September BookEnds Column and Elephant Tourism article

August 29, 2017

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See page 11 for my BookEnds column review of The Zookeeper’s Wife and an article about ethical tourism with elephants on page 3.

 

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August BookEnds Review and Panelist Announcement

August 7, 2017

My review of Chevy Steven’s Still Missing can be found on page 10 and the flyer on the So You Want to Write a Book event where I’ll be serving as a panelist is on page 6. I hope local aspiring novelists will come out to this event on Saturday, September 23rd at 1:30 at the San Ramon Library.


May 2017 BookEnds Column: A Review of The Elephant Whisper

May 2, 2017

My review can be found on page 4.


Origin of the word, “School”

April 27, 2017

Thanks for your insights last evening.  In answer to our robust speculations, I looked up the derivatives of our modern word “school (of fish)” and here is what I found: “A group or SCHOOL of fish is said to derive from Middle Low German schole (troop), from Germanic skulo (a division).”  As opposed to the Greco-Latin origin of the word, “SCHOOL (of learning)”: “Old English scōl, scolu, via Latin from Greek skholē ‘leisure, philosophy, place where lectures are given,’ reinforced in Middle English by Old French escole”.

 

So, there is only a spelling/pronunciation connection between the two meanings.  The words just happened to become identical spellings in modern English.


Chasing Jill Hedgecock

August 31, 2016

Check out my article in the September “Diablo Gazette” P. 14 about our own Jill Hedgecock.

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Chasing  Jill Hedgecock

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Q&A with David George

May 12, 2016

Hi, all you GRAND Magazine subscribers who followed the magazine link to my blog site!  I share this blog with my writing friends.  So, to read my Qs and As about my Granddad fables, please scroll down to the March 24th blog entry below.  Thanks, and I hope you enjoyed my fables.  Post a comment!  I’d love to hear from you.         – David.


The Reality of Writing

April 18, 2016

I just attended the monthly meeting of the California Writer’s Club, Mount Diablo Branch. Tamim Ansary spoke about why we write. I’ve been writing ever since I learned how. Short autobiographies from 3rd grade, papers for school (I returned to college in my 20’s and again in my 40’s just so I could write), letters, reports, stories, articles. I even wrote a book.

Thinking while writing is a lubricant for the mind. And the best part is the “limitless-ness” of writing. It provides a perfect route for self-expression, whether that’s opinion, imagination, historical, etc. It’s free and it can be done any time of the day or night. All it takes is a little time. Tamim writes six hours per day. That’s a high bar for me. I’m happy if I write for an hour or two.

Now that I’ve finished a book, I find I haven’t finished it at all. The initial creation is done, but now I’m in the editing phase. Then there’s the rewrite and re-edit. That’s the reality of writing…for those who want to write for money. I write for the love of it. Even when I write in my journal, it makes me feel like I accomplished something. I also enjoy the company of other writers, and have become close comrades with my Writers on the Journey.

I write because it enriches my life in a quiet way. For me, that’s the reality of writing.