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Power Talk

Tweet   POWER TALK By Vicki Hinze     We all know that storytelling is an art. Some are good at it. Some are better. And some are works-in-progress who need a little more training in specific areas of craft, like pacing.   There [...]

Power Talk

Tweet   POWER TALK By Vicki Hinze     We all know that storytelling is an art. Some are good at it. Some are better. And some are works-in-progress who need a little more training in specific areas of craft, like pacing. There [...]

America’s National Observations: December

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Benefits of an Open Mind

Tweet   Benefits of an Open Mind   By   Vicki Hinze       People need ideas. And inspiration. Both require an open mind. Both require critical thinking, analysis, and a willingness to see not one but both sides [...]

Reading Places

Tweet   Reading Places by Tara Randel   Yesterday I was part of a Facebook party. I posed the question, where was your favorite place to read when you were a child?   When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do during the [...]

The Cold War and That Damned Berlin Wall

TweetBayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On a cold, January day in 1961, in a world chilled by the threat of nuclear Armageddon, I sat near a radio with my family and listened intently to the words of a man that my very young mind idolized. Even [...]

The Grace Card

Tweet   The Grace Card by Elizabeth Goddard   I recently found myself in a sticky situation. A misunderstanding. That often happens in emails. We write out an email, our intention clear to us, only to have the person on the receiving [...]

America’s National Observations: November

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British Drug Pushers in China–The 2nd Opium War

TweetBayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Last week, we began the sordid tale of the First Opium War, in which England pushed opium produced in India onto China to balance its trade deficit with that country. Today, we continue with the rest [...]

British Drug Pushers in China–The First Opium War

TweetBayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes China became involved in direct trade with Europe when the Portuguese established a trade center in Macau, China in 1557. Then, in 1565, Spain established a permanent colonial presence in the Philippine [...]