History lives just down the street and around the corner

Delores E. Topliff – September 27, 2016 I grew up in the town around Fort Vancouver, Washington, the end of the Oregon Trail, and that connection to history had impact. Built in 1825, the fort also has the oldest apple tree in the Pacific Northwest from seeds brought by an English sea captain a year…

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More “What’s in a name?”

Delores E. Topliff – August 2, 2016 Words perfectly-suited to life situations are coins for the realms we travel and do business in, just like we exchange currencies at international borders to exchange goods with the people there. Similarly, authors define their writing audience to choose words that will achieve the best impact in hitting…

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Blogs: What’s in a Name?

Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name will smell as sweet.” But will it? Names are designating words by which we know and identify people, places, and things. John the son of John becomes John Johnson (I had an uncle by marriage named that). Names can indicate professions, like Carpenter, Baker, Smith, or Shepherd….

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Sign up for my new class in Maple Grove: Creative Strategies for Nurturing Children

At Maple Grove Community Center 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369 Wednesdays, October 7 – November 11, 2015, 6:30 – 8pm Six classes, $45 total, all materials supplied Creative Strategies for Nurturing Children (based on teaching, tutoring, loving, and working with young children, neighborhood children, and grandchildren) Parenting, grandparenting, mentoring, and nurturing involves…

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Recent Publications: The Best Angel Stories 2014

I’m pleased to have three stories in this year’s great Guideposts book, The Best Angel Stories 2014: AAA Means Triple Angel Coverage, p. 17, Angel on the Bridge, p. 82, and Angel on a Ladder, p. 289, available for order here: http://www.shopguideposts.org/best-angel-stories-2014-1914.html  

Current Class: Memoir Writing

At Maple Grove Community Center Tuesdays, September 9 – October 21, 2014 Five classes, $50 total, all materials supplied Memoir-Writing: “Please tell Me a Story” All of us have a story inside–or perhaps even a book. Friends, children, and grandchildren constantly say, “Please tell me a story . . .” This Memoir writing class offers…

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