My Mom, The Queen of Courage

My mother, Anne, was the Queen of Courage in my life – a graceful, gracious and tough lady, especially when faced with adversity. The Finns have the perfect word for her kind of toughness – sisu – which describes determination and perseverance when faced with adversity. My mom had sisu up the wazoo. That’s why I …

Do What You Love by Henri Junttila

Following Your Heart to a Life of Joy and Fulfillment In a compilation of 16 essays, Do What You Love by Henri Junttila leads the reader step-by-step to an understanding of what can happen when we begin to be aware of – and listen to – our inner wisdom. This is not a new concept for most of …

On Writing by Stephen King

Stephen King on the Art, Craft and Business of Writing On Writing is the first Stephen King book I’ve ever read. It’s an excellent memoir of his life as a writer: what got him started, how he built his writing portfolio, and how his stories evolved, through vivid imagination and astute editing. But I’ve never read …

Crafting the Personal Essay

My book review of Dinty W. Moore’s Crafting the Personal Essay In my investigation of “alternative” styles of writing, including everything “flash,” I came across a book edited by Dinty W. Moore called The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction. I was impressed with Moore’s introduction to that publication, so I  bought Crafting the Personal Essay, which …

It All Changed in an Instant

My Review of It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure I’m a (pre) baby-boomer and, last spring as I approached my 69th birthday, I got a little nostalgic and started looking up books on memoir writing. Not that I wanted to write an actual book about my life story, …

The Moment – Life-Changing Stories

The Moment is about life-changing stories… of 125 writers and artists… and me. Do you recall “the moment” in your past when something so significant happened that it was literally life-changing? If so, you’ll enjoy the 125 stories in The Moment, a book of “wild, poignant, life-changing stories from 125 writers and artists famous and obscure.” In …

Roman Numerals Reference List

Do you remember your Roman numerals? I didn’t so I made myself a list. Here’s a quick Roman numerals reference list you can copy for your own use. 1 – I 2 – II 3 – III 4 – IV 5 – V 6 – VI 7 – VII 8 – VIII 9 – IX 10 …

Latin Phrases List for Writers

Free download: 2-page Latin phrases list for writers   Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of Latin words and phrases that writers might find useful in their articles, blog posts and books. Latin sayings can add flair to your writing and this list can be printed and 3-hole punched or the 2 pages can be placed …

Niche Marketing for Home Businesses

Did you know… the word “niche” comes from the French verb nicher “to nest?” My name is Barbara Casey AKA “The Tutorial Lady.” I’m a firm believer in creating a credible, useful niche for your home-based business… and this page is my “soapbox” where I explain in some detail why I feel so strongly about niche marketing …

Pride and Prejudice Mini-Series

Pride and Prejudice with the “real” Mr. Darcy – Colin Firth How many times did you watch the Pride and Prejudice mini-series when it aired on the A&E television network back in the 1990s? I mean… it was some of the best BBC TV ever imported into the U.S. And if you’re of the female gender, can …