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When I Fall (Book) - 3/7/2008 2:50:32 PM
When I fall for a good read...I'm usually easily entertained. And Barb McClatchy's "When I Fall" is a very entertaining piece of literature; Our protagonist, Mel, certainly at life's odds with the job of a window washer, has seen some rather delicate situations during his career. But when his dangling job puts him in the position as the eye witness of a murder way above the streets of Philadelphia, his easy going demeanor kicks into high gear and he is desperate to find the killer. But wait - no body, no murder, right? The local police departments as well as the FBI shake their heads when Mel tries to get their attention. Without any proof or even a victim, Mel has no choice but to team up with his Irish pal Liam and one homicide Detective whose hands are bound due to some messy politics. Their frantic search through the darkest corners of a drug infested Philadelphia neighborhood begins and quickly Mel comes across some mysterious findings which involve his past flame, Sarah, and her fiancé, Dean, who is a rising star within the pharmaceutical industry, a womanizer, and seems to be linked to some pretty shady business. Once the murderer realizes that Mel is on his tracks and once Mel figures out that Sarah might be in the company of the killer, Mel's up against the clock with no time to spare. "When I Fall" is a fast paced thriller with what I call a `sexy undertone'. I very much enjoyed how McClatchy weaved corporate America issues and blue collar life (and death) together and spun it into a believable plot of high industrial politics, cover-ups, and murder. Some editing and type-setting issues turn this five star novel into a four star, but overall I very much recommend this book and consider it a fun and thrilling page turner. Rebecca Lerwill - author of 'Relocating Mia'

When I Fall (Book) - 9/26/2007 5:15:20 PM
I have to get this book my husband used to work in Libery Place LOL

Interview with a Window Washer (Short Story) - 9/8/2008 4:34:33 PM
felt like a bee drawn to the sweet fragrance of a flower. Yes, you left me hanging. Going to check out book.

The Secret Life of Willie Character (Short Story) - 9/8/2008 4:27:51 PM
Love the way the characters interact with each other: patient, playful,tender, sensitive. Curious to see how it was going to end.

It All Started with the Dog Poo (Short Story) - 9/7/2008 11:34:02 AM
Oh Barb, this made me HOWL with laughter because I could have written it years ago when the same thing happened in my house! We seem to share the same wicked sense of humour. Hope you will drop by and read some of my stuff, too. Looking forward to more from you! Best, Julie

It All Started with the Dog Poo (Short Story) - 1/27/2008 12:01:37 PM
Oh families. . .they are at our core, the core of our hearts and the core of our despairs. Good writing and love the title. Eileen

It All Started with the Dog Poo (Short Story) - 11/20/2007 5:58:59 AM
Really enjoyed this since I have both big and small dogs, and my siblings rarely invite me over any more!!

The Green-Haired Teacher (Short Story) - 11/8/2007 12:16:16 PM
This brought tears to my eyes, Barb; a very compelling account. Thank you for sharing it. Love and blessings to you, Regis

Yabadabadoo! (Short Story) - 11/8/2007 12:13:25 PM
A delightful story, Barb. Thanks for the smiles. Love and best wishes, Regis (Reg)

The Green-Haired Teacher (Short Story) - 10/8/2007 5:13:34 AM
Barb, I lost my father two years ago last month to cancer, and when I read this it brought tears to my eyes. You're mom must have been a very strong woman...and you this tribute to her was beautiful.

The Secret Life of Willie Character (Short Story) - 10/6/2007 7:17:50 AM
Excellent write, Barb; well done! Love the name of the woman! *hee* (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Interview with a Window Washer (Short Story) - 10/6/2007 7:16:50 AM
Excellent story, Barb; very well penned! BRAVA! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Cardboard Watches and Other Important Life Lessons (Short Story) - 10/6/2007 7:16:12 AM
Excellent story, Barb; very well penned! BRAVA! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Yabadabadoo! (Short Story) - 10/6/2007 5:50:12 AM
Cute story, Barb; very well done~ BRAVA! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

The Green-Haired Teacher (Short Story) - 10/5/2007 6:18:18 AM
Barb, Having lost both of my parents now in similar style ( to cardio myopathy ) I fought tears while reading this very well written story of stubborness, dignity, love, humor and acceptance of death. Anne is in heaven right now smiling and bragging about your touching tribute. One day you will see her again and she'll tell you herself how proud of you she is. Wonderful story. Thank you, *Glen*

The Green-Haired Teacher (Short Story) - 10/4/2007 7:57:54 PM
Excellent story, Barb; very well done! :)

Interview with a Window Washer (Short Story) - 9/27/2007 7:51:13 AM
More - more! I'm off to the website!

