Beware the Marketer

July 23, 2017

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Last week I received six unsolicited e-mails from marketers and self-style marketers urging me to invest in their “sure fire” promotional schemes. Most offered the same or variations of the same processes: reaching hundreds of thousands of Twitter subscribers, blog appearances, e-mail listings, bargain prices on “how to sell” pdfs and videos. Last week was […]

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Miss Sally: A Review

July 23, 2017

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Miss Sally: and the Sinners That God Ignores Posted by Literary Titan Miss Sally by Robert Joe Stout is a portrait of a young girl growing up in Texas in the 1930’s. Through trial and error 13-year-old Sally Halm finds out about sex, relationships, and what it means to engage in this behavior without love. She […]

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Poetry’s for Sissies

July 20, 2017

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For years I’ve heard persons who write poetry complain, “Why don’t people like poetry?” (Or variations: “Why doesn’t anyone read poetry?” “How can we make poetry more popular?”) Poetry, in fact, is subversive. It creeps into everyday thought through popular music, advertising, scientific speculation. A creative writing Ph. D. (of whom there are many attached […]

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The Tapestry

June 16, 2017

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Immigration: It’s not “a problem”, it’s many individual problems. Definitions  intended to be meaningful have lost  creditability. Illegals. Indocumentados. Green card holders. Enforcement. Repatriation. The governments of the United States and of Mexico generate statistics ad infinitum but the statistics are as vague as those accumulated to describe a geographical entity like, say, the state […]

Getting Places Safely

June 1, 2017

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Getting Places Safely Robert Joe Stout   The Governor of the State of Mexico affirmed that the Church answers the call to preserve moral values. JENARO VILLAMIL   I first encountered my double among a shuffle of priests, reporters and security guards fringing the auditorium where the Governor was addressing the national Council of Catholic […]

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MISS SALLY IS BACK!

May 10, 2017

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The 1970s bombshell now available on Kindle. Described as “way ahead of its time,” The New York Times cautioned: “You’ll love Miss Sally but she’ll break your heart.” Sally Halm’s initiation into womanhood, the discovery of sex without hope of love and grief without the release of tears, takes place in rural Texas during the […]

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Laughing at the Moon

April 21, 2017

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  I met Lizzie late one sultry summer afternoon beside a fallen cottonwood whose roots had given way when the river undercut a section of overhanging bank—an ideal place, my twelve-year-old wisdom told me, from which to fish. Indeed it was. Until Lizzie appeared. Immediately we had an argument. The argument involved a stringer of […]

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