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  1. I mentioned in my recent community pool posts that I’ll be starting Thursday day posting and linking to blogs that I like. Looking back – these 3 weeks really flew by. So, in my latest post I have a poll allowing others to vote on best blog out of those I featured:

    http://howtoaddict.com/star-blogger-award-nominations-july-2017/

    Please join in and cast your vote. And let me know how you like the whole idea! Also, I am always on the lookout for more blogs to feature… so if you are willing to give me permission to link to you – comment and let me know!

    Also, my standard motivational Monday @ 8:00 post is up. I won’t link to it here… but if you have any feedback – please comment either here or on the post. I love reading feedback from my Community Pool peers!

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      1. Well, it’s hard not to feature great blog like yours. The most enjoyment I’ve got from this Community Pool is connecting with people like yourself… Simon, Benjamin and others. Truly grateful for it.

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    1. I’ve commented on how much I enjoy this post but all of yours in particular. I must say, though, it seems like a bit of a joke if I nominate myself haha 🙂 But I’m all for this new style of awards! I think they’re neat.

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      1. Well if you look most of blog awards that are happening – it’s like a chain – I nominate you and then you nominate X more people. The only thing I don’t like is that most often there is no winner or prize… which I’m changing right now ;).

        So if you have few blogs that you can recommend to me – let’s do it… I’ll visit and if I like any I’ll feature them next week.

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    2. As I think I’ve said before, I love that you continue to support the community. I looked at every one of your nominees. 🙂

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    3. Hello, I love the idea of featuring other blogs! I definitely would mind if mine was to be linked! I just checked out your blog and I love it! Also congrats on your award 😊

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      1. Well, then we need to make featuring of your blog happen ;). As for the award – it’s not for me, but rather for bloggers that I feature. If you can, please visit on coming Thursday… I’ll have post declaring who won The Star Blogger Award & give accompanying prize!

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    4. I find this as such a great idea to do this, it’s wonderful to give bloggers attention, a very nice gesture that you’re doing.
      I definitely wouldn’t mind if you went ahead and linked my blog. But also, I’ll definitely go ahead and vote. 😊

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    5. Hi, what a great idea! I have a suggestion if you’re also looking for feedback – the voting list is pretty big. I couldn’t commit to reading all of them, maybe you could do a weekly survey and periodically do a best of. I liked the one I clicked on though – the title was misleading (something about cleaning house). The writing was poetic and inspiring.

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    6. Spectacular idea. I Nominated having read and discovered. Thank you for all this effort, it’s a cool thing to do, in the true spirit of this community. Just off to visit your latest post now. Not sure if I am what you are looking for but feel free to link to me. Again, good job.

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      1. Basically:

        1. I’m looking for quality unappreciated blogs. https://dailyflabbergast.wordpress.com is probably great example… someone who blogs on schedule (once a week), pens really interesting pieces, but has almost no response.

        2. I’m also looking for nominees which will be glad to “pass the torch” – nominate additional 3 blogs of someone they think is good.

        So – if you are OK with 1 & 2 – then I can nominate you and you can nominate others. You definitely have nice blog 😉

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  2. Happy Monday Blogging Superstars!
    I’m pulling together a group of personal development / self-improvement bloggers. I write about this and other things in this post from the weekend. I also write about how I’m looking to connect with bloggers who want to be nominated for blogging awards.
    https://myinstructionmanual.com/2017/08/12/building-a-community-of-500-followers/
    If you want to be part of either group, let me know here or on the blog post itself. And as always, I’d love any other feedback or thoughts here or on the post itself!
    Keith

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    1. You and I talked about this over emails… but I also wanted to state here publicly that I think it’s a great idea. And with someone like you leading the effort I’m sure it’ll be huge success.

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    2. Really appreciate what your doing and I look forward to more things in the future. I liked your Facebook page and I’ll be keeping an eye on what you have for us later on!

