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Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Here are the lessons learned from a computer fiasco I had, years ago: Have a technology plan, but be flexible. [I had a plan but wasn’t flexible with it—until I was forced to. I doggedly stuck to the plan, even when it was inadvisable to do so] Multiple data backups were imperative. I used three methods, and […]

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Writing and more

Cross Words

I have had a lifelong affection with words. An avid reader of fiction as a child and teenager gave way to becoming a student of nonfiction as an adult. Along with that goes forty-one years of random writing experience and eighteen as a magazine publisher. It should come as little surprise then, that I also […]

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4 Reasons to Set Goals

It’s important to set goals, both for our work and for our self. Goals move us forward: Without goals, it’s easy to drift from day to day, week to week, month to month, and year to year—and nothing really changes. One of my goals is to attend two writing conferences each year. This helps grow […]

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Websites I Can’t Live Without

Please forgive the hyperbole in the title “Websites I Can’t Live Without.” The truth is, yes, I can live without them. However, I use them so frequently that not having them at my disposal would create a void. Google: I use Google for all my Internet searches and online research. I launch it from my […]

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Writing and more

Book Review: The Napkin, the Melon & the Monkey

The Napkin, the Melon & the Monkey: How to Be Happy and Successful at Work and in Life by Simply Changing Your Mind By Barbara Burke (reviewed by Peter DeHaan) Promoted as “a customer service fable,” The Napkin, the Melon & the Monkey is ambitiously subtitled: How to Be Happy and Successful at Work and […]

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Writing and more

Book Review: Ditched

Ditched: A Love Story By Robin Mellom (reviewed by Peter DeHaan) Justina’s prom didn’t go at all as planned. After tumbling from a moving car just as the morning light emerged, she finds her prom dress ripped and stained, with no memory of what happened, no cellphone to call for help, and no money – […]

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Newsletter Columns

Six Types of Books in My Library

I really enjoy books. I like to read them and I like to buy them. My collection is vast, falling into six categories… Read the rest of this post at its new location.

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Writing and more

What I’m Looking Forward to the Most at the Breathe Conference

This weekend I’m heading off to the Breathe Writers Conference. It will be my third time in three years. There are many things I’m looking forward to, among them: I’m looking forward to my workshop presentation to help and encourage other writers. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends. I’m looking […]

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Peter DeHaan and Jerry Barrett Start Writers Group

Kalamazoo Christian Writers critique group holds first meeting and generates excitement Mattawan, Michigan, July 19, 2012 – Peter DeHaan and Jerry Barrett have started a writers critique group, Kalamazoo Christian Writers (KCW), based in Kalamazoo Michigan. The first meeting was held July 11 at The Point, a non-profit community center located on the west side […]

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Writing and more

The Work of Publishing Periodicals

I publish four periodicals: two magazines, an e-publication, and an e-newsletter. There is an established workflow to each, with every day requiring that some task be accomplished for at least one of them. Additionally, one of the magazines has an overlapping production schedule, meaning that sometimes I have to start the next issue before the […]