Poverty Isn’t a “Black” Issue

Poverty Isn’t a “Black” Issue

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 15 January 2016. I recently stumbled across an article on Gateway Pundit titled, “Tavis Smiley: On Every Leading Economic Issue Black Americans Have Lost Ground Under Obama.” In it, the author, citing sources without linking to them, states that, for various recent time periods: Minority household income has fallen by nine to ten percent. Non-white families’ net worth has fallen by around 20% while white families’ net worth has…

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Random (Holiday) Acts of Generosity

Random (Holiday) Acts of Generosity

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 16 December 2015. I was having a little trouble coming up with a topic for today’s post. I kept thinking, what in my life is going on that people could possibly be interested in? All I got was a big fat empty in my brain, which is saying something, as it’s usually chock full of ideas. During a break from writing (The Vampire’s Favorite), I dropped by Facebook and…

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Reasoned Arguments against Gun Control

Reasoned Arguments against Gun Control

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 11 December 2015. In light of recent shootings, many are calling for tighter gun control laws, ignoring the basic fact that laws already in place did nothing to stop those shootings in the first place. It is therefore irrational to think more legislation will solve the problem. As Jacob Sullum wrote in a recent post for Reason, “Autonomous Terrorism Calls for Autonomous Defense,” “The perpetrators of last week’s attack…

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Bucket List: Australia

Bucket List: Australia

Note: This post originally appeared on my author blog on 9 December 2015. My son and I love to travel and we have a ton of places we want to go. For the past few months, we’ve been dreaming of going to Australia. I have friends in the Melbourne and Brisbane areas, so we figured we’d hit both places in one go, since they’re only a couple of hours apart by plane. One friend, knowing we’re hoping to travel there…

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Black Friday Is a Product of Freedom

Black Friday Is a Product of Freedom

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 26 November 2015. Today is one of the most revered or reviled days in shopping history, depending on one’s point of view. Bargain hunters awake early on this Friday after Thanksgiving to crowd stores, searching for holiday gifts at special prices, while the not-so-savvy sleep in and do their holiday shopping online. It’s easy to let Black Friday’s overt consumerism reflect negatively on Western society, capitalism, and the free…

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Over the River and through the Woods

Over the River and through the Woods

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 25 November 2015. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving meant days spent at my maternal grandmother’s house helping prepare for the upcoming feast. It was prefaced by a long, summer growing season, canning homegrown vegetables outside in a huge cauldron propped over a wood fire, and slaughtering a pig MawMaw raised for sausage, hams, and bacon, cured by her own hands. There’s nothing like canned sausage reheated and served…

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A Random Act of Kindness

A Random Act of Kindness

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 20 November 2015.   This photo, captured at a MARTA station in Atlanta by Redd Desmond Thomas, recently went viral. The photographer overheard the woman in the red coat ask her husband to help this earnestly dressed young man with his tie. The husband, likely used to his wife telling him what to do, patiently bent and showed the young man how to tie a tie. This random act…

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Welcome to Planet Vlargdon

Welcome to Planet Vlargdon

Otherwise known as (one of) the home(s) of writer C.D. Watson, sometimes accompanied by her son, a mad alien creative computer geek.  I had an epiphany recently: I’m addicted to blogging. It began innocently enough with a genealogy blog, and expanded from there to a homeschooling blog and a “life” blog (two separate blogs), then a second genealogy blog focused on my maternal grandmother’s family. Then came blogs for my separate pen names and another blog devoted to helping other authors, and…

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