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    3. Hi Keith,
      I love the idea of having a group for self-improvement bloggers. I write about a variety of topics, but I have a category on my blog that is essentially how to be a better human being. I am really interested in making connections with other bloggers who write about similar things as me. Do you think my writing coincides with what you are looking for for the self-improvement group? Here is a link to a post I’ve done as an example of things I’ve written within this category. I’d love to connect with you if there is a way we could work together.

      http://allthepassionstrings.com/defining-your-own-identity/

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      1. Hi Bethany!
        The idea is to bring together bloggers who write at least some of their posts about personal development / self improvement themes. So if that’s you, we’d love to have you in the group.
        There are a bunch of different things we can do as part of this group, everything from Twitter chats to coordinated themed posts to a group board on Pinterest.
        But the idea is to make everything optional. People can participate in the activities that makes sense for them and ignore the ones that don’t.
        I’m writing up something with more detail. I’ll reach out through your blog to get your contact information.
        Keith

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    4. Wicked awesome idea! I have a question and a suggestion for you. First, the suggestion – since you have a Twitter account, it would be helpful to attach it. If you’re not sure how to do it, this blog post should help (and Hugh has tons of other great info for bloggers too) –

      https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2016/02/25/how-to-add-your-twitter-username-to-your-wordpress-blog/

      Now the question – I’ve been running a Twitter hash tag party on Wednesdays called #WitchBlogWed – essentially, I retweet Pagan bloggers, and spiritually-related blog posts. I’d love to share your “10 Inspirational Quotes to Change Your Life” tomorrow, if it’s okay with you. 🙂

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    1. You are really building up suspense with these novel rewriting posts. I know I am very intrigued to read the final product ;). As someone who “eventually wants to write a book” I find these posts of your invaluable… you are really taking reader through the process. Great job!

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      1. I’m glad it piqued your interest! ^_^

        There is a lot of suspense involved in the writing process: even the writer never knows exactly how it’s going to turn out. ^^; On has to trust the process.

        Thank you for commenting! ♥

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    2. Thanks so much for this! Very interesting and helpful sounding technique! I also write and have a novel going right now that I am re-editing for the eighteenth time, but I have not gone in with a specific technique I just sort of read with a critical eye, this sounds like a great advice and like a might cut down on some of the time I waste.

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      1. Oh yay, another fiction-writing-and-literature-addicted blogger! I’ll have to read some of your posts when I get the time.

        I’m glad you found my post looks useful, I hope it’ll help! Good luck with your novel!

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    1. Fun story, I love your dialogue, it does a great job of helping tell the story and getting you into the characters.
      What a concept, I love how you used real urban legend to base your story off of!

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      1. Definitely, I used to be a bit afraid of it when I started writing but I now imagine the characters speaking and it’s fun!

        I also found Marcy Kennedy’s books Dialoge, and Internal Dialogue very helpful, as well as her other books on POV, Showing and Telling etc.

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      1. I’ve said it before and will say it again – this is freaking awesome post. No wonder it’s getting so much interest… it deserves to be top result when you Google “Amazon Kindle self publishing”.

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      1. Hi, I think I can safely say that sales of both my titles is considerably slower than expected! I think what would definitely help is some five star ratings. One person has been kind enough to do that so far on Bound in Morocco, but I feel people think it’s more trouble than it is, despite having said they really enjoy the stories.

        I gave several copies to friends a few weeks ago and I’m going to e-mail them all this weekend, asking them (again!) if they’ll be kind enough to leave a review. There are some other ways to promote on Amazon such as pay-per-click but I’m holding fire on those.

        As I mention in the article, the KDP books are VERY nicely produced, beautiful covers and lovely paper, so they’re great to have for a number of reasons. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try. As for sales, well, I’ll let you know when it reaches 100, but don’t hold your breath! ;-)



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      2. Yeah I imagined it would be difficult to begin, but I’m sure once you start rolling the value of your content will shine through! I appreciate you sharing that with me I’ll find some time to take a look at it and maybe write a review if that will help! Thanks 😊

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      3. I think it’s hard to start with as there are over two million books on Amazon, so although the books look nice on their site, probably not that many will see them. However, those who do can ‘look inside’ and read a bit to see if they like the style. I can imagine, as you suggest, that sales could ‘take off’ though. A bit like the old ‘chess board fable’ LOL

        One of the problems is that the cost of book production is quite high when they’re printing ‘on demand.’ So the cost of To Cut a Short Story Short: 111 Little Stories is £3.30 per copy. The royalty is 60% of the total, from which you have to pay the printing cost, so, to make something on the sale, the price can’t be that low. However, for the quality of the book and the stories I think it’s well worth it 🙂

        The Kindle price on the other hand can be much lower but I’ve only sold a couple of eBooks! That’s interesting in itself.

