August 4, 2019 7:30 am EST Twenty-nine people are dead and 42 injured in two mass shootings just 13 hours apart. Saturday at 10:39 am local time, 20 people were killed in El Paso, Texas. Then at 1 am Sunday morning, nine people were killed in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Lone gunmen are responsible for both …
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I’m speaking at Taylor’s Professional Writers’ Conference that is specifically designed to help writers get published. There are three secrets to publishing success: 1. Network 2. Network and 3. Network. Writers’ conference are the best place to get your face in front of an agent, editor and professional writer who can help move to the …
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God, I don’t understand

August 1st, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

My 2017 book, The Psalms of Asaph, is getting a new title and ad campaign. Admittedly, the title, which was supposed to be intriguing turned out, instead, to be simply esoteric. The psalmist, Asaph, (Psalms 50, 73-83) watched the glorious rise Israel and the building of the magnificent Temple as well as the moral collapse …
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During the American Civil War, the Confederate Navy filled Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico with mines, which at the time were called “torpedoes.” As flag officer David Glasgow Farragut led the Union’s fleet of 18 ships into the bay, he issued one of history’s most memorable orders: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” …
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Bible study tools

June 19th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I enjoy teaching a class for writers—and normal people—called Correctly Handling the Word in Writing. So, here are several of my favorite resources: Bible translations • Bible Gateway • Blue Letter Bible • Parallel translations Commentaries • Bible Hub • Bible Study Tools • Christian Classic Etherial Library Word studies • Study Light (Hebrew and …
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Gay Pride month musings

June 17th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here are some musings as the LGBTQ community celebrates Gay Pride month: • If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, I want you to know I care about you. I’ve written several newspaper columns condemning hatred and violence against LGBTQs such as God hates godhatesfags.com. • If you’re straight, I want you to …
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The Psalms of Asaph is getting a new title and cover—and a new section on “Unfulfilled Promises.” When I wrote it two years ago, I was seriously wondering if it was possible to out-give God. After some financial setbacks, it seemed we had and were deep in debt. However, in 2019, I was forced to …
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Con-grad-ulations!

May 20th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Top ten things you won’t hear at commencement Ever since Pebbles and Bam Bam graduated from Bedrock High, commencement speakers have been telling the crowd of cap and gowns to work for world peace, follow its dreams, and always wear clean underwear in case of an accident. So cue Pomp and Happenstance, here are the …
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Living in the ‘gap’

May 13th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

As a teen, our daughter would have loved to live in the Gap, the trendy clothing store at the time. Many of us live in the gap, but it’s a gaping hole between jobs or perhaps relationships. There are gaps in our health (I had three surgeries at three hospitals in two months for one …
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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 6th, 2019 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here are my favorite columns and cartoons for these amazing people called “Mom.” Have a great day! • Faith of Our Mothers A modern twist on an old tune • My daughter is one tough mother She had to be with me as her dad. Happy Mother’s Day, Faith! • Top ten things my mom …
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