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Slow-Cooker Yummy Banana Cake

Slow-Cooker Yummy Banana Cake

Have a bunch of too-ripe bananas that nobody will eat? Don’t want to throw them out? Well, here’s a recipe that was supposed to be banana bread but somewhere along the line I made a mistake & it ended up a slow-cooker banana cake. My youngest son declares it a winner! Feeds 8 – 10. …

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To Be A Good Writer, You MUST Read

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~ Stephen King To be a good writer, you must read to learn what is good writing Reading good writing can teach you about structure, dialogue, pacing, plot, using symbols & imagery to convey a …

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How Reading Can Change Your Life

“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.” ~ Stephen King There are documented scientific reasons about the importance of reading, according to a seminar I once attended given by a neurologist who had been studying the brain for three …

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What a kind word can do

What A Kind Word Can Do

Here’s a shout-out to a lovely lady named Ann Best, who became my personal hero one day last month. On the same day I received a comment on my blog that ripped me as a person apart, Ann wrote this comment for me on a guest post I had written: I’m so glad I subscribe …

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My Favorite Writing Advice: Feeling In Over Your Head

Favorite writing advice: “A writer should always feel like he’s in over his head. That’s part of what makes good writing compelling.” Who said the writing advice about feeling in over your head: Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Hours Why: Show of hands: How many people when confronted with a task that feels …

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Caramel Mocha Latte Love Potion

Slow-Cooker Caramel Mocha Latte Love Potion*

What I love about cooking is that you’ll also get ideas for other things (& not just recipes either), this idea sparking that idea flashing into another idea. Like anything creative, too, it’s about connecting with people. And this slow-cooker recipe for a caramel mocha latte love potion* may just help you make a love …

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Say What You Need To Say ~ Always

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” ~Henry David Thoreau About a year ago, my dad died. He’d been battling cancer for a decade and we’d all been lulled into a false sense that he’d just keep on beating it. So I never said the important things I wanted to say because I’d …

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Yes, You Can!!

Why You MUST Speak Strength To Yourself

A while ago I wrote a couple posts about being careful not only about what you say to yourself but also about who else you listen to. This post, about the ability to speak strength to yourself, goes along with those. Not only do you have to stop ~ I mean right now ~ the self-defeating …

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 20

Well, my birthday just passed. I’m 25! Again! For the *mumble, mumble* time! I thought it might be a good time to reflect. So if I could talk some sense to my 20-year-old self, here are some things I’d say: 1. Learn your lessons the first time Albert Einstein famously said that the definition of …

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