Phyl Campbell

Phyl Campbell
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I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.
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Recent pages by Phyl Campbell

On a day that should be reserved for honors men and women in our Armed Forces, perhaps it is also wise to look at reasons why the American People feel so entitled.
Reflections on 150 pages take a long time. But it is important for an author to reflect and thank those who supported the journey. I am so happy to be a part of this community, and I'm grateful for all the opportunities I've had here.
Lisa McMann's series, THE UNWANTEDS, tells a tale of twin boys. One is Wanted. One is not. In a world where creativity is a crime and military might is desired, how might you fare? I know I would be among THE UNWANTEDS.
Dystopian Fiction is becoming a massively popular sub-genre, especially for YA fiction. If you are a fan of Divergent, Ender’s Game, or the Hunger Games, you may enjoy this Margaret Peterson Haddix addition to the collection.
Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of my favorite YA authors. She writes for a thinking audience of hopeful individuals willing to see the world differently. While her books in a series are great and popular, her stand-alone books are what I enjoy most. A recent one is FULL RIDE.
Who would have thought that answering a "help wanted" ad would lead to someone creating (his or) her own business? I certainly never did, but that's what's happening in my world now. And you could do it, too.
A college student named David, renting a room for the term, gets a bit more than he bargained for at the Pennykettle house with its dragon-sculpting housemum and her daughter Lucy.
Patriot Day... Never Forget... 9/11. This is my tribute to the heroes and the fallen. The link on the first line will take you to an audio recording, as Pentagon is both poem and song.
Last Friday, I decided to try automating again, this time with Hootsuite. I went with Hootsuite because several other local friends were using it successfully – so I knew I had help if I needed it. Hootsuite’s free account allowed me to automate posts to three sites. I chose my FB...
Ask any bibliophile, and she will talk about her books. How many she has, her favorites – and her lack of storage for them. Storing books and being able to find them again can be made easier with a database. Entering just one box or shelf into a database each day will catalog an ent...
It is so nice to know another Arkansas Wikinut. A few others have come and gone. They did not receive the same warm welcome I did, so I am hoping to do better by Manda Fowler, AKA, Web I Weave.
I happen to be a sucker for fairy tales. Especially fairy tales with awkward and intelligent princesses who rely on cunning and wit more than vapid beauty. So far, the works of E.D. Baker, beginning with THE FROG PRINCESS do not disappoint.
Adults use cell phones to communicate with loved ones every day. Yet we tell students to quit talking, put the phones away, and pay attention in class. I think our mixed message does a disservice to today's young people.
A girl with a heart condition meets a boy with supernatural powers. What will happen next?
Every now and again, it happens. Someone stops following you. How do you know when it happens and what can you do about it? Read on to find out.
The final book of the Artemis Fowl series is a must-read for followers of the series, but works as a stand alone if you like a good fairy adventure with very little romance. This book has a lot to offer in the way of female characters as well, so those who enjoy fantasy, wit, fairies ...
It happens once every 100 years. A person is born who can become invisible. A Wall. But in Laura Ruby's book, The Wall and the Wing, the sometimes-invisible orphan girl (name Gurl) thinks she is anything but special. But she finds a cat and turns truly invisible for the first time, an...
It's been a little more than a year, and over 100 published articles, but I now have my black belt in Wikinut. Hi Ya!
The recent SCOTUS decision has been met with praise from one side and an outcry from the other. Here's why I'm in the latter camp and think you should be, too. (Warning: facts and data, rather than blind assumptions based on bigotry and greed, will be found in this article.)
Third in a series, this life hacks article will show how to maximize space and simplify life with inexpensive hooks and rods. "Rods aren't just for curtains, hooks aren't just for fishing" was an alternate title choice. Please enjoy this article either way!
Cardboard is a wonderful resource and fully recyclable in my neighborhood. But before I toss it in the bin, I take mine on one or two more turns around the cardboard block.
Life is tough. Make life easier with some simple solutions for everyday problems.
Without a plan, other people must clean up after you when you die. This last act of selfishness adds anger and disappointment to already grieving families.
As promised, my review of Veronica Roth's Divergent!
Apocalypse Now! Rise of the Machines! Wall-E! Divergent! Hunger Games! It may be the end of the world as we know it, and our media is certainly putting a spotlight on on fears. But the book genre of dystopian fiction can't help but betray some of our hopes as well.
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