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A Carolina Christmas

By: Lynda Blankenship

First Name: L. Mcguirt Tyler
Country: United States of America

My grandparents Daniel and Ethel Mcguirt raised 7 boys in Surrency Georgia as sharecroppers. This is heart touching as I can relate to everything including the Rabbit. Thank-you.

First Name: Amy
Country: United States of America

I loved this story! It is beautiful and heart-touching. Excellent!

First Name: Shane
Country: Canada

I read this story and found that it had such an emotional impact that it took a while for me to write a review. I am certain that only those that have lived through economic hardship can really understand how the human spirit can rise above such circumstances. While set in the great depression of the 1930's, this story of a little girl struggling to "keep Christmas" is just as relevant in today's world.

First Name: Sergio
Country: Scotland

I loved this story. Read it to the children we were babysitting and it was a great success, they liked it as much as me. I think this is a well written and strong seasonal offering, which cannot fail but to remind us all of Christmas past and our childhoods. I could hear my mother singing! Excellent.

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A Day In The Great Depression

By: Bob Stubenrauch

First Name: NormaJean
Country: United States of America

Such a beautiful story. I was raised a poor girl and I know how it feels to be looked down on, but I also know how it feels to be treated as an equal by one who was kind. Such a beautiful story.

First Name: Megz
Country: Australia

I love the way this story is written. I think it is important that we acknowledge the kid people of our society. It does not matter if it was then or now. I feel sorry for the way people had to live. I, living in a fortunate area have lots of food, clothes and other things. I forget that some people, do not have anything. They survive on little or no food, and do not have a proper home. This story reminded me of that.

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A Friend Indeed

By: Janet Britton

First Name: Shirley
Country: United States of America

Easy to read and sensitively written! I learned alot about how to treat a friend when they are ill. Would like to read more by this author. Overall very good.

First Name: Dave
Country: United Kingdom

I found the story very interesting, it gave some insight into how maybe I could be that friend, if someday I find myself in a similar situation.

First Name: Jaime
Country: United States of America

"A Friend Indeed" is truly a touching story. It is tremendously written. It shows that with the hope and encouragement from a wonderful friend, there is always a greater chance of overcoming life's obsticals.

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A Place At The Beach

By: Wayne Eggleston

First Name: Jamie
Country: United States of America

Hi, my name is Jamie. Im Taylor Reid's older sister. I went to your page to view some photos and saw your memory of your son. Im so sorry for your loss. I have a son, Joseph, 15months old and the apple of my eye. I couldn't begin to feel your pain. But your story brought tears to my eyes. I know Chris was with you on the beach that day and will always be with you. I just wanted to tell you, the story of the beach and your family is beautiful. Our prayers are with you.

First Name: Zowie
Country: United States of America

This story absolutely broke my heart. You write about every parent's nightmare and you do it with such grace. My prayers will always be with you. He is an angel, I am sure of that and so are you and your wife.

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A Tale of Two Woes

By: Carolynn Rae

First Name: Colleen
Country: United States of America

Heartfelt, but very healing, showing an optimistic spirit.

First Name: Jamie
Country: United States of America

Very well written. I have experienced a situation similiar and this story has been worded and expressed to it best. This story can help many that need a positive in their life after a situation such as this.

First Name: Ray
Country: United States of America

This is a story which tells how she overcame a martial heart break to find a better life. We enjoyed the content and humor of the article. Her style of writing reminds us of Irma Bombeck. Keep up the good writing.

First Name: Marcia
Country: United States of America

I really enjoy your writing. Your story was very moving and reminds us all how good friends are so important in our lives. I am looking forward to your next article. Keep up the good work. Marcia

First Name: Phyllis
Country: United States of America

This is really well written, and I remember the process. I admire both of you, because it would have been easier to give up. the decisions you both made gave you both a lot to do and a great new life.

First Name: Jean
Country: United States of America

This was a well written story and it would be a great one for readers digest..or even books on how to handle divorce. She helped you see her pain but also her positive side.

