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Fifty Shades of Grey: 3 Story Writing Don’ts

I had been successful in avoiding the Fifty Shades of Grey madness for years, and I admit I wore that badge with honor. I’d never seen the films or read the books, nor did I have the desire to indulge. Partly because I couldn’t figure out the fascination with being

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3 Ways ‘Fences’ Taught Me to be a Better Wife

Superb. Awe-inspiring. Sobering. These are just a few words to describe Denzel Washington and Viola Davis’ new film, Fences. Washington directed this film adaptation of August Wilson’s classic stage play and reprised his Broadway role of Troy with Davis playing his strong and loyal wife, Rose. From the moment I

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Vanishing

The other day someone asked if I’ve ever wanted to disappear. I fell silent and counted to ten and watched the traffic light turn from red to green, searching for some holy answer I didn’t have. I nodded. “Yes, I have.” I wish I could say I last felt that years and years ago, but that

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Confronting My Canvas

I cringe at the sight of a blank page and a blinking cursor. The blank page is my canvas but I’ve realized that lately when I face its intimidation, I rush off to do something—anything else. I check to make sure my paints and oils are in place. I add

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Book Review: Dirt by Teffanie Thompson

“Dirt” by national bestselling author Teffanie Thompson is a young adult novel about Washington Square, a twelve-year-old boy who loves basketball and hates reading. He and his family attend their family reunion where young Washington travels back to the days of slavery and meets his ancestors who risked their lives

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