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Can We Have Hope?

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"Have some HOPE, believe in peace." Granddaughter Keanna wears a t-shirt with those words on them. Can we as adults believe in peace? My husband and I just got off a 14-day cruise in the Southern Caribbean, and over forty countries were represented on the ship. A common refrain on cruise ships is that if everyone lived in harmony as people do on cruise ships, world peace would ensue. And now at my husband's daughter's house, enjoying the family, the realities of the outside world are at bay. My step-daughter today complimented me in that I don't bring drama into...

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He Feels Decapitated

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 Brenda Lee, in Out of the Cocoon, shares her experience of parental rejection and escaping the Jehovah Witness's cult in her book, in YouTube Videos, and in a televised documentary.  Looking at the issue from the outside, I viewed it cognitively and considered it insanity that any parent could cut off all ties with family members if they didn't believe as they were told to believe. Not only is this indoctrination and brain washing, but I consider this psychological domestic violence and religious abuse. The scars can carve deeper into one's soul than if stabbed by a knife. My opinions...

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Re-calculating “Deal a Story”

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How often have you missed a turn and the GPS said, “Re-calculating?” Obviously I heard this many times as the voice so clearly reverberates in my head. When it comes to knowing how many possible hands one can draw from Deal a Story by Sue Viders, is it really important? The only reason it is important for me to write about again is to be in integrity. After doing some re-calculating, Patrick Vennebush, author of Mathy Jokes 4 Mathy Folks wrote to me, “The downside is that it's significantly lower than the number I previously gave you. The upside is that it's still...

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Five-Quadrillion Combinations with "Deal a Story"… or MORE!?!

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Our brainstorming card game, Deal a Story, by Sue Viders, boasts on the box top that there are 101 cards and 1,000,001 story ideas. But how many ideas really can come from this game? Even though I was really good at math and statistics when a student, over the years I have lost so much mathematical know-how.   So I wrote to our author, Patrick Vennebush, who wrote Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks, (and has a blog of jokes and other fun math stuff) and asked him how many combinations were really possible with Deal a Story. A million and...

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An Interview with the author of STEFI!

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about how our book, Stefi, should be made into a movie. Tonight I discovered a YouTube video of the author, Jenny Paschall, being interviewed about the book. I wonder who would be the perfect actress to play 24-year-old Stefi and who would be perfect as 42-year-old Sue! It is really fun to imagine this story on the movie screen.    

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