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Who Was Saint Patrick Really?

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 17, 2018 06:17

Having been born in England (yes, I came as an immigrant to these golden shores) I found the holiday that honors Ireland’s patron saint something of a surprise, considering that these colonies were no longer part of the British Commonwealth. Curious about the roots of this unique holiday (in which Americans don shamrocks and drink green beer) I did some research and was surprised to learn that the holiday is a very old one as it began in 1737 when The Irish Society of Boston organized the first Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the American colonies. In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, General George Washington had soldiers of Irish descent under his command and he allowed them to observe the holiday on March 17. From that day to this, Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in America by Irish and non-Irish alike.

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What's Blowing Your Way?

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 04, 2018 09:09

So, how's your March going so far? This well known phrase refers to the weather and I my home land (England) is definitely feeling the lion right now.

March seems to be a month of sayings:

- A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.
- As it rains in March so it rains in June.
- March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers

To the farmers of old, deciphering weather patterns was crucial. Looking to the constellations for inspiration was also employed: the placement of Leo (the lion) and Aries (the ram) during the month of March perhaps? At the beginning of March, Leo is in on the eastern horizon at sunset and at the end of March, Aries is on the western horizon at sunset.

For me, I just need to keep an umbrella handy.

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A Blank Page Is . . .

by Barbara Wood last modified Feb 24, 2018 19:32













waiting for a question to answer

waiting for an answer to a question

an opportunity

about to be crumpled

a resting place for my soul to be heard

next, after my first cup of coffee

expecting to be filled

there every day.

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Say What?

by Barbara Wood last modified Feb 21, 2018 18:57

I just read a funny article on how kids the Pledge of Allegiance.  I had these same problems when I was little.  For the life of me I couldn't figure out who "Liverdy" and Justice Verall" were, but I knew that they must be important people.  Or why we were pledging to four witches where they stand.  (My older and wiser fourth grader brother laughed and said I was stupid.  "Don't you know it's For Richard Stands?")  And why we were invisible under God  I mean, doesn't He see everything?

It reminded me of when I first learned my prayers before I could really read.  Hail Mary I got, and that she was "full of grapes"? I could understand.  But why did they give Jesus an extra name by calling him "Thywoom Jesus"?  And why were we asking Mary to bless his fruit?

I think I had to become a writer to clear things up.

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Happy Valentine's Day

by Barbara Wood last modified Feb 14, 2018 06:36

Happy Valentine's Everyone!

Hope you're sharing the day with the ones you love.

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A Source of Inspiration

by Barbara Wood last modified Feb 02, 2018 07:16

I am a big fan of Dolly Parton – I admire the woman, her music, her films, but most of all, her outlook on life. I recently read an interesting item about her 2008 album, “Backwoods Barbie.” Amazingly, this woman who is one of country music’s greatest artists of all time, could not find a major record label to release the album. Even more amazingly, the music industry seemed to be telling Parton that she was a has-been and no one was interested in her songs any more! But Dolly Parton was not to be deterred. Being an optimist at heart, and a clever entrepreneur in her own right, she created her own label and produced the album herself. It came out to rave reviews and went on to be a smash success.

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Why Make My Bed?

by Barbara Wood last modified Jan 16, 2018 16:25

Why bother making your bed when you’re just going to get right back in it and rumple the sheets and blankets all over again, right?  Well, aside from the fact that I like sliding into nice, cool, smooth sheets at night (a well-made bed is inviting, I think, to the weary body) there is a theory that people who make their beds every morning are happier and more productive than people who don’t!  It makes sense, because I am a fanatical bed-maker, and I like to think of myself as happy and productive.

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No Time Like The Present

by Barbara Wood last modified Jan 08, 2018 07:36

Now is the time to start writing that novel you've been thinking about.  What?  You say a novel is too big of a challenge? How about this: can you write a page in one day?  That's all, just sit down and write one measly little page.  Well, if you do that every day, at the end of this year you will have completed your novel!"

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Happy New Year!!

by Barbara Wood last modified Jan 01, 2018 05:26

Happy New year!

I hope that 2018 is a wonderful year for you :)

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Merry Christmas !

by Barbara Wood last modified Dec 25, 2017 08:07

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Have a Fabulous Day!

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Books are for EVERYONE

by Barbara Wood last modified Dec 22, 2017 09:21

Even Santa needs something to read!

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There's still time!

by Barbara Wood last modified Dec 18, 2017 06:12

What's on your list?

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No Time Like The Present

by Barbara Wood last modified Dec 12, 2017 06:01


No need to wait for January to get started on a new plan, a new idea, a life changing dream. Get started now! What journey are you on?

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The Far River

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 27, 2017 16:24

I've often said that my books are like children.  I don't have a favorite.  I love them all equally.  Special delivery coming in about 4 months!  Enjoy!

Pre-Order is available now :)

I hope you like it :)




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Happy Thanksgiving!!

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 23, 2017 04:41

Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Americans!

Whether you are putting the turkey in the oven right now, or traveling to be with family, or hosting the day's celebration, or enjoying the great outdoors, or having a quiet day, I hope you enjoy today! And to my international friends, I hope your Thursday is a great one!

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Inspiration - Found Everywhere

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 20, 2017 08:53

A writer finds inspiration everywhere!

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Your Story Matters

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 16, 2017 18:13

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by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 10, 2017 06:30

I am frequently asked for advice on how to write.  And just as frequently, I get requests for inspiration.  So here are two for the price of one.

While I do not write non-fiction, I do nonetheless strive for accuracy, realism and truth in my writing, because people believe the printed word.  And so my advice pertains to both genres, fiction and non-fiction: be sure of your facts and be prepared to back them up.  Don’t do shoddy research.  Be meticulous.  Readers are placing faith in you.  

As for “inspirational” advice, one word: Perseverance.  If you desire to publish someday, get your ideas or stories out there, and then stick to it, write, get those words down, don’t let anything, or anyone, stand in your way.  Listen with an open mind to criticism and suggestions for rewrites.  Remember, editors are not adversaries, they are people who want the best possible writing you can offer, and very often an editor can see what you have overlooked.

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More Love

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 07, 2017 06:31

More love in the World please :)




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Trick Or Treat!

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 31, 2017 11:33

Happy Halloween!

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Who Was Saint Patrick Really?


What's Blowing Your Way?


A Blank Page Is . . .

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Nov 27, 2017

My Next Book - The Far River

Nov 20, 2017

Audio Book - Woman Of A Thousand Secrets

Jul 18, 2017

Audio book: The Serpent & the Staff

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