Author Archives: phyllisastill

Bad Parenting Day?

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Remember the joy of learning you would be a parent? You dreamed of your child’s future. Maybe you figured out how old you would be when your child graduated from high school. But what if, by the time your daughter was seven-years-old, she was screaming, “I want to die.” This happened to Charity Marie. “Time stopped in that moment. I

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About My Drabble

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There is a niche for readers who like quick reads and for writers who love creating shorter than normal stories. A blog called, The Drabble, offers the challenge of writing fiction, non-fiction, or poetry of 100 words or less. Give it a try. My story was inspired by a co-worker in Branson Mo. who was a cave diver. One day

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Developing the Fictional Mary Shirley

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The real Mary Shirley turned thirteen in 1775. Her birth date is recorded in family records as February 17, 1762. Although birth years for Mary’s younger siblings vary across websites, Mary’s date remains consistent and undisputed. She was the firstborn child of Michael and Katherine Shirley. I chose the most reliable birth dates for the Shirley family at the time

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Patty Wiseman: Where it All Started

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This month’s guest blog post is from Award Winning Patty Wiseman who writes stories of strong women overcoming insurmountable odds. From historical to contemporary these romantic and suspenseful tales carry the message of survival by extraordinary women. Find Patty on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Amazon. WHERE IT ALL STARTED I was that kid with the flashlight under the covers every

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There Really Are Reindeer

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We lived in Phoenix Arizona in 1968. This event really happen! I wanted to keep the proof in a baggie, in the freezer, but my momma said, “No!”   There Really Are Reindeer One Christmas morning, back in my youth—I remember it well My brother told me a most wonderful tale.  It seems, Santa doesn’t always land his sleigh on

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