I am an author, blogger and an un-apologetically patriotic American. I enjoy martial arts, shooting sports and writing. I currently live in Cary, NC with my German Shepherd named Sophie.

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Adirondack Bear Tale #6: Aunt Betty Swats a Bear

Toasting Marshmallows at Uncle Wagner’s Camp! Our camp sat near the end of Burketown Road near the Miller’s old camp and Jack Camp’s old place. Jack Camp, a permanent resident, was the local coroner and constable, and kept an eye on things for those of us who owned summer camps in the area. Across the…

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Mathematics! Is It Really That Important!

Mathematics is a vital key to success in the world! Math is a methodical explanation of our universe! Math makes our life orderly and helps eliminate chaos. Many human qualities are developed and strengthened by mathematics including the ability to reason, to create, to think abstractly or use spatial thinking, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving abilities.…

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Adirondack Bear Tale #5: Black Bears and Birds

Uncle Ken, Black Bears, and Birds! What do black bears and birds have in common, you might ask?  Well, let me tell you. Besides the fact that they both love birdseed, they had my uncle in common. Klippels tend to be stubborn. My grandfather was stubborn, my mother was stubborn, her sister was stubborn, and…

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Success Secrets: Measure Twice, Cut Once

I’ve sawed it off twice and it’s still to short! Wisdom is a key to success. Where do we find the wisdom to achieve success? For me, one source was listening to the wisdom of my elders. I spent many wonderful hours as a child with my grandparents. During those times I learned many valuable…

Book Review: American Assassin by Vince Flynn

American Assassin: An exciting read from start to finish! Mitch Rapp is a trained assassin on a mission. His mission is to rid the world of terrorism one terrorist at a time. Since reading this book, I have learned that the Mitch Rapp series first appeared on bookshelves in 1999 with the release of Transfer…

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Adirondack Bear Tale #4: Donny Trees A Bear!

Donny Trees A Bear It gets dark early in the Adirondacks. The night’s fire was just about burned out with only a few glowing embers left in the stone fireplace. The two young boys had already brushed their teeth and were ready for bed. They unzipped the mosquito netting and entered the large canvas cabin…

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Promoting Your New Book? Have You Tried Libraries?

Book Promotion 101 You are a self-published author and you have published your first work. Unfortunately, it is not flying off the shelves at Amazon.com. You are selling some books and getting some great reviews, but real success seems to be so slow in coming. Establishing yourself as an author takes time and hard work.…

Adirondack Bear Tale #3: A Trip to the Dump!

The Dump at Raquette Lake. A Friday Night Hot Spot! It’s Friday evening in the Adirondacks. So, what do you do? What kinda entertainment venues were available to vacationers in the north woods? One of our family favorites was to go to the dump! Yep! I am serious. We would go to the dump to…

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Goodreads Reviews: Do They Matter? Of Course They Do!

Goodreads Reviews Do Matter! Did you know that you Goodreads reviews appear on much more than just Goodreads? Goodreads also exports reviews to Google Books, Powells.com, USAToday.com, as well as others. While book reviews on any site help, Goodreads reviews seem to go a bit above and beyond others! It is for that reason that I…