The Assault on Reading

- by Flo Fitzpatrick

Two events last month gave me that gut punch to the stomach feeling.  The first was the Fahrenheit 451 moment of watching of cops tossing out thousands of books from the “Occupy Wall  Street Library.” The next blow came about a week later, a candidate for the office of President of the United States stated, […]

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Tell Me a Story!

- by Flo Fitzpatrick

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak to a local Girl Scout Troop about ‘being a published author.’ Let me first say, scouting is a whole new world nowadays.  These bright young ladies aren’t just  camping in the woods and selling cookies. Merit badges are given for projects such as grabbing professionals and […]

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Smarter to be Lucky?

- by Flo Fitzpatrick

“ Smarter to be Lucky than It’s Lucky to be Smart?” There are variations of the quote, “Smarter to be Lucky than It’s Lucky to be Smart” – usually changing ‘smarter’ to ‘better. ‘ Keanu Reeves in “The Replacements” uses the ‘better’ quote after winning a squeaker through sheer luck but I love the ‘smarter’ […]

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I’ve Got a Name

- by Flo Fitzpatrick

I love names. Well – not mine. Aside from the fact that ‘Florence’ sounds like a Victorian governess, I got very tired of being called “Nightingale” throughout grade school. Worse, though, was the time in junior high when a classmate tried to call me “Flossie.” I calmly explained that unless she wanted to find herself […]

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