The Secret Life of Willie Character (Short Story) - 9/27/2007 7:12:20 AM
I didn't know my husband's other name was Willie!! Well, I'll be!! You have described my one and only..... Isn't love grand? What a fun, well written, heart-felt story. BRAVO! I truly enjoy your writing style.

Cardboard Watches and Other Important Life Lessons (Short Story) - 9/27/2007 7:07:21 AM
LOVE IT! Your Grandma and my Grandma and the Grandma I intend to be are all cut from the same mold. Great memoir! Short and oh so sweet. Well written.

The Secret Life of Willie Character (Short Story) - 9/26/2007 8:41:24 PM
If every marriage were like this, there would be no divorces... right? Thank you, Barb. Love and peace, Regis

Cardboard Watches and Other Important Life Lessons (Short Story) - 9/26/2007 2:10:40 PM
Superb sharing, Barb. Thank you. Love and best wishes, Regis

Cardboard Watches and Other Important Life Lessons (Short Story) - 9/24/2007 5:04:35 PM
That was a very memorable experience for you. It is times like those that you should cherish for millennia…if not longer. I enjoyed this very much.

The Secret Life of Willie Character (Short Story) - 9/23/2007 5:33:47 PM
A wonderful story, Barb, a delightful illustration of married love. Loved the characters. They seem like the sort of people you'd live next door to. Very real. Much enjoyed!

I'm not stupid, drunk or klutzy (Article) - 11/1/2008 3:42:50 AM
Thank you for enlightening me. You are a marvelous lady. May I add one caveat? The disease that is causing you to fall, has given you a platform from which to rise ... with elegant prose and an abundant spirit. Regards ... Reginald V. Johnson P.S. Keep researching for a solution. There is no such thing as an incurable disease. There is, however, a temporary lack of knowledge.

I'm not stupid, drunk or klutzy (Article) - 11/5/2007 11:55:46 AM
Thank you for teaching me this, Barb. I had no idea. Love and blessings to you, Regis (Reg)

I'm not stupid, drunk or klutzy (Article) - 10/26/2007 10:50:35 AM
Barb, Having read your article I am now aware of this issue and will certainly be more understanding of others who may have the same problem. You are certainly blessed to have not only a wonderful family but to also have the God given talent to write as you do. My hearing problem is that if we are out to dinner or at a party every conversation around us sounds loud to me and yet I cannot hear those who I am with. Strange indeed. No one will ever take you as stupid, I assure you, and we will all hope for a cure soon. Best wishes, *Glen*

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 1/28/2009 6:58:50 AM
A wonderful and dignified piece of work. My own nother has Ovarian Cancer and this brings to mind the dignity and pride fostered by looming death. I really enjoyed this~ Alicia

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 8/16/2008 8:54:35 AM
Grand piece! Well done. Honesty always commands the attention Of the hearing in heart. Keep up the good quality work. Rodney

Anne's Gift (Poetry) - 8/2/2008 12:48:00 PM
Hello Barb, I read your poem,"Anne's Gift". I found it a pleasant read. Osmosis ? Loved that part! Live the gift. Well done. Please feel free to visit my site here in the "Den".

Anne's Gift (Poetry) - 7/19/2008 5:19:17 PM
A good heartfelt write. God be with you, always! JohnMchael

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 6/17/2008 8:03:20 AM
Hello Barb, I read your poem,"Insidious Intruder". It was a very touching piece of writing. I found it left a positive message. With courage we can face anything. Don't worry, when you fall you will be helped up. I have type 2 Dibetes,not the the worst thing someone can have,but I somewhat know what it feels like to have something that can alter a lifestyle. Best of luck. Please feel free to visit my site here in the "Den"

The Daily Grind (Poetry) - 5/15/2008 3:59:41 PM
No, these do not define you. From your bio at least. Welcome to the den and hope to see many more inspirational writes too. I hope your plight goes away and rots if there is any thing there bothering you.

