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The Grateful Games leads to memories of Bogie and Bacall

My husband and I were playing the “Grateful Game.”

Never played it?

The game goes like this:  one starts with “I am grateful for (fill in the blank)” and then the other goes.  Do this until you cannot think of anything more to be grateful for.  We usually play this on our way to our 40 hour week job as we have a 30-35 minute commute.

At the end of our game on Thursday (March 28, 2013) morning, we simultaneously said “We have it all” and I continued with “Like Bogie and Bacall.”  My husband smiled because he knew what I meant.

Do you know what I mean when I say “Like Bogie and Bacall”?

If not, you are probably younger than 40 years old.

bogie weddingBogie and Bacall refers to Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

When the name Humphrey Bogart comes up, I automatically think of the movie “The African Queen.”  And Lauren Bacall is the legendary actress who was married to Bogie.

Bogart died in 1957 from cancer.  Bacall is still alive.  They had it all – a real love of life and each other.  That is what my husband and I have – a love for each other that at times seems bigger than life itself.  We are the best of friends and greatly enjoy each others company.

So, what does Bogie and Bacall have to do with writing?

For me it brings to light love and life and it brings back old memories and this song –  Key Largo.

For you who are reading this blog, perhaps learning about Bogie and Bacall will help charge the grey cells and inspire you to write something about them.  Or perhaps one of their movies will inspire the writer inside to come out and play with words that will create a masterpiece, just like Bogie and Bacall.

These photos of Bogie and Bacall were taken from Google Images.

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Look Heart, No Hands by Randy Travis

I had hoped to miss the yuck that has hit the United States – the dreaded flu bug.  I was not lucky this time around.  What I am lucky at is having a hubby who cares.  He brought me a cup of tea and said, “you must drink plenty of fluids to battle this round.  How else are you going to get all your work done.  You have clients waiting for those News Releases and those Book Reviews.”

“How thoughtful,” I thought.  I could have let negatives thoughts run wild, but what popped into my head instead was this Randy Travis Song:  Look Heart, No Hands.




I remember how it used to feel
Ridin’ down ol’ two mile hill
Tennis shoes up on the handlebars
Payin’ no mind to them passin’ cars
No doubts no fears
Just like when you are here

No chains, no strings
No fences, no walls
No net, just you
To catch me when I fall
Look heart, no hands

Took a little time to get up to speed
To find the confidence and strength I’d need
To just let go and reach for the sky
You kno, sometimes it felt I could fly
No doubts, no fears
Just like when you are here

It doesn’t take much
Just a smile of a touch
And I’m a kid again
I can almost feel that wind


Look heart, no hands

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Book Awards and Writing Contests

The Big Moose Prize

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication.

Entry Dates – December 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013

New Millennium Writings is now accepting submissions for our Thirty-fifth Consecutive Awards for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction.

Nautilus Awards

Indie Book Awards

The 2013 San Francisco Writing Contest

Satirist Comedy Writing Contest

Writers Village Fiction Writing Contest

82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

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Hard-working, fun-loving authors wishes you “A Great Christmas!”

vickielorettaweb1_pifp_yqzw Unmarked GraveQ:  What are your names?

A:  Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton, co-authors.

Q: What country do you live in?

A: U.S.  (Junction City and Hutchinson, Kansas).

Q: What is the title of your current book?

A: Unmarked Grave, Stealer of Horses

Q: What holidays do you celebrate during this time of the year?  Which one is your favorite and why?

A: We like Thanksgiving, but love Christmas because of the big crowd here and the fun.

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