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Jim Stovall, a retired journalism prof, is now a novelist, self publisher, watercolorist, gardener, woodworker and beekeeper -- among others things.
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Two very different books; some free expression discussion; and a new giveaway

This newsletter was sent to Jim’s email list (4,020) on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Hi, [FIRST NAME GOES HERE] October has turned into a very busy month. A couple of organizations have asked me for watercolors for fund-raising auctions (see last week’s newsletter), and I have begun clearing some fence-rows on our farm. Then there’s the baseball […]

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Book of Judith sets forth the story of a strong female character of Biblical times

The Book of Judith presents a rollicking good tale of danger, intrigue, suspense and high-stakes consequences. Its strong female protagonist takes on a challenge that her contemporary male counterparts shrink from. It’s too bad that the elders of Protestantism decided that the Book of Judith should be excluded from the canon. Girls and boys alike […]

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Free expression – What do you think? And something from the local library

This newsletter was sent to Jim’s email list (3,567) on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.   I am still watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick series on Vietnam. It has been difficult and emotional, and I will have more to say about it later. Don’t forget the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Maria. Too many people are suffering even though the […]

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This week’s Remarkable Woman: Lillian Ross; a new author and a watercolor

This newsletter was sent to all of those on Jim’s email (3,576) list on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.   We are coming to the end of Banned Books Week in the United States. The right to read is important and is always under threat, no matter where we live. Too many people get the idea that if […]

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Lillian Ross, reporter and precursor of the 1960s New Journalism movement

Was she the mother of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s — the movement that showcased the deep reporting of people like Truman Capote and Gay Talese? Many people thought so. Lillian Ross, who died Sept. 20, 2017, at the age of 99, was doing that kind of reporting and writing for the New […]

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Best book of the summer? Readers respond

The subscribers to my newsletter were asked to let me know what their “best book of the summer” was, and here are the responses: Karen: My favorite book this summer was Chasing Someday by Lindzee Armstrong.  It is a story about 4 couples and issues they faced involving fertility issues.  This book is different from the books […]

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Readers respond with their best reads of the summer; A superb collection of mystery/thrillers for 99 cents

This newsletter was sent to the subscribers (3,582) to Jim’s email list on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Hi,  Don’t forget the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many people are suffering now that the storms have passed. My favorite charity is the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR.org). Please make a contribution to yours. I am […]

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Margaret Fuller, watercolor by Jim Stovall © 2017

Margaret Fuller packed more than a lifetime into her 40 short years

What I mean by the Muse is that unimpeded clearness of the intuitive powers, which a perfectly truthful adherence to every admonition of the higher instincts would bring to a finely organized human being. It may appear as prophecy or as poesy. … and should these faculties have free play, I believe they will open new, […]

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Best book of the summer? and a chance to win a Kindle Fire

This newsletter was sent to Jim’s email list (3,393) on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Hi,  Today is International Literacy Day. Too many people in the world today can’t read, and two-thirds of them are women, according to the United Nations. This is too important to ignore. Don’t forget the September sale — reduced prices on some […]

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September 8 is International Literacy Day

    September 8 is International Literacy Day, designated so by the United Nations. There are still too many people in the world who cannot read, and two-thirds of them are women. This year’s theme is Literacy in a Digital World. “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who […]

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