Recent Reviews for Maura Clegg
A Walk in the Woods (Short Story) - 5/18/2007 10:53:59 AM|
The simple little first comment, of course, is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Translation: You just don't place yourself in a position of vulnerability, whether you're walking in the woods or on your way back to your car from a shopping center. How wonderful cell phones are nowadays. Calling for help or just looking like you're calling for help and possibly giving a description of your likely assailant is a degree of protection. But Kayla's part in this speaks to her youth and immaturity. Ending an argument by slamming your way out the front door may be indicative of one of the symptoms of why she's in a second marriage. Mouths are not simply for gossiping and meaningless chit-chat.
Communication and respect. Respect and communication. Phrase it either way, but its something that can keep you and your relationships out of trouble and in harmony. Slamming your way out of the house is cutting off communication and demonstrating a total lack of respect. And there are a dozen different ways Ty could have kept his little puppy surprise a secret without deceiving Kalya and being at least partially the blame for her actions.
Cherish your partner and none of this happens. Inherently, "cherish" includes--guess what?--respect and communication.
A nice little "growing up" story with an element of suspense.
Kept my attention!
Life Saving Chocolate (Short Story) - 4/24/2007 9:53:18 AM
Interesting story. Thank you for sharing it, Maura. We always take risks when when we share our writing, don't you think? Love and peace,
A Walk in the Woods (Short Story) - 4/24/2007 9:50:18 AM
What a beautiful "feel good" story, Maura. Well done. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace to you,
Fostering an Older Child (Article) - 4/28/2007 7:46:15 PM
My dear Maura,
It's been a long time since I've read such a heartfelt appeal for such a worthwhile project.
As a retired court officer, I endorse your comments with enthusiasm and sincerity. I have had occasion to participate in hundreds and hundreds of tough juvenile cases pending in the California court system. And the ones that need it most--the older children--are the ones most difficult to place.
Bless you for your loving attention and for your hopeful message.
I do hope you have stirred the heart of one or more of our Den writers who might find themselves in position to take on this most worthwhile responsibility.
I invite all readers to read my two short-short stories posted in my Den: "You and Me" and "Yours and Mine." Each of these is based on an out-take from my novel The Paradise of Revenge. It's a tough, graphic novel that reveals some of the evil-doing in this world. To do something positive and so worthwhile is a great opportunity.
When your time comes and you meet God face-to-face and he asks you what you have done in your lifetime to justify His creation of you, you can answer: "I sheltered and loved a lost foster child."
Your reward will be yours forever.
Fostering an Older Child (Article) - 4/21/2007 5:00:45 AM
If I could, I would, believe you me. What a beautiful gesture; so many children are in need of a forever family or a foster family to love the, to nurture them, to care for them, to give them the hope they need in order to make it in life. It is especially true with children of a different race, children older than two years, or children who have special needs. These are the children society would rather forget. Sad.
I am not adopted, but I know several adoptive families, nnd they have touched me. I write a lot about adoption (particularly special needs adoption); I have become very familiar with issues in the adoption world, and it has been an eye opening learning experience. I write stories based on what I have learned or observed, and I am all for adoption or foster care. If more people felt the way I do, there'd be no hurting children or children in waiting!
A beautiful, heartwarming article you have penned; very well done! BRAVA, Maura!
God bless you!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your Texas friend, Karen Lynn. :D
Fostering an Older Child (Article) - 4/20/2007 3:58:09 PM
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