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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
Saturday, March 1, 2014 by Patti Shene

 

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Winter storms blast across the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch, and a cold wind blows through Kate Neilson’s soul. Despite her pain, Kate’s well-being takes a backseat to the needs of loved ones: her best friend, who’s been ensnared by evil; her failing great-aunt, whose dementia care keeps Kate guessing; and Laura and Mike Duncan, whose ranch and livelihood are threatened by a land-grabbing neighbor. Find Winds of Freedom at Amazon.

 

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What Can We Do About Justice?

“This is the rule of most perfect Christianity, its most exact definition, its highest point, namely, the seeking of the common good…for nothing can so make a person an imitator of Christ as caring for his neighbors.” - (St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople from 398 to 403 AD)

Last weekend, my husband and I attended a Justice Conference simulcast. As with previous Justice Conferences, topnotch speakers and leaders discussed heart-wrenching global issues with candor and hope. Issues like: poverty, starvation, false incarceration, excessive and unfair sentencing, HIV/AIDS orphans, genocide, ethnic conflict, human trafficking, exploited women, slave labor, child labor, educational inequity, immigration, discrimination, brokenness, rape, clean water, conservation, access to medical care, forgiveness, nonviolent resolution, reconciliation, Third-World debt and more.

Because each concern desperately needs our attention and compassion, the thought of joining the fray can be overwhelming. We’re not sure where to begin or the best place to focus our time, energy and resources to help a needy, dying world. The good news is that each of us can wield the number one justice weapon—prayer. God is hearing and answering justice-seekers’ prayers in amazing ways all over the globe.

Pray for your city, your country and your world. Research local and global needs and pray as God leads you. Here are a few ideas and links:

World Relief

Voice of the Martyrs

Sojourners

The Expectations Project

Equal Justice Initiative

Made in a Free World

One Day’s Wages

Christian Community Development Association

International Justice Mission.

Following last year’s conference, several grassroots initiatives sprang up in my city to focus on justice-for-all through prayer, volunteerism and other resources. Your community probably has likeminded organizations you can support. The Justice Conference founder, Ken Wytsma, says, “Justice is rooted in the character of God and flows from the heart of God.” As Christians who share God's heart, how can we ignore the inequities of the world? Each of us must find altruistic projects or other means to serve humankind.

A word of warning from Eugene Cho, founder of One Day’s Wages: Don't reduce people to projects. Another admonition came from Justin Dillon, founder and CEO of Made in a Free World. “It’s not about me, it’s about us. Organizations don’t change the world, people do.” Yet, by joining forces with each other and with our Creator, we can create a force powerful enough to charge the gates of hell and rescue the suffering.

Noel Castellanos of Christian Community Development Association encouraged conferees to be the good news, to take hope to the hopeless, to restore, repair and rebuild every dimension of society, from medicine to education to law and further. Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of Equal Justice Mission, said, “I do what I do because I am broken, too.” He went on to say, like the Apostle Paul, that God’s grace is sufficient. “His power is made perfect when I am weak. God fills the broken spaces and I become strong.” We may feel inadequate when God calls us to a task, but he’s counting on his power, not ours to do the redemptive work.

Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief reminded us that the Cross is the anchor for sacrificial love, and that love is the basis for mercy and justice. He quoted Mother Teresa, who said, “Justice without love is not justice, and love without justice is not love.” We must, in humility, share Jesus and his sacrificial love. He rescued us so we can be “agents of love, justice and hope to the world. Justice is what love looks like when it focuses on problems. Be precise about justice. Root out what causes wrongs. Reflect God to the world.” (NT Wright, University of St. Andrews Professor of New Testament Studies)

“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free.” - Psalm 146:7

 

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Rebecca Carey Lyles grew up in Wyoming, the setting for her Kate Neilson novels. She currently lives in Idaho, where she serves as an editor and a mentor for aspiring authors and as a coach for women transitioning from prison to life on “the outside.” Winds of Freedom is the sequel to the award-winning first book in the Kate Neilson series, Winds of Wyoming. Contact Rebecca through her web page, emailFacebook (Rebecca Carey Lyles or Becky Carey Lyles) Twitter (@BeckyLyles), and Linkedin (Becky Lyles)


Comments

Becky Lyles From Boise, ID At 3/9/2014 8:47:27 PM

Wow, Katheryn - How exciting to hear that people are coming to the Lord through your Internet teaching!

Patti Shene From Colorado At 3/9/2014 9:36:27 AM

I agree Katheryn. It is sad that so many of us in America take our religious freedom for granted and many don't even realize we are rapidly losing it. I fear too many won't wake up to that fact until it is too late. Thank you for stopping by.

Katheryn Haddad From Arizona At 3/9/2014 9:31:16 AM

I am especially concerned about religious freedom. I teach English over the internet using the Bible as a text book. I've had Muslims in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Palestine decide to become Christians even though they fear for their freedom and their lives. They are my heroes!

Becky Lyles From Boise, ID At 3/8/2014 11:22:40 AM

Debi, you may know some of my Carey relatives in the Douglas-Casper area. Douglas is a pretty little town, but I bet you have a few more trees (and less wind!) in Kentucky.

debi Richardson From just moved to Mayfield ky from Douglas wy At 3/6/2014 11:25:53 PM

I want to win !!!

Becky Lyles From Idaho At 3/2/2014 6:09:51 PM

Thanks for your comments! The evil and despair in our world is so overwhelming and difficult to face, I tend to ignore it and hope someone else will step in w/a fix. The conference was a good reminder to me to ask God how he wants me to share his love and compassion with hurting individuals.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 3/2/2014 2:44:14 PM

Thanks for your comment, Janet. Idaho is a beautiful state. Isn't it amazing how many things in life have so much more value when you add love to the equation!

Janet K. Brown From Wichita Falls, TX At 3/2/2014 2:38:45 PM

You live in a beautiful state. I love the quote about there's no justice without love & no love without justice. A humble spirit can enlarge our capacity for both love & justice. Thanks for post.

Patti Shene From Colorado At 3/1/2014 7:30:04 PM

Hi Ada! Thank you for stopping by. There is so much injustice in the world, but I think God calls each of us individually to meet a need, if we will only listen to His voice and seek His guidance.

Ada Brownell From Missouri At 3/1/2014 4:31:45 PM

The way I understand it America and the gospel are built on individual justice, not collective justice. For God so loved the world that WHOEVER believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Yet, we are to love our neighbors, help the poor, and treat others as we'd like to be treated.

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WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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11/29/2013

Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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11/13/2012