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Kathleen Valentine
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Blending Fact With Fiction
Sometimes the Universe gives writers
gifts that are just too irresistible. Six months ago, as I was
contemplating whether to write another Crazy Old Lady book, I came
across an article on the internet about a fabulously beautiful
theater with perfect acoust...
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Robert Goolrick's Heading Out To Wonderful: #Review
I read Robert Goolrick's novel A Reliable Wife , I fell quite
madly in love with Ralph Truitt. He was a man with a lot of flaws and
in many ways not very likable but over the course of the story he
won me over and by the time it ended I was in love. Wh...
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Thoughts On My #RachelintheOC Guest Blog
Yesterday I was the guest blogger on
Rachel Thompson's blog Rachel in the OC, Feel, Think, Share . Rachel
has been a leading voice in dealing with sexual abuse and rape. Her
book Broken Pieces has won numerous awards for its poignant,
heart-breaking beauty ...
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The Mystique of Abandoned Places
Last night my youngest sister, Beth,
called me and we got talking about ridiculous, risky things we did
when we were kids. Beth is sixteen years younger than me so we don't
share a lot of memories. When I was born—the first of my parent's
eight children—my ...
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The Salem Witch Trials: Three-hundred & Twenty-two Years of Intolerance
If you've ever walked to the top of
Gallows Hill in Salem, you know what a cold, haunting place it is.
Three hundred and twenty-two years ago on June 10, 1692, the first
woman accused of witchcraft was hung there marking the beginning of
the Salem Witch Tri...
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How Political Can Authors Afford To Be?
All authors—and in particular, indie
authors—know that building a platform and interacting with readers
is critical to success. We build these platforms via social media—in
particular Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you spend any time on Facebook,
you'll see tha...
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Guest Blog by Ray: Camping with 21st Century Boy Scouts
This is a guest blog by our good friend Ray Beimel in St. Marys, PA. Thanks, Ray: I spent 18 years in the Boy Scouts, 6 as a boy, 12 as an Assistant Scoutmaster. I left the organization in 1980 and never looked back. I learned a lot, I taught a lot, I got a...
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Dancing and Praying in the Street: Buona #Fiesta
Some time back I got into an online
discussion with a woman who was complaining that her Christian
beliefs were being “persecuted”—I never did find out how—by
atheists. Now, I am a person of Faith and I know a lot of atheists
and the closest I've come to be...
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#Knitting My Silk Bag and Smoke Ring
About three years ago I bought a bag of recycled, pure silk yarn on eBay in a luscious color called "Lilac." I have started three or four projects with it then gave them up because I wanted to use the yarn for something I would love. A couple weeks ago I go...
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An Old-fashioned Corn Roast
“They should be knee-high by the
Fourth of July.”   - Old Farmer's Adage about corn stalks In the Allegheny Highlands of
Pennsylvania—which I see is now being called the Pennsylvania
Wilds—late summer meant one thing for sure: corn roasts. Growing up
we loo...
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Guest Blog: CHASING HOPE By Amy Daws
Daws At
33 weeks pregnant, Amy is certain something bad will soon happen, it
has too many times before. Deep down she fears it’s only a matter
of time before the baby she’s carrying will die. Despite the fact
that Amy has been repeatedly...
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The Best Blueberry-Lemon Teacake: #NinjaCookingSystem
Marshall's Farm Stand , one of my favorite parts of Summer in Gloucester is now open and I went by to stock up on fresh asparagus, fresh tomatoes, and blueberries--oh, how I love fresh, locally grown produce! I was trying to decide what to do with the blueb...
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Kathleen Valentine was born and grew up in the Allegheny Highlands of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in The Arts and worked for over twenty years in the art/marketing departments of high-tech corporations. Since 2003 she has run her own design business, She is the author of "Fry Bacon. Add Onions", a cookbook/memoir of growing up Pennsylvania Dutch, as well as 4 novels, several novelettes and short story collections, and knitting instruction books. She has been listed as an Amazon Top 100 Author in Horror. Her novellas, "The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" and "Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter" were Amazon Top Ten Best Sellers in Horror and Ghost Stories for over 20 weeks. Her blog at has been read by thousands of readers since its beginning in July 2005. She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport, and is writing every day.
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Author of four novels, two short story collections, novellas, cookbook/memoir, and knitting books
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