Is Cursive Writing Being Cursed?



Here’s a very good post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It discusses the pros and cons of teaching children cursive writing in schools. Written by Author Neva Bodin, the post raises a lot of questions.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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In the Casper Star Tribune, Sunday, November 25, 2012, p A2, a headline by Christina Hoag, Associated Press, blared: “Penmanship still rules in Calif. Schools.” A subtitle read: “Most states erase cursive writing from their curriculms (sic); keyboard skills become higher priority.” Do you find it ironic that the person keyboarding that title misspells curriculums?

“Bucking a growing trend to eliminating cursive from elementary school curriculums or making it optional, California is among the states keeping longhand as a third-grade staple,” said the article.

The article also stated, “Dustin Ellis, fourth-grade teacher at Big Springs Elementary School in Simi Valley, said he assigns a cursive practice packet as homework, but if he had his druthers, he’d limit cursive instruction to learning to read it, instead of writing it. Out of his 32 students, just three write in cursive, he noted.” (If no one writes…

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Balancing The Scale



Author Doris McCraw​’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors is full of history and women
who helped form our country. She includes links to read about these incredible women and how hard they worked to be heard. This is a great piece. Don’t miss it!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Post copyright 2015 by Doris McCraw


I am going preface this post with: I love men, men in history and the contributions they have made to our world story. Having said that, this post is about balancing the scale. History has made a practice of telling the story of our lives from the male perspective, and justifiably so, but they have failed to include the story of the females who did as much if not more.

You may ask why I’ve decided to go on this journey? It has brewed for some time. I write about the women who came before. I also write about the men. There needs to be that balance.

Don Moon as Theodore Roosevelt speaking at the Stewart House on Colorado College Campus

I give you a conversation I had with my friend Don Moon, who is brilliant as President Theodore Roosevelt. We were talking about…

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Those are NOT my monkeys!



My post today on Writing Wranglers and Warriors is all about saying No! Hope you enjoy it.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

propic11_1This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

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Ever get into one of these predicaments? How do you handle it?

The school calls. The person calling apologizes, but the parent who was supposed to make 100 cupcakes for tomorrow is ill. Could you please take her place? What do you do?

  • Nicely ask your monkeys to get in their cage and give them a toy to play with?
  • Say no, sorry, I’m too busy but maybe next time, then spendcms_cupcake_1 the evening feeling guilty, even though you have a report that needs to go to your boss in the morning?
  • Say yes, feel totally overwhelmed, rush to get the report done while you bake and frost 100 cupcakes that you now have to drop off on your way to work and you haven’t even had time to sleep?

A friend calls with exciting news, although…

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Plannig More by SJ



You’ll love this post by SJ Brown. She talks of spring, flowers, counting butterflies, and volunteer ideas. Plus you can see her awesome photography. On Writing Wranglers and Warriors

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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The brutal cold we are experiencing this winter has turned out to be perfect for taking time to plan. This year I plan to do a bit more. Like most people I am longing for springtime. This springtime will be different for me in more than one way. This will be our first spring in the new house. The gentle signs of spring I have looked forward to for over 20 years won’t be here this year, but they will be next year.

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At our former home I had spent years landscaping with plants and flowers that returned year after year. The new house is a semi blank canvas I plan to paint with the more than 50 plants I brought with me when we moved. The flower pots that protect them have been safely tucked under layers of mulch all winter, just waiting…

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A Gift of Time by Erin Farwell

A Gift of Time by Erin Farwell


Thought you’d enjoy this post from Erin Farwell on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Such a special thought for “those who have everything” or when you are out of ideas for a gift. You’ll enjoy this one!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

IMG_3021_1Lately it seems as though I am simply surviving. I move from one task to the next with little ability or energy to plan beyond the next deadline or responsibility. I have been sick the last week or so, a cold that just won’t go away, but it’s more than that. I’m the one who plans for holidays and birthdays weeks or more in advance yet this Valentine’s Day I shopped for a little something for my daughter the night before. I don’t like living from one chore to the next but I can’t seem to get caught up enough to shift into a more thoughtful, intentional mode.

This issue has nagged at me for a few days because one of my closest friends, Jodi, had a birthday yesterday. We are celebrating together today and I want to do something to let her know how important she is to me…

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Eight million stories in the naked city



Great post from Writing Wranglers and Warriors written by Author Mike Staton.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

This post has been written by me, Mike Staton. This post has been written by me, Mike Staton.

