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Thanks (or Sorry) to Some Wonderful Teachers

Thanks (or Sorry) to Some Wonderful Teachers

Sometimes, you need to go back and thank those people who had a significant impact on your life. During my time in elementary/middle/high school, I had some great teachers. Without their influence and encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today. On the other hand, if you hated my novels and/or this blog, here’s who to blame:

JoAnn Stadler: I’ve taught courses for Indiana University, spoken at conventions, and a variety of other presentations. It all goes back to the demonstration speech I did in her class. I managed to get 15 minutes out of mixing peanut butter and maple syrup and then using it as a topping for a variety of things. As an added effect, I had the audience participate by saying, “stuff” after each time I said “peanut butter.” You should try it sometime, it’s really tasty.

Janet Sherwood: I can thank my parents for my creative mind. I have to thank Mrs. Sherwood for helping me analyze problems creatively. As a leader of the Future Problem Solvers, she helped us apply our creativity in a variety of new ways.

Joe Freeman: Mr. Freeman made learning fun. I developed my writing style while in his journalism class. I probably made him crazy with the stuff I chose to write about, but he was always encouraging. This blog simply wouldn’t exist without him. So, send your hate mail to him from now on.

Pat Ringer: At some point, she is going to play a horrible prank on me. Let’s just say I deserve it and leave it at that. Mrs. Ringer gets the patience award for not shooting me on the last day of 5th grade. Lord knows I deserved it.

Tell me about the teachers that made a difference in your lives. I probably left some people out, so don’t be surprised if I add to this list.

Carry on, Citizens!

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Free Fiction Friday: The Hunting Rifle

Free Fiction Friday: The Hunting Rifle

(From the Unsavory Deeds of Claudia & Eleanor: Read the preceding scene here (link).

Eleanor left Claudia to do her worst to the butler and set about to steal more valuables. After filling her bag with nearly more silver than she could bear, she dragged her loot down the curved stair case and surveyed the destruction about her. As she took in all the broken dishes, the blood stained walls, and the butler with a fork in each cheek, she was startled by a hand grasping her ankle.

Four Questions the First Six Star Wars Movies Didn’t Answer (That the next Three should).

Four Questions the First Six Star Wars Movies Didn’t Answer (That the next Three should).

 

4983cacc5024efbf86a3d1b2ad862cba1) Why were stormtroopers such lousy shots? Granted, the movie would have been over too quick if they could hit the broad side of a barn, but seriously? This is the galactic army and they can’t hit a 7 foot tall walking shag carpet, an old man, and a couple of droids? Who the hell is training these guys?

2) Did the Death Star have a canteen? If so, will there be one on the new Death Star (as there is rumored to be one in the new movie.) If so, PLEASE let Eddie Izzard write a scene for it!

3) Can I play Jeff Vader? Haven’t heard of Jeff Vader? Please see the video above.

4) Are there personal injury lawyers in space? It seems that Luke, Leia, and Han destroyed a lot of public property (2 Death Stars) along with all the people inside. My guess is the last 40 years have been all about the lawsuits.

Carry on, Citizens!

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