A bigot never thinks he’s a bigot.

A bigot never thinks he's a bigot. He has always manufactured reasons for the prejudices that have corrupted him.

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Just contacted the winner

The giveaway for The Newman Resident is done! Just a few minutes ago, I randomly selected one of the subscribers to my website and sent an email with the good news. I only have the person's email address and didn't...

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THE NEWMAN RESIDENT giveaway!

Summer is a great time for reading, so I thought it would be fun to run a giveaway for The Newman Resident. On Saturday, July 4th (Independence Day!), I'll randomly choose a name from the list of people who have...

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Teaching books worth reading

When observing students seated in their rows and columns struggling with boredom, it's our tendency to wonder what's wrong with them. It's time to wonder what's wrong with what we're doing to them. "Teach the Books, Touch the Heart," by...

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“Gray Noise” to be published

I'm pleased to announce that The Massachusetts Review is going to publish my short story, "Gray Noise." They notified me of their interest this past Tuesday (May 26th) and sent me the contract to sign the following day. My story...

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“Shelf Full of Books”

As you can imagine, book reviews are the lifeblood for authors. Few things can be as helpful as a good book review. Kathryn Svendsen hosts a great book review blog over at "Shelf Full of Books." She posted a review of The...

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A book worth showing

"Show, don't tell." That's classic advice for creative writers. It's better to show a character being angry, for example, than to tell the reader that the character is angry. Well, I'm going to give that a try and show you one of my favorite books. Rather...

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Construction worker reading Walt Whitman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPLHVQpm1JA This clip brings to life the power of poetry, even today. It's clear how much this poem means to this man--especially when he takes his eyes off the book and recites from heart. This clip comes from something I learned...

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“I read ‘real books'”

Some people steer clear of fiction, preferring to read real books like history, biography, and social commentary. Sometimes they’ll say that fiction is an escape they don’t need. What I can’t figure out is what makes them think it’s an escape? Okay,...

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Learning is not a business transaction

When you think back to your best times as a student learning in school, do you remember teachers, or information? There may be particular memories of learning a skill or a fact new to you that excited you as a...

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