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Writing Lessons: Charlotte Perkins Gilmore gives a master class in horror and irony

Even though I  majored in English and took several short story courses, I had never heard of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) until a Labor Day weekend road trip.


‘Hothouse Orchid’ marred by sloppy writing, editorial mistakes

You’d think an author with over 40 best-selling books to his credit would have learned to pay attention to continuity; or have an assistant to handle “first reader duties”; or have an editorial staff with someone who looks for continuity errors.


Soldiers, musicians, Army ambassadors: ‘The good time we have onstage is not exactly a covert operation’

Imagine being lucky enough to do the job you love while representing America’s armed services.


Battle for America 2008: Two veterans deliver a master class in journalism – and let their readers decide the rest

When I was growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, we got three television channels: KLTV-Channel 7 from Tyler, KVTV-Channel 11 from Dallas and KSLA-Channel 12 from Shreveport/Texarkana. They came in only if the weather was cloudy, and the antenna was turned just right. My grandfather was the pressroom foreman for the Dallas Morning News, so we also used it as part of our window on the world.


‘The Lost Symbol’: Rollicking roller coaster reading

Dan Brown’s new book, “The Lost Symbol” sold one million copies the first day it hit bookshelves and on-line booksellers for a good reason. It’s a fabulous roller coaster ride written by one of the most entertaining authors to have ever put a pen to paper.

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