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Unconventional Research Sites for Writers


writer researchI read recently that 70% of millennials get their news from Facebook. Really? Isn’t Facebook a place to share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays? So why do students turn to it for news? And then, not two days later, I heard Twitter has reclassified their app as a news purveyor rather than a social media device. Once again: Who gets news from Twitter? Apparently a lot of adults. No surprise news shows are littered with references to listener’s tweets and the President breaks stories via his Twitter stream.

One more stat — which may explain the whole social-media-as-news-trend — and then I’ll connect these dots: Only 6% of people trust the press. I guess that’s why they prefer blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

Research is a similar change. Your grandmother relied on encyclopedias, reference books, and museums. Your mother probably…

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10,000 Subscribers! A Thank You Note

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My Adventures at Starbucks

I’ve been to Starbucks only once, and with a friend because she wanted to go. (I’m playing my age card) I’m too old to learn a new language. That’s what it looked like when I stared at the menu board. Somewhere in there had to be a plain coffee. This was super helpful because now I can order a couple different ones for my characters.


I need to be grounded from Starbucks.

For the last decade and a half I’ve only ordered frappuccinos, which are basically just really fancy milkshakes. Be it summer or winter, I’d get a frappuccino because I really really hate hot beverages.


A couple of weeks ago Starbucks ran this deal where if you buy one macchiato, you get a second one free. (If you don’t know, macchiatos are those fancy iced-coffee drinks that look like someone went way overboard with the cream.


I always thought they looked kind of good. But when I learned that that’s not cream at the bottom, but VANILLA, I told Sarabeth we HAVE to try them!

We bought one and got one for free, and now, a couple of weeks later, I’ve had about 9 of them. I’m friggin’ addicted to this crap now, even at $5 a pop! And now Sarabeth feels like she can…

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The Best Photo Locations in…

Life Unscripted

Why do people have to tell you where to stand to take a great photograph?  I’m not picking on photographers here but this post comes out of a Pin on Pinterest;  the pin was really an advert for a new book:  the topic? The best places to stand in Barcelona to take pictures.  That set off a whole chain reaction of thoughts about why it is we think we need someone else to tell us how to do things “the right way” ?  You’ve been to book stores, surely, where there were entire sections of the store devoted to self-help — how to do anything you can imagine — told to you by … well, that’s always a question isn’t it?  Does the person who’s bold enough to instruct others really know any more than the ones they are instructing?  From past history I’ve discovered that too often they do…

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Let this week be about Jesus

For Faith Filled Friday I chose this since I often find myself doing the very same thing–calling on God only when I needed help. I started praising and thanking God first thing in the morning and soon noticed my days were going better.

Life Within Him

I’m pretty sure Monday is the most dreaded day of the entire week.

It used to be for me too. Until I began to realize how much this life isn’t about me. Until I began to understand that mercy wakes me up every morning.

Now, I wake up thanking God for the breath in my lungs. The opportunity to represent Him another day. An amazing wife and two beautiful daughters. A job that provides income for the necessities of life. The list goes on and on.

Expressing gratitude every morning is so much better than complaining about having to get out of bed and go to work.

It’s the springboard for continual fellowship and conversation with my Father during the entire day. It’s so awesome.

I used to only pray and talk to God when life was hard. When something would happen that was out of my control.

All that…

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What it Means to Wear the Green

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Emerging Revolutionary War Era

This St. Patrick’s Day millions of people around the world will wear green and celebrate the Irish holiday.  However there was a time when wearing the color green in Ireland could be punishable by death.

In the wake of the American Revolution, revolutions and rebellions began to breakout across Europe.  While much has been written on how the American Revolution helped inspire the epic and violent French Revolution in 1789, the Irish rebellion of 1798 has largely been forgotten.

Arklowflag.svg One of the green banners carried by Irish rebels in 1798.  This one uses a phrase common in the American Revolution.

Ireland watched with wonder as the American colonies united and declared independence from England in 1776.  They read about how the rag tag American Army defeated the British empire.  In France they watched the lower classes overthrow the aristocracy and execute their monarchs while creating a new republic.  In 1794…

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Annika Perry's Writing Blog


From a young age we all strive to form friendships, to feel that special moment of ‘oh yes, you get met’ as kindred spirits meet, cautiously at first then unconsciously a life-long friendship is cemented. To have even one two o’clock in the morning friend, on whom to call without fear of disturbing in moments of need, fear, sadness or even celebration  is a blessing indeed.

img_0095The subject of friends has been on my mind this week as a dear and very close friend celebrated her birthday. As I bombarded her email with birthday messages, some posted here today, the sentimental and poignant quotations struck a chord with me. 

Only our truest friends know us to the core, the inner worries, the films and books that will bring us to tears of laughter. Only lifelong friends from young know the ‘whole’ us, events at school, childhood, teenage years that are so…

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