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Everyday Stuff

Rape, Race and Writing Historical Fiction

As I read the early reader reviews of The Stolen Marriage, I’m heartened by how lovely they are. At this moment, the story averages 4.43 out of 5 stars and my gratitude to readers who take the time to write a review knows no bounds. But there are a few very angry reviews and they…

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For What it's Worth

Once a week, I play acoustic guitar with a casual group of musicians. We have an energetic leader who is gifted at keeping us on track, and we play mostly rock and roll with some country thrown in. We take turns picking songs from the songbook we use, and we all strum and sing. I’ve…

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Best Buddies Forever

Giving my office a deep cleaning, I stumbled across this essay I wrote about my golden retrievers, Ben and Chapel, at the end of Ben’s life in the late ’90s.  Have any of you had a similar experience? Best Buddies Forever by Diane Chamberlain             I sat in the breeder’s kitchen, waiting to meet the…

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The Hero Behind Pretending to Dance

When I was growing up, my sister Joann was my hero. Never mind the fact that she couldn’t stand me. I was seven years younger and when I came along, I took over her position as Princess of the Family. She didn’t bother masking her disdain for me. (You can even see it in this…

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Story Weekend: Garage Sale Find

Do you have a story about something you found at a garage sale or flea market? I bet you do! Hope you’ll share it with us. If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it.…

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Story Weekend: Unforgettable Concerts

It seems like everyone comes home with a story after attending a great concert. Do you have an unforgettable concert story? If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you…

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Story Weekend: Favorite Holiday Memories

We’re in the throes of the holidays and time is going so fast. So much to do! Do you have a story about one of your favorite holiday memories? If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however…

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Story Weekend: Identical Twins

Do you have a  story about identical twins? We’d love to hear it! If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few…

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Story Weekend: Déjà vu

This week’s topic is déjà vu, a feeling that you have seen or heard something before experiencing it for the first time. Share your story about a time that you experienced déjà vu. If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to…

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