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These are the books I read during the Year of COVID

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I enjoy reading. It’s not only part of my life, it’s part of my life’s work; as a writer and content developer, reading and learning and growing is an essential part of what I do on a daily basis.

Because of that, I tend to set a hefty reading goal…

Tired of the yelling and screaming on social media? Here’s the answer.

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We all grew up with teachers who warned us about our “indoor” voice and “outdoor” voice. The indoor voice was measured, soft, respectful of the room and the people occupying it. The outdoor was unrestrained, boisterous, unconcerned with…

Perspective from a 19 year veteran of marriage.

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Today marks mine and Rachel’s 19th wedding anniversary, and we celebrated the way most couples do: we woke up, forgot it was our anniversary, and then remembered halfway through breakfast.

That’s okay though, because we quickly moved on to other, far more traditional anniversary celebrations: an appointment with my oncologist…

Some thoughts on a diagnosis I never expected to receive

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I’ve tried to write this blog for a couple of days now, but I can’t seem to find the through-line. …

The Key to Finding Your Purpose May Be Finding One Word

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Have you ever thought about your verb, the word that best describes what you do?

I know. We live in a world that’s perilously obsessed with our actions, but the more I think about it, the more our verbs matter. …

A Poem About Parenting

We are old now, you and I
Much older than we were when we first stood at the altar
And promised each other for better or worse.

Those young faces…

A Lesson from My Son on America’s Greatest Sickness

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A few weeks ago, I kept a two year old promise to my son and I took him to an indoor gun range.

He first asked me about going to shoot when he was eight, and after checking out the rules of the range, I told him that he would have to wait until he was ten before we could go. …

Are you so good people look right past you?

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Several years ago, a dear friend of mine sent me a book in the mail. I wasn’t expecting it, and he didn’t tell me he was sending it, so I was intrigued when a mysterious package landed on my front step.

I ripped open the medium-sized envelope, and out fell…

Or, why that unfinished novel isn’t such a drag after all

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You have an unpublished or unfinished novel that you beat yourself up over.

At least, I’m guessing that’s true of you.

Otherwise, why would you click on this article?

For fun, let’s say that my guess is accurate. You’re a writer, and you’ve got a massive masterpiece that hasn’t seen…

No one knows you better than you

I recently wrapped up the process for creating the cover to my debut novel. My publisher’s designer sent me a couple of different variations, and after a little back and forth on different ideas, I chose the cover for my very first traditionally published book.

It was interesting.

I say…

Jason Brooks

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