Daer Fellow Journalists,

If there’s one thing that I am sure of, it’s that as writers of our lives, we are used to change! Here’s an oldie but a goodie from G. (Way back in 2015!)


Isn’t it “funny” how some things that were once so important in our lives shrink to almost total insignificance as we age? You certainly have examples of this in your life, making it unnecessary for me to relate mine. Take a moment to reflect.  

Do values, ideas, ideals, knowledge, beliefs, morals, behaviors, concepts, etc., etc, etc, change that much?

OF COURSE THEY DO! How else can we measure our growth, or lack thereof?

Two old sayings come to mind: “The only change that is constant is change itself”, and “Change is the one thing that separates the living from the dead.”

I don’t know about you, but I have a few people in my life whose refusal to accept change marks them as dead people walking. I’m sure you have some too.

I hope in my life, as I grow older day by day, that no one will ever say to me, or about me: “There’s old Ray— always the same.”

I sat on a mountain top the other day, very early in the morning, and thought to myself that Time is what made this a mountain. Indeed, Time is what makes us all who and what we are. Change over Time is what makes the catalyst.

I found myself that morning, sitting there in the early morning mist, feeling sorry for people who can’t / won’t accept change. These poor souls miss out on the grand opportunities of each new day. Hellva’ shame. Life holds sooooo much for those who accept change.

Now understand, I do believe in the need to question change. Change that doesn’t lead to the greater good does no one any value. Wisdom lies in the ability to discern whether or not change accomplishes that. And the attainment of wisdom is a grueling, day to day, hard work challenge.  And even wisdom changes.

I hope I’ve given you something to ponder. Remember, change is coming ! 



“My scars tell a story. They are a reminder of times when life tried to break me, but failed. They are makings of where the structure of my character was welded.”

Steve Marabol

Dear Fellow Journalers,

If you’re beginning to sense a pattern here, you’d be right! I’m turning over a new leaf. This past year has been one of hardship for me and I’m going to change my perspective, I can’t change some of the future outcomes but I can change the way I look at life in general. There’s been too much hatred, division, uncertainty, despair in my world and maybe, with a little luck, we can change it.

Join me won’t you?


Novel writing Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Even experience novel writers need prompts!

  1. You have been given a magical pad of paper that makes everything that is written on it become a reality. What do you write and what is your reasoning behind it?
  2. Talk about a time when a piece of writing changed you. Whether it is something you wrote or something you read. Describe how and why this piece made the world a different place.
  3. You were digging around some old stuff and you found some of your writing from long ago in your past. You can’t even remember writing about it but it is truly amazing. Talk about what you do with it, who you show it to and what eventually happens as a result.
  4. The writing from your computer’s hard drive was somehow sent to all of  your family and friends and acquaintances. The material includes the stuff you were afraid to share with everybody. What do you do?
  5. You are in a room with the five living writers who inspire you the most. What do you talk about?


‘Til next time,


Quotes for book lovers

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following quotes are for YOU!



“You never have to change anything. You get up in the middle of the night to write.”     Saul Bellow


“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”

E.E. Cummings


“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”    Plato


“A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.”  Henry Ward Beecher


“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

J.K. Rowling


“We read five words on the first page of a really good book and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.”   John Gardner


Lessons from the radio

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is another one of “G’s” classics:



On my recent trip to Detroit, I had to drive around 150 miles in a rental car at 3am for a 6am arrival. This didn’t bother me in the least, as I have long preferred to make long drives at this time to avoid traffic.

Another thing I like about it is that I LOVE to use my car as a classroom. I simply pop in a tape or CD from my vast collection, and somehow always manage to learn something useful.

For this particular ride I stopped in that evening at a local bookstore and bought a “book on tape” that I’ve been meaning to read. I was set.

So the morning of I arrived at the car rental place and picked up my rental. While driving out I discovered the horror! NO TAPE, NO CD! All the unit had was an AM-FM RADIO!

Now let me tell you: ALL that’s on FM radio at that time of day (3am) are either talk shows, or news. Let me tell you something further– THE PEOPLE WHO CALL IN TO TALK SHOWS AT THAT HOUR ARE WEIRD! AND THE SUBJECTS THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT ARE WEIRDER!

Frantically, I pushed buttons. I think I hit EVERY FM station available and could find NOTHING worth listening to. I sat back and wondered how I would cope with the rest of the trip at this ungodly (even for me) hour.

Then I remembered that the radio also had the AM frequency. I haven’t listened to AM radio in a LONG time. But I was desperate, and so I switched over to the AM frequency.

Guess what? The very first station I hit on AM was an “oldies” station! There they were. The sounds of my youth. Beach Boys! Martha and the Vandellas, etc! The sounds of my youth that I LOVE! There, in the privacy of my car surrounded only by the dark, I burst into song. And I happily bopped down the road, singing in my terrible voice, having a ball, and crewing up 150 miles of highway! Happy as a clam! The trip was over in no time.

Later, after time to contemplate, I got a life lesson from the experience—

How many of us waste time changing from station to station when what we REALLY  need is a change of frequency? How many of us search uselessly through one area, when we really need another? It’s EASY to change stations, but VERY hard to change frequencies.


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