First Name: Estelle
Country: United States of America

Congratulations on being "author of the month". This could be a "how to"story for many women. It shows the value of self-reliance and the importance of taking action at a time when even standing still is difficult. How lucky you are to have such a good friend and to be such a good friend!

First Name: George
Country: United States of America

A well written short story. One can feel the pain and the rebirth.

First Name: Dee
Country: United States of America

What a wonderful story of courage. Instead of having a pity party, she took the steps of courage and on that journey found a friend and a new life. The author writes the story in such a way, that you are cheering for her all the way!!!!

First Name: Mary
Country: United States of America

A very nice heart warming story that helps you know there is life after things go wrong.

First Name: Barbara
Country: United States of America

I'd like this to be forwarded to all Divorce Recovery Groups! It could serve as inspiration to the multitude who will be experiencing the same pain, and hopefully, see the recovery that is possible! Definitely a "feel good" story!

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An American Tale

By: Rachel (age 13)

First Name: Louise
Country: United States of America

I enjoyed your story, a mix of personal experiences and growth and perceptions of America. I hope you write more.

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At First Sight

By: Henry Nagel

First Name: Dorothea
Country: United States of America

How very refreshing to read a vampire story that had a twist as to their appetites. Very good story, and believable!

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Better Best Forgotten

By: Rachelle B. Villegas

First Name: Marj
Country: United States of America

I thought that the story was very well written. You were able to convey your feelings to the reader. I also assumed that the story was a "romance" story, until the unexpected ending. You're a very talented writer, keep up the good work.

First Name: Connie
Country: Hong Kong

Hi there! It was a really sad tale. I was wondering…did you by chance wrote it out of personal experience? You must have that lingering memory of your dad…Truly, when I read it, I thought you were saying some reminisces about your one true love: a guy…but it just touches my heart to read it was really about your father…It even made me cry…

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Blue Vanishing Monday

By: Sergio Burns

First Name: Jordan
Country: United States of America

My husband and I have completely and thoroughly enjoyed the work of Mr. Burns. He has a style which I find somehow comfortable even though his themes are a bit disturbing. His work reminds me of those old Philip Marlow movies. We would both like to wish him the best of luck in his writing ventures. He clearly has the talent to go to the top.

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Bonfire Knight

By: Roy Hare

First Name: Donald
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)

This story appears to be an alligator (sorry, allegory) rather than a dragon! Nice one Roy, keep on wif the kids stuff that adults can appreciate as well.

First Name: Daniel
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Dear Author, This was a great idea. I think it was more for adults than children though. Light, frothy and fun.

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Captain Timber

By: Roy Hare

First Name: Billy
Country: United States of America

My mom said I could thank you for your stories.

First Name: Sara
Country: United States of America

Dear Mr. Hare, I read your story to my grandchildren today. It was a hot, muggy, day and we all sat in front of the fan. They loved the story. Now, Wow and Double Wow have become part of their vocabulary. They asked if they could build a treehouse. We are all looking forward to more installments on what is a very cute idea. Thank you for taking the time to be so creative.

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Chindi

By: Dale Uhlmann

First Name: Sergio
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Excellent and gripping start I found myself pulled toward the plot immediately. I say plot because this was a very strong and eventful journey, not just a story, but with causality that pulls the reader toward it and drives it forward. If anything I felt this author would have benefited from more space, a book perhaps, with the characters drawn out a little more, and what a twist at the end. Never suspected! Great stuff!

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Coming To Terms

By: Dani L. Gustavich

First Name: Dee
Country: United States of America

Dani is a talented writer with a huge heart and makes you feel that emotion in every poem. Amazingly beautiful!

First Name: Tonya
Country: United States of America

I feel you are a great author and truly know how to express your inner soul. Your writings tell of life, is it yours? If so you should know that all your hardships in love will be rewarded when you truly meet the one that is your soul mate, at this point you will no longer have to feel pain, loneliness, or any emotional imbalance, and there will be no more tears unless they are for joy. Great writing/stories continue the good work and have fun at it. Enjoying what you do is the most rewarding energy available in this life.

