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Coal: Energy and Pain in Eastern Kentucky

Posted by Gary R. Varner on November 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (2)

While the Republican Party touts coal as America's cheap energy resource what are the other aspects of coal mining?


Eastern Kentucky has long been the coal capital of the United States. This region of the Commonwealth relies on the jobs that coal mining generates to survive. Some miners, working in the cramped and dangerous mines earn up to $75,000 annually and would find it impossible to survive without coal. But what else does coal generate?


To put it b...

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A review copy you said?...

Posted by Gary R. Varner on December 29, 2007 at 10:06 PM Comments comments (0)

All new writers, as well as many, if not most, old ones desire to have their books reviewed in other publications so that their books become well known around the world. However, writers desire that the reviews be fair, concise, and reflect a true reading of the book.


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Are Books and Readers Becoming Extinct?

Posted by Gary R. Varner on December 3, 2007 at 11:09 AM Comments comments (0)
A recent report published by the National Endowment for the Arts indicates that only 47% of American adults read for pleasure--and only 57% read any book at all during 2002. Undoubtedly the numbers are even more grim today with hundreds of thousands of books being published but few being read. The report goes on to say that the number of non-reading adults increased by 17 million between 1992 and 2002--to a staggering 89.9 million adults. Has illiteracy become more attrac... Read Full Post »

A Measure of Success

Posted by Gary R. Varner on October 26, 2007 at 2:14 PM Comments comments (0)

A Measure of Success


Writers, except for those few who have hit a market with a good product at a good time, are similar to the starving artist who works tirelessly at his craft. Working ...

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