Looking Out, Looking In

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True happiness can only be found within. This simple lesson can be challenging as it is human tendency to think that a better job, or a bigger house, a new place to live, or a romance could bring happiness, and these things do indeed bring

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Making Characters Real

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I’m very careful not to vilify or glorify characters.  Frank, the antagonist of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, is an abusive alcoholic, and initially, he is revealed only as such.  As the story progresses, however, we learn that Frank’s

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Growing Up With Uncertainty

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One of the toughest things about growing up in an alcoholic household is dealing with uncertainty, the effects of which long outlast childhood.   The characters,  Silvia and Cosmo, illustrate this point very well as they are both operating from

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Characters in Motion

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Silvia moves through the world like a Peanut’s character dancing.  Frank moves from one side of the kitchen to the other like he is keeping beat to a Polka song.  Cosmo moves with a bounce in his step, his head bopping back and forth like a

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