        Yes, any honest reviews of a positive nature would be more than welcome and I’ll be happy to reciprocate as and when!

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    2. I love it, there’s a gravity hill of the highway on the way to my mom’s house but I’ve never heard any legends or stopped to explore it. I like the actual dialogue, it built the characters and felt real, but maybe it would’ve been stronger with less tags or simpler ones. For example, “Johnny Serpa’s tone was hostile.” What he said sounded hostile in that line, and it might flow smoother without it.

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      1. Hi thanks for the feedback. I guess JS could have said it in different ways. I just preferred it to ‘said Johnny Serpa,’ but I’ll bear your suggestion in mind. BTW it should be ‘fewer tags’ 🙂

        Yes, definitely check that hill out and it’d be great to hear about it in the comments on my post! I watched an interesting video on YouTube about one near Pittsburgh. He rolled a ball ‘downhill’ and it rolled back ‘uphill’! I guess if you actually got out of the car and walked, your muscles would soon tell you one way or the other though!

        There’s also Magnetic Hill, where magnetic deposits are supposed to ‘draw’ cars up an incline. Not sure how true that is. I used that for the picture featured in my story.

        Very interesting subject without a doubt!

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    3. Hi Simon. I do like your story. It reminds me of a much higher quality version of the campfire stories we used to tell each other when I was younger. The only part that strikes me as odd is when Sue says “She put the car into neutral and it just started moving of its own accord!”. For some reason, the ‘of its own accord’ phrase doesn’t seem to align with the rest of her dialogue, which was super informal. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!

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      1. Hi Robin, I’m glad you enjoyed the story and thanks for the feedback, and the ‘follow’ too! TBH I think it’s a cultural thing, guessing that you are in the USA. That phrase would sound completely natural here in England, honestly!

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  3. Hello Blog-Friends,

    It was about a year ago when I started thinking about the notes for this essay – and it’s this essay that was the springboard for me starting my blog, so it’s an important little text for me! It’s a short essay on the importance of having an open mind, and not assuming yours is the only valid answer:

    https://dynamicstasis.blog/2017/04/10/reflecting-on-russell-embracing-doubt-in-architecture/

    I’d be really interested to hear what you think. Thanks!

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    1. When people get into selling mode they certainly have a tendency to give the impression that their work of art, whether it is architecture or what not, is somehow superior to others. However, it is quite right that we do not yet have a way to identify what really has more validity from an objective viewpoint so we must learn to remain humble and open to other ideas. Nice post!

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      1. I absolutely agree – thanks! I’ve had colleagues (in practicing architecture, and teaching) who seem really comfortable with asserting their position as fundamentally correct, which I find very difficult to deal with.

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    2. I enjoyed the post! Commented and tweeted it out. Since I’ve returned to your blog twice without realizing it and enjoyed both posts, I’m your newest follower, too.

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  4. Hey everyone,
    I hope you are doing fabulously! I just decided to give some new content a try and would love for your feedback on the post. I am a writer and the post is a hopefully humorous and insightful talk about killing characters. I’d love to know what you thought and how I could improve it, if I missed anything you think should have been covered or is you didn’t understand something.
    Here is the link: https://milesofpagesblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/fictional-murder/
    I also have posts of Book Reviews, and some of my own original fiction

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    1. I will definitely be checking out the rest of your blog later when I have the appropriate amount of time to properly peruse it; however, I HAD to come and give you many kudos for the linked post. It is simply OUTSTANDING. Whoa. I feel like killing characters is an author’s favorite past-time. Seriously. (I’m looking at you J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin. 🙂 ) haha

      I think you provided well detailed and explained criteria for killing or not killing characters. I read somewhere that says to kill a character in the middle of their story arc. Brutual, no? Anyways, I loved how even though you basically wrote a detailed list in this post, your own personality was picked up throughout. Thanks for the share and happy blogging!

