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Honest, candid, compassionate... too rare these days in the religious communities. I, as one who finds my spirituality outside organized religion, appreciates this kind of heartfelt analysis. 
We who call ourselves Christians lost a great deal over the past few days, though it's probably not in the way you might think. 1) We lost the chance to be loving. So many professed followers of Je...
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Delighted to have sold a print of this favorite photo of mine. Captured inside the Alcazar of Seville, where Game of Thrones shoots its "House of Dorne" scenes, it's a gorgeous location that just begs for photographic documentation!  
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"This one is black and white, there is no nuance here."
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Thrilled to be included in another "beach reads" list. Bring it on...and enjoy the read! 

#AfterTheSuckerPunch  #books #beachreads
As thoughts turn to the end of our Beach Read holiday when suitcases need re-packing, we're not ready to leave yet. My guest today is Mark Barry. Rosie Amber Beach Reads  My bucket list is currentl...
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After reading a particularly cynical thread regarding Millennials on Facebook last week, this very balanced and thoughtful piece by Fareed Zakaria is a balm.

Personally, I find the generalizing of ANY group based on their particular (and culture-created) "generation" to be myopic, limited, and usually not far any other forms of prejudice, so it's always appreciated when a bright mind digs deeper and looks further. As one who's raised a Millennial and has many of them in my life, I applaud Zakaria for not taking the bait but, instead, taking into account the current and historical comparisons of each of our "generations" and defining a much more comprehensive overview of this vibrant group.

"After having been pilloried for trying to destroy the bourgeois order in the 1960s and 1970s, youth are now scorned for being too bourgeois. Too many young people, it seems, are well adjusted, responsible, and looking for good jobs. If only they would wander off campus and study tantric rituals, smoke pot, read Hegel, and stage a sit-in or two—then they would show us their inner souls."
Though today's generation of college students and recent graduates are often portrayed as self-centered, careerist and politically dispassionate, they are really just adapting to the world they live in today.
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From the "this is kinda fun" file: Fine Art America, where I have my photography galleries set up for viewing and purchase, now has a feature where you can order any photograph to decorate a throw pillow or tote bag (among other things). I actually think this is very cool — "active art" — and I'd be thrilled if those interested took at look at what's available for just such activity!

http://bit.ly/IO1gyZ
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Some thoughts on the holiday, illustrated by one of my favorite artists, Neil Boyle. This print below is one of five gifted to me by his wonderful daughter, Kay Jackson, and I'm delighted to feature it as a perfect image of this day we celebrate!

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Even if you don’t pay attention to whatever elements of Taylor Swift’s life make the media on a given day, one would be hard-pressed to have missed the weekend’s brouhaha with Swift vs. Apple Music. Say what you will about the girl—her fluffy songs, her digitally-enhanced vocals, or her madcap rise to fame—she knows how to use a bully pulpit. #indieauthors #books
Even if you don't pay attention to whatever elements of Taylor Swift's life make the media on a given day, one would be hard-pressed to have missed the weekend's brouhaha with Swift vs. Apple Music...
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Virtual Book Club: Lorraine Devon Wilke -- Delighted to participate in fabulous UK author, Jane Davis', online club. She asks great questions and I was happy to answer! :) 
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I always thought "Potato Chip Man" looked a lot like Robert DeNiro...what do you think?

http://bit.ly/IO1gyZ #Madrid #Spain #photography 
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Mark Barry, author extraordinaire and UK indie publisher, has written an astonishingly lovely write-up about me and my work. I am so touched, particularly coming from someone whose work I've read and highly admire.

It's moments like these when this sometimes lonely journey called "self-publishing" feels all warm and toasty! :) 
Contemporary Fiction is the unwanted, bastard stepchild of Independent fiction.  Harsh? No. True. Don't believe me? Come and join me at the shelter where, just outside the soup kitchen, you can find ten, fifteen, twenty Con...
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Orcas Island is one of my favorite places on earth and this story of an Orcas Island dog rescuer will truly touch your heart. 
Share ThisSeveral years ago,  Thayne and Christine Hamilton founded the Grey Muzzle Rescue Sanctuary on Orcas Island, Washington. The mission was simple. Bring the worst of the worst, the dogs nobody wanted, and they would provide the stability these pups needed in their life. The husband and wife duo worked tirelessly for years with their …
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Writer of fact & fiction, veteran of rock & roll, snapper of pics & someone to be reckoned with (my mom said). Follow links @ my site for regular doses of sass & sensibility.
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I write books. I write articles. I take pictures, I sing, I write songs. And I've just published my second novel. Have followed these Muses my entire life and they're a demanding but joyful bunch! In terms of verifiable accomplishments, my website (www.lorrainedevonwilke.com) offers a trove of probably more than you'd ever want to know about me, with the bonus of links and lots of fun photos.

The life-story nutshell: after years of rock & roll ('80s, big hair, great bands, incredible music; best time EVER!), a feature I co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a small indie company in Seattle... it was a small but significant success (starred J.D. Souther, Billy Burke and featured David Crosby) which had some solid impact on my career's forward motion, and shortly after, other screenplays were optioned and awarded in various competitions. 

Somewhere in the midst of all this cinematic activity I got back into music (songwriting, recording, performing, session singing), leading to the fruition of one of my lifetime goals: recording my own album (Somewhere On the Way). It was a true labor-of love, of which I remain ever-so-proud and still listen to today (longer road trips make for great sing-alongs). You can find it at CDBaby.com and iTunes...and I hope you will! While I continue working with indie songwriters when I can (SoundCloud has the latest), I look forward to repeating the album exercise at some point, hopefully before the business of music completely eludes me.   

My current life includes curating and marketing my photography website (Lorraine Devon Wilke Photography) and my personal blog (Rock+Paper+Music), maintaining a regular column at The Huffington Post (Lorraine Devon Wilke @ Huff Po), and writing a monthly column for an award-winning northern California newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise (a bona fide ink & paper endeavor, my columns are reprinted here). I write and edit for a variety of other online sites and businesses (a decent archive can be found at my page at Contently

My biggest adventure of late has been exploring life as an independent author. Both my debut novel, After The Sucker Punch, and my short story, She Tumbled Down, were 2014 publishing successes, with my latest novel, Hysterical Love available Amazon Author page and @ Smashwords. I hope you'll take a look and, certainly, enjoy the reads. And please enjoy my continuing "adventures in publishing" at my book blog, AfterTheSuckerPunch.com.

And that's the nutshell. Thanks for reading and don't hesitate to get in touch if you're so inclined: info@lorrainedevonwilke.com.

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