cardinal Traits - Psychology
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    Gordon W. Allport's Trait Theory - Cardinal Traits - Psychology

    9 months ago

    Gordon W. Allport's Trait Theory includes the concept of Cardinal Traits. This is the dominant characteristic that controls personality. Themes, use and application are presented.

  • 10 Ways to Demoralize Your Employees at Work
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    10 Ways to Demoralize Your Employees at Work

    5 months ago

    A tongue-in-cheek look at 10 ways to demoralize your employees. Describes how things are done in some businesses. Corporate culture that doesn't motivate employees can mean death to an organization.

  • 3 More Love Poems - Romantic Hearts
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    3 More Love Poems - Romantic Hearts

    10 months ago

    In whatever language you speak, love poetry moves our hearts and souls. On Valentine's Day we celebrate our romantic hearts' impulses. These three poems are shared with love.

  • A Baseball Game - Hero at Last!
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    A Baseball Game - Hero at Last!

    12 months ago

    Baseball can me an exciting game! The pitch, catch, hit or run! Our hero plays an important role in this story of America's favorite past-time. He experiences something every ballplayer has dreams of.

  • 3 Love Poems - Romantic Hearts on Valentine's Day
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    3 Love Poems - Romantic Hearts on Valentine's Day

    4 weeks ago

    Romantic poetry inspires us all to be loving in our relationships. For Valentine's Day, I share these poems of love for you. Everyone loves a lover! With Love.

  • Keep Your New Year's Resolutions: Goals and Values
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    Keep Your New Year's Resolutions: Goals and Values

    13 days ago

    New Year's Resolution's are easier to make than keep! Connecting goals and values make it easier to change vexing habits, improve your health and relationships. You CAN keep your promises to yourself!

  • A Blue Mime's Story
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    A Blue Mime's Story

    15 months ago

    A family of blue mimes lived near the edge of a river and tended an apple orchard and small farm. The little boy mime has an adventure that might surprise and encourage you!

  • Top Five Christmas Songs - Animated Specials
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    Top Five Christmas Songs - Animated Specials

    11 months ago

    These are my top five Christmas songs from cartoons or animated specials. Listening to them takes me back to the simpler, innocent days of childhood.

  • Top Five Classic Christmas Movies
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    Top Five Classic Christmas Movies

    4 weeks ago

    This time of year, we celebrate the Spirit of Christmas. These special classic movies help us remember the reason for the season and present the Spirit of Christmas uniquely and profoundly!

  • Fear of The One - Harpaxophobia Story
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    Fear of The One - Harpaxophobia Story

    4 weeks ago

    Phobias are often uncontrollable and irrational. Harpaxophobia is the fear of being robbed. Our character lives in a solitary world, alone and safe. Locked away with his fears, he awaits for the One.

  • Romantic Kiss On A Porch Swing
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    Romantic Kiss On A Porch Swing

    6 months ago

    It's exciting to try to make our romantic dreams come true. Our plans don't always end the way we expect. Sometimes life intervenes as our romantic hero discovered 'how to kiss' on one sunny day!

  • Renewal of Love - Poem for Marriages
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    Renewal of Love - Poem for Marriages

    6 months ago

    Marriages have periods of ebb and flow. We try to "perfect" each other. This leads to struggles that are common, ordinary, and possibly necessary to survive. This poem is about love and compromise.

  • Find the Nativity of Christ
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    Find the Nativity of Christ

    5 months ago

    Christmas is a time of wonder--like it was for this toddler. Reverence and silent worship marked his heartfelt response to the Nativity of Christ. He was able to find Christ in Christmas.

  • Remembering Charleen, My Friend Forever
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    Remembering Charleen, My Friend Forever

    8 weeks ago

    This poem is written in memory of my friend Charleen, a caring, loving person. Admired and respected by all, she was always ready with a smile and kind word. Praying and singing is how I remember her.

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