Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.
Saturday 6

Saturday Six – Episode 23

Here we are with another edition of "The Saturday Six." But before we get to the questions, I wanted to welcome a few folks who played for the first time last week: Dave, Lisa, Shann, Ksquester, Angi, and Childebran1968. And an apology to Vickey and Josh, who I missed last...
Fun & LaughsLife

Hanging Around a While?

I recently subscribed to Time magazine, news that should make AOL's corporate parent happy. Besides the fact that I'm trying to make more time to read, I also figured at least one benefit of subscribing to Time would be that they could then stop offering me a senior citizen's discount...

On Judging Others

This entry has to do with two recent events. One of them involves a situation that came to light in the journal community on Friday; the other involves an attack against someone who commented to an unrelated entry here. If you don't want to read any more, skip this entry....

The "C" Word

Andrea made an excellent point in my last piece about rejection, "The 'R' Word." She states, "I don't think I will handle rejection well...I've learned to handle critique well, though. Does that count?!" Indeed it does! Critique deserves its own mention, too. Often, we writers confuse one with the other....
Saturday 6

Saturday Six – Episode 22

A big word of thanks to those who are still playing the "Saturday Six" despite the fact that the weekly recaps are no more. I'm glad to know you still enjoy the game. But before we get to the questions, I wanted to welcome a few folks who played for...

Remembering 9/11

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was awakened by a ringing telephone. I had fallen asleep on the couch the night before, having watched some mindless classic sitcom on TVLand or Nick at Nite, most likely, and the television was still on. The call had come from my...

The "R" Word

All writers, no matter how experienced, no matter how talented, will eventually face rejection at some point in their career. Hopefully, they'll get all of the rejection letters out of the way on their first novel until that one publisher decides to take a chance, and that first novel rockets...

I Wonder What You Want Me to Say

“It makes you wonder, doesn't it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street?” — Rod Serling from "The After-Hours" episode of The Twilight Zone. “The whole reason that people's journals become popular isn't because of the...

Why AOL Journals Need a Rating System

Much has been made about the recent removal of content from a Dan Wheeler's journal, prompting him to leave the AOL Journal community. I have been doing a bit of research on AOL's Community Standards, the very guidelines that apparently lead AOL to remove the content in question. First, I'd...
Saturday 6

Saturday Six – Episode 21

If the "Saturday Six" was a person, it would just turn legal this week. But before it goes off on a drinking binge just because it can, there are six more questions we must take account of, so here they are! This week's Reader's Choice question was suggested (in slightly...
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