Memoirs of My Husband

My Husband is the Sexiest Man Alive
I woke up this morning to Jennifer Wright's AC's Sexiest Men of 2009 article. Inspired, I'll toss a nomination for my husband as sexiest man. But this in no way detracts from Jennifer's list of highly desirable AC men.
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Writer's Guide: Article to Page View Ratio

Guide to Increase Online Article Page Views: Consider Your Article to Page View Ratio
Many quality articles have been written at Associated Content and other online venues about SEO, keywords and other tools for succeeding an online writer. Here's an oft overlooked factor: article count to page view ratio.
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Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts on Loved Ones
How many times have I assigned students to write that Thanksgiving holiday essay entitled, 'What I Am Thankful for'. Family always tops the list. I'm thankful for my family, always, and in memory of a boy named Michael.
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Writing YA Fiction or Coming-of-Age Stories? 14 Must-Read Authors

Mature Reading for Teen High School Boys and Young Adults
It's a sad fact that the majority of teenage boys and young men do not read anything beyond magazines or newspapers. Here is list of literature guaranteed to get teen boys and men hooked on books. Excellent for YA authors.
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Happy Baby Feet: A Poem to Our Stillborn Daughter Isobella Raine

To Our Daughter, Isobella Raine Sachteleben Born and Died June 28, 2004
It's been 12 years since baby had to go. A tiny little soul, not quite ready in body. It's really sad when hello is also goodbye.

when did it happen

i'd really like to know

she was so alive

just why did she have to go?

  sweet child grew
  tiny heart beat
  sleeping baby beauty
  in my secret deep

  lovely baby feet
  dancing in my womb
  when did happy feet
  cease to hear the tune?

  baby girl and me
  whisper soft kiss
  living in our joy
  in happy baby bliss

  would her eyes be

  like daddy's baby blue?
  maybe long dark curls
  like her mama, too?

  pretty baby smile

  warm, golden glow
  glad you stayed awhile
  why did you have to go?

  why did she have to go?
  i asked the universe today
  i know she plays in heaven
  but i wanted her to stay.

  why, she never left
  Love said in great surprise
  she dwells within your soul

  and shines out from your eyes

  your tears upon his cheek
  kisses from Isobella Raine
  his strong arms 'round you
  are shelter from the pain

  sweet daddy and dear mama
  i didn't want to go
  but Blessed Mother held my hand
  so it wouldn't hurt you so

  and when you see that baby star
  that's me smilin' on you
  and when my little star twinkles
  that's me playin' peek-a-boo

Big Lake Poems: Oak Leaf and Acorn Novembers

Oak Leaf and Acorn Novembers
November in Michigan is leaf gathering time. Autumn harvest of oak and acorn burned on funeral pyre. Poem from the Big Lake Anthology about childhood and fall in Michigan.
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Halloween Haiku: The Dead

The Dead- a Haiku
Another Halloween Haiku from my friends at Associated Content. This is Rissa Watkins prize winning Halloween haiku,'The Dead' Pure creepy in 17 syllables.
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Freelance writer, Top 100 Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! News, Shine, Michigan, Detroit), blogger, teacher, mom of 4, happily married 25 years. Graduated GVSU 1986, psychology/general education and special education. continuing ed up to present. Certified MI teacher. Writing Michigan history mystery, children's Gothic fantasy. Areas of expertise: education, relationships, mental health, nutrition, history, world cultures. Passions: faith, Catholic church, sustainable living, interfaith initiatives, living simply that others might simply live. Working on MA in EI education. 

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