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October is my favorite time of year. Not only are the bugs finally gone and the leaves a glorious color, but October is also my birthday month. I’ve never been one to celebrate. Often the day goes by without fanfare. But last year I decided it was time to begin celebrating each birthday as a reflection of my thankfulness for another year on this earth. A year ago today I telephoned my oldest and dearest pals from high school and arranged my own birthday party, a tradition we have honored at each of our birthdays. The lunches with my high school friends have been the highlight of my year, reminding each of us to celebrate the milestone instead of moaning about the wrinkles on our faces. So what could I do this year, besides the annual birthday lunch, to...

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October is my favorite time of year. Not only are the bugs finally gone and the leaves a glorious color, but October is also my birthday month. I’ve never been one to celebrate. Often the day goes by without fanfare. But last year I decided it was time to begin celebrating each birthday as a reflection of my thankfulness for another year on this earth. A year ago today I telephoned my oldest and dearest pals from high school and arranged my own birthday party, a tradition we have honored at each of our birthdays. The lunches with my high school friends have been the highlight of my year, reminding each of us to celebrate the milestone instead of moaning about the wrinkles on our faces. So what could I do this year, besides the annual birthday lunch, to...

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Writing in the Garden Update

One of the participants of our packed “Writing in the Garden” class last month was blogger and travel writer, Shelley Odendahl. She has posted a photo of my sister and me as we spoke about our favorite subject, writing! Please click the link to go to Shelley’s website and read her post.:  http://realize-your-dreams.net/2012/08/29/creative-experiences/ You might also be interested in reading an excerpt of Shelley’s new travel memoir, Traveling Together: Cliff and Me and the Motorcyle Makes Three  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0099THAW4. I helped Shelley with the final edits on her memoir and she really has created a fun read about traveling around the USA on a motorcyle. If you can, please support her efforts with a purchase of her book —...

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Why an Editor?

As a freelance editor, I am the human spell-check for my family. My husband, while typing an email, will call out a question on how to spell a word. Or my son, while working on his homework, will ask if he should punctuate with a comma or semi-colon. Usually, I can rattle off the answer without much thought. But when I prepared the flyer for my recent “Writing in the Garden” my spelling skills failed me. The focus of the day was writing without cliche and my sister, author Candace Simar, had agreed to co-teach the class. She was horrified when she read the rough draft of the flyer with the word “clique” instead of “cliche.” I was able to fix the error and we had a good laugh. We all need an editor or trusted friend to look over...

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