Tag Archives: Christmas


Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

Hilary and Paul - December 2015

  My daughter and her husband – Hunting Island State Park – December 2015


The Little Prince and the fox

Happy holidays

Happy Holidays



Wishing you…

Happy Holidays

    Photo courtesy of National Postal Museum

Ebook: “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

If you haven’t yet acquired your first ebook, this is the perfect time to try one. Following are some quick links to a wonderful, classic holiday tale, which you’ll find in the story collection titled The Four Million. “The Gift of the Magi” is the second story in the collection.

You can download the entire book for free using any of the following links.

You won’t need a special ebook reading device (like a Kindle or a Nook) to do this. You can read the book in your web browser by choosing the “Read on your browser” or “Read online” options.

You can also download one or several ebook apps that are compatible with your handheld device. Or you can read the PDF version of the ebook, if Adobe Reader software is installed on your computer.

“The Gift of the Magi”
by O. Henry

Google ebookstore (includes web browser, Android app, iPhone app, iPad app, EPUB, and PDF versions)

Amazon Kindle Store

Open Library (includes web browser, PDF, plain text, DAISY, EPUB, DjVu, MOBI, and Kindle versions)

The Gift of the Magi - O. Henry

Gifts that are yours for the taking

The Season's Greetings

In 2009, the persistent question was “How can writers survive tough economic times?” My answer, with slight variations, was always “By learning new skills.” Learn to conduct online research efficiently. Learn to use online social networks. Learn to blog. Learn new methods of attracting publicity. Just learn. And then continue learning.

The best thing about the Information Age is the gift of knowledge available for the taking. Second best is the gift of entertainment. Sometimes both are wrapped in the same package.

It’s the season of giving. May your holidays be filled with pleasant surprises, like these three considerate gestures:

  1. Every serious writer can use a constant Writing Companion like Marsha Durham, who prompts gently, commiserates freely, and ferrets out free ebooks on novel writing.
  2. The Foundation Center has been among my bookmarked websites for years. Yet, until today, I was unaware of its resource guide for writers who want to learn how to find and apply for funding for eligible projects.
  3. If you’re a blogger who writes about books, Read It Forward, an initiative of Random House, makes it easy to request a free copy of a new title from the Crown Publishing Group. When notified by email, Read It Forward links to some of the bloggers who have posted discussions of the featured books.