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I like Bernie; I've always liked Bernie.The rub is in the way too many of his supporters are comporting themselves in their effort to promote the cause. When bullying starts to metastasize onto the pages of other respected people, it might be time to re-think the strategy... 
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It was a big question, one that was put to me recently, and one I felt a deep responsibility to answer honestly and with all the truth of my own observation and experience. I hope you will read it with an open mind and a shared desire to change the language of our many conversations on this topic.

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My Neil Boyle portrait up at Molly Malone's in LA. Love being included... love that portrait! 
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From my perspective, I don't give a hoot about the race, creed, color, gender, genre, price point, publishing platform, or social media status of an author; all I want is the alchemy, the magic... the good book. Which is why I want to introduce you to a favorite new author of mine, a fellow who's writing exactly those books: Mark Barry.
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Yes, the speech DID move me. 
Without so much as a "Bye, Felicia" to those who said she was an unworthy choice, Caitlyn Jenner silenced her critics with a stirring — and at times, quite funny — speech accepting the Arthur Ashe ...
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I found myself getting twitchy and all "devil's advocatey" about the whole thing. Certainly I get the reason for such affirmative action, but do we, as strong, female artists, really believe it's necessary to excise men in order for fairness to reign?

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I just finished reading New York Magazine's devastating piece, "'I'm No Longer Afraid': 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn't Listen", a long title for a sad and sorry narrative that stretches over decades and has impacted the lives of so many women. I was left feeling battered as a reader (one can only guess how battered the victims felt), but beyond the discussion of what happens to Bill Cosby from here (something, right??), there percolates a larger conversation about how women -- and men -- view sex and power in this 21st century....

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There is great honor, as an author, in seeing that your work has struck exactly the right chords and inspired a response such as this. THANK YOU, E.L., for so beautifully and articulately expressing your thoughts about this book. I feel as though you literally grasped every element of the story, the fine points and those less so, in ways that convey how thoughtfully you read and analyze a book. I cannot tell you how thrilled and grateful I am. Thank you, sincerely.
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A little fun poking fun: "I'd never watched the show before last week. It's not that I'm a TV snob...I can appreciate fluffy viewing diversions on those nights when nothing good is on, you're too tired to invest in a new series and you've already seen Rick Steves bouncing through Brussels, come on... The Bachelorette??"

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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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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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