Inviting fright at nighttime

When I was in elementary school, I bought a book for myself at the Scholastic Book Fair (which has been a thing in schools for forever). It was not my usual genre of book, though. This one was a book of spooky stories. I can still recall the ghostly figure on the cover and a few of the stories within. And, I am also sure my parents can recall me crying in the kitchen, too afraid to go to sleep, because I was fairly certain I was going to be visited by ghosts in the middle of the night. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!)...more

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Who Writes Our Life Story? Us or Life Itself?

I jump on and off Facebook throughout the day to “check in.” On what, I’m never sure. I guess it’s to see what’s going on in the world and with people I know. It’s a way to keep up with all the stories. Life is really nothing more than a story. We all have a life story, and how that gets told isn’t always up to us. ...more

What Story Are You Reading To Your Child?

Stories surround us every single day. Humans have been telling them since we first put smashed berry juice to cave walls. The stories we tell aren't confined to firesides or a lone writer with pen and paper in hand. They never have been. They swirl around us, so many times too fast properly hear. One swirls within us, narrating our thoughts and emotions, telling the passage of our life. “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ―Philip Pullman ...more
We read lots and lots of stories in my house :)more

I'm starting a new company - any suggestions?

Hi, my name is Annie L Watts and I have started a new publishing company and named it ALW Publishing. I have learned to publish books but now the hard part, marketing and selling the books. Do you have any suggestions for me?Like us on Facebook:

Oh Gas Station Bathroom Why Do You Haunt Me So?

Road trips generally mean open road driving, loud music, car snacks and fun destination but it’s all fun and games until your bladder decides that a pit stop must be made.  Let me first point out I have dirty bathroom phobia so keep that in mind as you go forth and read. ...more

A bit on family reunions

Here is the thing about family, Tiny Human:There may appear to be too many people.There may be too much putzing and stalling while assembling for group activities.There may appear to be too much noise and too many conflicts.There may be too many attempts at winning your affection or attention....more

Memories, Turned Into Stories, Never Die

i travelled from afar to look once again at a magical place from my childhood, the birthplace, of stories and dreams, where imagination and creativity took flight, never weighed down by commonsense. BUT my tiny kingdom had been destroyed by progress.i stood  on hot concrete,...more

A Love Story

In May, I participated in Panache DeSai’s 33 day program online with his new book - “Discovering Your Soul Signature.”  One thing about doing spiritual work, anything that needs to be released comes up.  In my case, deep childhood emotional wounds of rejection and abandonment came to the surface once again. Those feelings started with being adopted at 2 1/2. My new Mother told me over and over again as I was growing up that I wasn't wanted, that my birth mother had rejected me from the day I was born, and was always trying to find a way to get rid...more