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      1. Thank you so much!! I hope you get the chance and you enjoy the rest of my posts! I work very hard to make them thoughtful but have my character show through. I am so glad you enjoyed it so much!! As a writer I have certain characters the thought of killing makes me want a to cry and then other characters who I love but feel the urge to break everyone’s heart and destroy. It’s slightly worrying.

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    2. I really enjoyed this post. And a character doesn’t always have to be a human. I remember reading Where the Red Fern Grows over and over when I was young, and I cried every time when the dog died. That had some serious emotional impact.

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    1. I enjoyed your review, you very clearly sated that you enjoyed it and what about it made it so good while also pointing out the flaws and admitting to their distraction but not retraction from the good of the novel.

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    2. I enjoyed the review as well- but I got confused here: “Unbeknownst to Rachel, Nick is a child of the wealthiest family on the island. The super-rich of Singapore are incredibly *inclusive*, thus the thought of the eligible bachelor Nicholas Young having a nobody girlfriend he may propose to is enough to throw half the community into an upswing hell-bent on sending Rachel packing.”
      I added the **. Did you mean “inclusive” or did you mean “exclusive?” It threw me off that they seemed great, but then were hell-bent. Otherwise, I enjoyed learning about a new author and your take on what felt confusing or could have been improved.

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    1. Great post. I’m going to re-read this a couple of times – so many nights I go to bed determined to get up early and do something productive (normally to go for a run) – and over the last few months I’ve been really struggling. Your post should help with motivation! Thanks!

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    2. Hello and happy Monday!

      I am seriously impressed with your post! More so, I think, because I have recently-ish started a similar routine for writing and editing. I’ve found that even when I go later in the day than what I’m used to, it’s not the same. Feels like I’m off-kilter. I look forward to hearing if you continue this new schedule, though based on your post I think you shall, and also can’t wait to see more of your awesome blog! Thank you for the share!! 🙂

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    3. Good for you! I have so set a new routine when my kids start school next week, I may try this, but I have such a hard time thinking clearly in the morning, like I regularly put the coffee grinds in and forget the filter type of fog. I also read if you can commit 2 hrs every saturday to just writing you’ll be overly productive.

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    4. I’ve been struggling with this. I’ve been writing in pretty every available second of my day, no I feel like I’m making progress, but I’d love to settle into a writing routine and find more time for my fiction. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Really well written – I enjoyed reading about the different tendencies of the two. I’m more of an introvert, while my husband leans towards being an extrovert. It was nice to read a piece that wasn’t pro or con in either direction, but one that was a little more down the middle.
      – Christine

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    2. Such a powerful and important post you’ve shared!!! I’m so impressed by it I feel like I need to let myself stew it over then read it again. I’m definitely not doing it justice. I will read it again and leave a better review on your blog. Thank you SO much for sharing! 💫

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    3. “I sometimes feel like I have to be extrovert, like it is not OK to just be me.” I can completely identify with this. In fact, I’m working on a post called “The Accidental Extrovert” as we speak. I’m glad you held on to your introversion – it’s part of what makes you, you!

      Ciao,
      Robin
      https://robinbrodrick.com

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  5. Happy Monday, all!

    Back in September 2016, I turned my monthly, free Tarot card reading, into a weekly Tarot Tuesday post. Since I’m coming up on the one year anniversary, I’m thinking about changing up the look a bit, but not sure how. Any suggestions on format, picture size, scrolling versus bookmarking (I’m thinking of adding a “click HERE to skip to the bottom of the page” thingy) would be greatly appreciated.

    Here’s the current post (new one goes up tomorrow) –

    http://www.traciyork.com/free-tarot-card-reading-week-august-8th-2017/

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    1. Dang! I’d hoped to have plenty of time to peruse posts today, but this has been an extra Monday-ish Monday. I’ll stop in tomorrow morning and catch up with everyone. Happy blogging!

