Character biographies are first

In my last article I touched on inventing characters.  What I would like to do in this article is walk through some points that I have used and still use in that inventing process. A story needs a storyteller.  Most writers in their first works use t … [Read more...]

Anthony James: So good at being bad

[slideshow_deploy id='859'] After completing his autobiography in 2009, former actor Anthony James approached several book agents. Their recommendation was unanimous: “It’s a wonderful memoir, but take your mother out of it and we’ll represent you!” … [Read more...]

How to make your characters live

Putting life into a fictional character might seem a daunting task for a writer, but if you have done your homework it is pretty simple.  In my last article I discussed Bios for characters.  This is the most important step in character building and i … [Read more...]

Customer service is key to attracting senior shoppers

Senior citizens are canny shoppers. But we don’t just look for a great bargain. We also want good customer service. There is no excuse for the lack of good customer service and there is no substitute for it. Word of mouth is a strong r … [Read more...]

Restaurants That Use the Ziosk

The Ziosk… it’s a new way to pay your check at the table while dining out. Chili’s Bar & Grill has installed this new tablet at over 100 of its restaurants, along with Applebee’s and Uno’s in Chicago. I have had the pleasure of patronizing one of … [Read more...]

Jobs & the Economy: Bundy v. BLM Illustrates Nation’s Problems

Our Founding Fathers were wise to establish a nation that can only be ruled by a consensus of citizens, in common agreement over goals and means.  This is not the same as compromise, or the abandonment of principle for the sake of cooperation. … [Read more...]

Top five regrets of the dying

“Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” by Bronnie Ware, a hospice worker from Australia, is a must read. Senior citizens will find that it is stimulating, informative and easy reading. According to Ware people facing death go through a wide range of emo … [Read more...]

Diminutive Jane Powell reflects on big career

Actress Jane Powell celebrated her 85th birthday on April 1. Best remembered for two popular MGM musicals in the ‘50s, Ms. Powell appeared in around 20 feature films between 1944-1958, although in later years she played more dramatic roles on TV and i … [Read more...]