Author: miltlyles

Ideas and Ideals of Our Democracy

One of my best friends, John Guthrie, is ninety-three years old. He was a platoon leader in World War II.  His soldiers were engineers.  He had a college degree. He came out of the steel mills of Pennsylvania. Many of

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A Story Is Born Again

I have a new book being published soon by The Story Merchant Publishers, “The Other Side of Tomorrow”.  It is set in Lake Charles and is mostly about Church Street. I was born on Church Street and grew to manhood

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The Value Of Learning

I am waiting for the line edit of THE OTHER SIDE OF TOMORROW to be completed.  As I wait I read, and write, and draw, and talk. Talk is an important part of the writing process with me.  I am

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Home Again

I am just back from a three-week journey back to my home.  In the words of a friend of mine from my youth, Carl Warden if I am not mistaken, “I live in California, but Lake Charles, Louisiana is my

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A Writer Is “Born”

I have been working very hard on five additional chapters for “THE OTHER SIDE OF TOMORROW”.  I began writing it in 1992 as six short stories for Ken Atchity’s writing group. His clients would meet once a week and read

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Storytelling – The Essence of Teaching

         Another St. Patrick’s Day has passed, and once again I went out and read THE MAGIC STICK to kindergarten and 1st grade students in a number of schools.  I started doing this in 1990 for friends of mine who were

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Short Stories

I’ve been editing and writing short stories for about a month.  I of course started writing short stories in high school and never really stopped.  They are, as I believe Tennessee Williams said, never finished.  When I was a kid

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THE MAGIC STICK

THE MAGIC STICK evolved out of a series of classes I taught to elementary teachers on storytelling.  Storytelling is or should be an essential part of teaching.  After numerous requests I put into book form with the help of three

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On the Suffering of Others

I recently read a statement attributed to Flannery O’Conner.  It stated that we are redeemed through the suffering of others.  I do not believe that in total.  We are I think redeemed to some extent by our empathy with regard

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