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  6. Hey everyone,

    http://emolovepoetry.blog/2017/08/14/architects-of-happy-endings/

    Towards blog posting aswell as many others, set myself a 365 day daily prompts poetry challenge (mainly prose/free verse)
    Would also be interested in anyone linking in their own sites (or other people’s) if it’s something similar to help guide me on my way and also see and adapt what it is I currently do,
    Most of my work is quite dark/deep as that’s the always been my forte when it comes to expression and self expression,

    Happy blogging,
    Brett

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    1. Hi Ari,
      I like your writing, but I found it quite hard to read because of the layout. Could you add in some paragraphs? That way it makes it easier for readers eyes to roll through your text.

      I kept loosing my place the way it is now…

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  7. Hi 😀 I would really like some feedback on my new post ” Hubba Bubba Bird”, Read the story and find the song 😊 I will of course check out your blogs as well 👍https://mystorieswithmusic.com/2017/08/14/hubba-bubba-bird/

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  8. Hi everyone! I have a creative writing blog in which I post a lot of poems and some short stories. Recently I’ve thought of a couple of “quotes about life” so will also be adding some sweet and simple quotes here and there. If you like poetry and all that good stuff, would love it if you checked out some of my pieces. Feedback and constructive criticism are much appreciated 🙂

    https://sonderwriter.wordpress.com/

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    1. Very interesting! I’d love to give it a try, but your time blocks don’t allow for interruptions from my little ones. At 5, 4 and 2, they just don’t understand giving Maman quiet time to do some work. Lol.

      I will pin it for later, though, so I can give it a try in September once school starts again.
      – Christine

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  9. Happy Monday! I wrote a post and shared my Golden s’mores recipe in honor of National S’mores Day!!! I would love for you to check it out! :)http://www.celebratingwiththebug.com/smores-bars/

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    1. It was interesting! I love hostels for this reason and I’m glad you recorded the conversation for further reflection. As for feedback, Anne Lamott says you should write everything you want to say and then cut the first part until you get what you really want to say. Since the piece was about her wisdom, maybe let the awesome wierdness of hostels be either more condensed or another essay.

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      1. Thank you for your honesty and really useful feedback! I totally agree and value your input. Will try to remember this in future posts. I often try to combine weird things and hope they work together 😂 Sometimes I should keep things separate! Thank you 😊

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  10. Hello to all the readers and writers out here!
    We all need incentives to work. We cannot live and work efficiently without motivation and encouragement. Isn’t it?
    However, we often forget that it’s not just us who need motivation. It’s all of the people around us, too.
    Check out my latest post to know what I think about this! I would love to have feedbacks!
    Here’s the link:
    https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/stop-breaking-start-building/

    Hope you like it! Would be glad to know what you think about it!
    With love,
    Meher

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  11. Well, hot-diggity-dog: 😁! Is this going to be a fun week: I’ve got some few things planned for my blog to help celebrate the Dover Comic Con here in Dover, Delaware, as well as posts both new and old, so do not miss out on the fun this week here at http://www.j2w7.wordpress.com! No need to 👀 for a much fun blog than this, and that’s KALEIDOSCOPE! The web address once more is http://www.j2w7.wordpress.com! Take ❤, with 💘-JW

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  12. Hey everyone!

    I’m looking for some feedback on my new post, it’s primarily a political post about how I’m not doing enough in the face of facism, racism, and anti-semitism and I want to do more.
    https://nikkispeaksfromtheheart.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/not-good-enough-thoughts-on-what-i-can-do-to-combat-facism-and-white-supremacy-in-the-united-states-based-on-the-charlottesville-march-that-occurred-this-past-week/

    It’s tangential to my halted Current Events Corner series that I started last summer, as it pertains to current events, but it is not specifically within that series.

    Also, please check out some of my other posts if they interest you! I love feedback.

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    1. I left a comment on your blog. Sorry it is a little long. Some of it is from a friend in the US who posted people to call / how to help. 🙂

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    2. It looks like you may have possibly seen my post about this (the one you partially quoted?) but I was going to tell you I just wrote one similar and am feeling the same way as a white woman. I still don’t know the solution but I know ignoring it isn’t the way to go anymore! I’m also a therapist by trade so it seems we may have a few things in common! Following 🙂

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