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This is my sister-in-law, Caroline Kelsey Paul. We were sixteen-year-old brides together, trying to grow up fast and learn how to be wives and mothers. We raised our children together through potty-training, trick-or-treat, and tempestuous teens. We became grandmothers together, … Continue reading

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C is for Children in mental institutions

In the 1950’s, Fulton State Hospital officials heard frequent requests from distraught parents and community agencies about children with severe behavior problems. There was no place for these children to go.  There had been children at the hospital before, but … Continue reading

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Five Lies (you probably believe) about your Brain

 You only use ten percent of your brain.FACT: The 10 percent myth is an old legend,  given new life by the plot of the 2011 movie Limitless, which pivoted around a wonder drug that endowed the protagonist with prodigious memory and … Continue reading

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A is for Psychiatric AIDE

In 1958, when this picture was taken, my mother, Myrtle Paul (left), and her friend, Ann Hall, were called Attendants.  They were two of the frontline caretakers of the mentally ill at Fulton State Hospital. My mother took months of … Continue reading

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The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis

The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a gobble-down book for me, read all in one session. It’s 2:30 am and I just finished it, never for a moment was I bored … Continue reading

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Sanity and Insanity

In April I like to join a challenge called the A – Z Blogging Challenge.  Every day during April, except Sundays, I’ll write a blog post. The challenge is to stick to a broad theme and follow the alphabet throughout … Continue reading

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James Hugh Paul, another Paul Family Tragedy

James Hugh Paul was born May 15, 1821, in Fayette County, Ohio. He was named after his grandfather and was called Hugh, instead of James. He was eighteen years old when his grandfathers household goods were auctioned off in Fayette … Continue reading

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Stay Focused

I’m retired. That means I can do whatever I want to do.  Right? Not exactly. Since I’ve always wanted to write, I looked forward to retirement as the “write all day” time. It hasn’t worked out like that. Even retired … Continue reading

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Thunder Beneath My Feet

Thunder Beneath My Feet by Carolyn Mulford My rating: 5 of 5 stars I picked up Thunder Beneath My Feet because Carolyn Mulford is a “local” writer, who lives in Columbia, Missouri. She’s a neighbor, almost, since Columbia is only … Continue reading

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The Sanity of Strawberries: Misty

This is from my new novel, The Sanity of Strawberries, to be published in 2018.  I should have known William Delaney was bad news the first time he stepped up on Mama’s front porch, on account of he showed up … Continue reading

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