First Name: Carri
Country: United States of America

I am very impressed with you. I am all so used to people who lable themselves as poets writing nothing but angst ridden dribble that should have best been left for a thirteen year-old to write. Your work has a very simplistic style; it is relaxed yet also deeply emotional. Your choises of words are beautiful. I don't mean this to sound like I'm praising you or anything, I'm just very impressed, and pleasently surprized.

First Name: Sandi
Country: United States of America

I am very impressed with you. I am all so used to people who lable themselves as poets writing nothing but angst ridden dribble that should have best been left for a thirteen year-old to write. Your work has a very simplistic style; it is relaxed yet also deeply emotional. Your choises of words are beautiful. I don't mean this to sound like I'm praising you or anything, I'm just very impressed, and pleasently surprized.

First Name: Katie
Country: United States of America

This is such an emotional group of poems. Very well written.

First Name: Manuel
Country: United States of America

Wonderful poems.

First Name: Lisa
Country: United States of America

These are beautiful! I love to find great poetry!

First Name: Joshua
Country: United States of America

I didn't enjoy these poems.

First Name: Taffie
Country: United States of America

Very moving poetry. As readers, we can see into the depths of the poet's soul, the hurt and happiness, we see it all. Bravo!

First Name: Dee
Country: United States of America

Dani, Marilyn and I read your poetry we both thought it was good We look forward to seeing you among the rich and famous someday.

First Name: Joey
Country: Canada

Beautiful, heartbreaking, emotional writing, cuts through you like a knife.

First Name: Connie
Country: United States of America

Dani's words are so powerful! Her poems reveal so much saddness, and pain, and aching; and yet, she leaves you with a total surprise of optimism! I'd love to read more of her work. I noticed she has some humorous poetry on this site, also, that I'm sure to enjoy next. Dani is a really masterful writer. I hope she gets published soon. Good luck, Dani!

First Name: Lynn (a fellow poet)
Country: United States of America

Your poetry was so very inspiring, and I would swear that we share the same coffee shop! (Riverfront) Anyway, keep on writing. I sense that your poetry has helped you through alot. If only everyone soothed their souls this way, instead of turning the pain outward, it would be a perfect world…but then, what would we have to write about?!

First Name: Susan
Country: United States of America

I enjoyed the poetry of Dani Gustovich. I especially enjoyed "Drip". I believe she is talented and look forward to reading more of her work.

First Name: Erika
Country: United States of America

Dani has such a way with words. She creates some of the best metaphors I've ever read. I always enjoyed reading her poems in college, and I'm happy to see that she is still actively pursuing her dream of being a writer. She inspires me to get back to my own writing.

First Name: Denise
Country: United States of America

Wow!! What awesome writings, Dani! Keep up the good work! Love ya!

First Name: Sarah
Country: United States of America

Dani, I always enjoy being at the coffee shop on the nights that you read your poetry. I have enjoyed reading your poems, but nothing could compare to hearing your perform them. You really put your heart and soul into your talents for writing and performing. Good luck!

First Name: Tanya
Country: United States of America

I thought most of the poetry was very good. I would say the artist did a very good job. I found a few to be insightful. And i found a few of them i could relate to. Very good work.

First Name: Rachel
Country: United States of America

What can I say…Dani is one of the most talented writer I have ever met..her pieces move me and inspire me. I hope she goes further with her writings :)

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Diary From The Southern Cross

By: Sandra Smith

First Name: Sharry
Country: United States of America

I enjoyed this story so much, it made me feel like I was the one living the experiences. Thanks to the author and WordShack for making it possible.

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Dream Street

By: Nicole Haines

First Name: Elisha
Country: United States of America

The first poem was definitely heart-felt. "Outlaws" was funny; I also liked the Mexican one.

First Name: Cynthia
Country: United States of America

From one poet to another, your work is outstanding. A joy to read.

First Name: Jane
Country: United States of America

Liked your poetry very much.

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Gone Fishin'

By: Kailyne Waters

First Name: Angela
Country: United States of America

Too funny! I believe I am straight, but this excerp hit very close to home

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