Category Archives: Literary Figures

Colleen McCullough’s Obituary

Colleen McCullough was Australia’s best-selling author, a novelist of towering skill who produced such highly respected works as The Thorn Birds and An Indecent Obsession.  She died on January 29, 2015 at the age of 77. Ms. McCullough was a chain smoker … Continue reading

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Are You a Star-Bellied Sneetch?

I feel sorry for people who’ve never given Dr. Seuss their undivided attention.  The man was brilliant.  Check out this passage from The Sneetches. Now the Star-bellied Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-bellied Sneetches had none upon thars. The stars … Continue reading

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Inked

While on vacation the last couple of weeks, I did some reading.  One of the books I took with me was about tattoos.  If you know me well, you know I am not a tattoo kind of guy, but I … Continue reading

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Outlive Or Outlove?

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a beloved pastor, writer, and speaker whose life spanned almost a century.  Born in 1898, he saw 17 U.S. presidents come and go, and knew most of them personally.  For 52 years he pastored the Marble … Continue reading

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The Best Medicine You Can Get Without a Prescription

Her life was marked by suffering. Her father died when she was nine.  At twenty she was diagnosed with a hereditary kidney disease that would eventually lead to kidney failure.  In 1991, she was found to have breast cancer and … Continue reading

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Calculating the Cost

Louis L’Amour wrote over 115 novels, most of them westerns.  Critics often panned his stories, saying the characters were too simplistic and the plots too predictable.  But the public disagreed.  Over 200 million copies of his books were in print … Continue reading

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Contentment

Every fiction writer’s dream is to create a character that becomes a worldwide household name.  Few authors achieve that kind of success, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one who did.  On March 8, 1886, he started writing a story … Continue reading

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