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Taken By Surprise, by Polly Smrcka

(From Hatch Hollow Tomboy. Used by permission.) Life on the stony, rolling acres of the family farm was never dull. There were always new and interesting, sometimes frightening, experiences to add to the daily humdrum of endless work. Never were two days alike. One particular day from early childhood never dims in my memory with

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Sending Out a Finished Manuscript, by Beverley Bittner

From the Help Desk of Beverley Bittner. PJ has been working a long time on a mystery novel. She is finishing it and wants to know if she should send the whole thing to a publisher. First, congratulations on actually finishing your story, PJ. That’s the first big step of writing. Marketing is the second

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Power That Counts, by Pauline Vaow

In our rural area, it is not unusual for the electric power to go out during a thunder and lightning storm. Sometimes the lights will be out for hours and when they come back on, they may still be dim for a while. Our Lord Jesus tells us to let our lights shine brightly out

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Mittens Writes a Letter, by Lorraine Dahl

KENNY! WHERE are you? All of a sudden your ex-girlfriend shows up and me and all my belongings are HISTORY from our house. I’m scared Where are you? I miss you! She took me to her daughter’s house in Columbus. I hate it in Columbus! They have a mean cat that chewed off a piece

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Inheritance, by Carolyn Cox

We sit on Mother Earth, Her watchful eye and furrowed brow creased in worry As she watches over us with feet of prosperity. Pollution and decay all around us; We who snatch the grain from her warm, soft soil, Always taking, never giving While birds of the field scatter seed to replenish her storehouse. We

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Getting Started, by Beverley Bittner

From the Help Desk of Beverley Bittner. Most of us have read a poem, a story or an article that caused us to exclaim, “I could write like that, maybe even better, if only I knew how to get started. Kathy has a book of fiction in the works. She has a plot, she knows

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