Anne's Gift (Poetry) - 5/15/2008 3:57:56 PM
We are always being watched by others. I don not have the education that you have but I can tell from your writes this is good advice. You write so gooood. **********

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 5/15/2008 3:56:43 PM
Went through it with Hubby Tom Aug 17, from smoking cigarettes and too many over the years. Know just what you are explaining here. He died with dignity and peacefully though but I have a hard time with grief. Maybe you could write something on grief cause you write so beautifully.

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 4/25/2008 3:58:01 AM
aaaaaaah yes..been there done that.. exceptional write..thank you Barb.. Blessings, Vesna :)

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 3/7/2008 4:30:31 PM
wow-this was a powerful read!!

The Daily Grind (Poetry) - 3/4/2008 1:02:26 PM
If it is'nt hurting, then it is'nt working. Work hard and play even harder. May all your days be merry.

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 11/12/2007 7:26:29 PM
Superb write. So many can identify with this.

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 11/9/2007 9:36:42 PM
An everyday uphill battle, but a battle that must be one. Never to give in, well written.... Be safe, Karen

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 11/9/2007 5:14:29 AM
Yes, the truly insidious thing would be to allow it to take all that you mentioned and being unable to stop it . . .

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 11/9/2007 2:56:11 AM
Barb, It can be a tough battle at times but love, prayer and fortitude will see it through.

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 11/9/2007 1:59:48 AM
As one who lives with illness/disability, I could easily identify with this. At times it may think it has me, but it doesn't, no, not really. I have to fight to get through every day; it's not easy, but I am stronger, much stronger than my disabilities/health problems! Powerful reminder; thank you! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 11/8/2007 6:55:14 PM
Barb, Excellent reminder that we may have illness, disability, but they don't have US. :) Well done! (((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

The Insidious Intruder (Poetry) - 11/8/2007 6:50:21 PM
Barb, lots of emotions here. Wonderful write, though it's sad. R~

Anne's Gift (Poetry) - 11/5/2007 11:52:38 AM
I appreciate your wise philosophical perspective here, Barb. Thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes, Regis (Reg)

The Daily Grind (Poetry) - 10/21/2007 12:52:27 PM
contrary to popular belief, we aren't what we eat - we aren't what we do... we are what we dream.

Anne's Gift (Poetry) - 10/7/2007 10:13:15 AM
Every school in America should have this bronzed and hung on the walls of every grade from the fifth to the twelfth . . . I loved each and ever word . . .

Anne's Gift (Poetry) - 9/28/2007 2:40:32 AM
Barb, Very sound advice and well worth taking it all in.

Anne's Gift (Poetry) - 9/27/2007 11:39:48 PM
Spoken from the heart and soul of a loving human being. Speak of kindness, allow God to guide you through each day in every way.... Be safe, Karen

Anne's Gift (Poetry) - 9/27/2007 7:32:47 PM
great words of true wisdome spoken here. when these words are followed life is a better place to be and to share with others. always, randy

The Daily Grind (Poetry) - 9/26/2007 7:48:34 PM
Thanks for grinding out one more inspirational poem. God Bless You and Your Loved Ones

The Daily Grind (Poetry) - 9/26/2007 5:13:45 PM
Very true

The Daily Grind (Poetry) - 9/26/2007 2:08:45 PM
Brief but powerful in what is expressed. Thank you, Barb. Welcome to AD. Love and peace to you, Regis

The Daily Grind (Poetry) - 9/15/2007 7:09:45 PM
Well constructed with a nice twist, great write... Be safe, Karen

The Daily Grind (Poetry) - 9/15/2007 5:48:31 PM
For each of us, I think, the daily grind truly is not who we are - but is a necessity. Bummer ... Kathy

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