Sixty-seven years ago, a black-and-white film noir debuted at movie theatres in America. Directed by Jules Dassin and based on a story by author Malvin Wald, The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. Shot partially in documentary style, the tale takes place on the streets of New York City. At the end of the film, the narrator says, “There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.”

I love to look for paintings that whisper of stories yearning to be told. To paraphrase the ending of The Naked City, “There are eight million stories inside this painting. This is one of them.”

First, though, I have to choose a painting or photograph. Nowadays I peruse Pinterest. If a Pinterest painting or photo intrigues me, I’ll save…

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…Written Acts of Kindness Award… my pal Authoress, Ailsa Abraham…



I love this blog post by Seumas Gallacher. What a lovely inspiration for others. Thanks Seumas!

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:


…it’s amazing how the paths of people yeez have never even met can cross on the virtual channels, and it seems as if yeez have been kindred spirits all yer lives… such is the focus of my Written Acts of Kindness Award today… the indomitable knitter of woollie jerseys for penguins… the erstwhile motorbike acrobat… the doyen-ess of all things strangely British in the middle of her adopted domicile in France… and the quite proper champion of wildlife protection everywhere.. my fellow Crooked Cat Publishing cattery mate, Ailsa Abraham...

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…her tireless support of many of we quill-scrapers is legend, with her open-house blog at the Bingergread House the source of much fun and fellowship… so, put yer paws and flippers together, and welcome m’Lady, Ailsa ;

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yeez can also connect with m’Lady here :

…Ailsa, the rules for passing this Award on are very simple:

  1. You are welcome to…

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Ten Authors Walk Through A Door



Most writers will identify with this post written by Travis Richardson on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Even if you’re not a writer, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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Did you hear the one about the writer walking through door? Well, unless he/she was a drunk who bumped into the door instead of opening it, there is a high possibility that you haven’t, as most entrances are relatively insignificant. But in fiction, specifically crime fiction, walking through a door often introduces new characters or is part of an action sequence. Originally I had planned to document 25 great entrances, but with the time being as short as it is, I’m settling with these ten. I hope you enjoy them.

Edgar_Allan_Poe_daguerreotype_crop Edgar Allen Poe: Tell-Tale Heart

I thought we should start the list of door entering authors with the master of horror and father of the mystery. Tell-Tale Heart is a favorite of mine for the narrator’s egomaniacal insanity. Below, Poe documents the man’s feverish glee as he is about to commit a senseless murder.

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The Amazing World of Dogs



Thought you’d like this post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. If you’re a dog lover, please take a look. Author Gayle Irwin writes about the Westminster Dog Show and other dog things. You’ll love it!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle and Mary at KnowledgeNookThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

An important event in the dog world takes place very soon – the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dog breeders, handlers, and their furry charges will gather later this week in New York City for the 139th annual show, and the “pick of the litter” will be seen on national television.

There are many events leading up to the televised segment, which showcases the best of breeds within seven groups: Terrier, Sporting, Non-sporting, Herding, Toy, Working, and Hound. Discover the various breeds within these groups at this website:

Two new breeds will be featured at the 2015 show: the Wire-haired Vszla and the Coton de Tulear. I am always excited to learn about new dog breeds, to read about their personalities, origins, and roles in life today. The world of dogs is certainly amazing!

Little Red Little Red, a “Vicktory dog”, who…

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A Winter Walk beneath a Starry Sky



I’d like to share with my readers a special post written by Author Mike Staton. This actually appears on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today. Enjoy the story!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

This post has been written by me, Mike Staton. This post has been written by Mike Staton.

Nineteen-year-old Raymond Snyder squirmed in the pew. The starched collar itched and the suit coat pinched against his underarms. The organist for the Milton Presbyterian Church played “Rock of Ages.” Folks still trickled into the sanctuary on this cold January evening just twelve years into the 20th century. Cold ruled in the Northeast Ohio village of Rittman, but a coal-burning furnace kept the room warm. Raymond slithered sideways, slipped off his suit coat, and draped it on his lap.

A frigid wind blew through the vestibule into the back of the sanctuary, prickling Raymond’s neck. He stiffened for a moment, then relaxed.

“Susan’s going to want a warm body to snuggle against when she walks home,” Bobby Gilman told Raymond, grinning.

Bobby counted himself lucky to be Susan Wright’s boyfriend. He always looked forward to walking her home after church. Her…

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