The Power of Poetry

Post (c) Doris McCraw What is it about poetry that touches the soul? What makes certain combinations of words haunting, happy or beautiful? This poem by Helen (Hunt) Jackson may help us understand the power of words. Glimpses As when on some great mountain-peak we stand, In breathless awe beneath its dome of sky, Whose … Continue reading The Power of Poetry


The Many Names of Helen Hunt Jackson

Post (c) Doris McCraw Helen Hunt Jackson is not a well-known name to many. This of course is partially due to the fact she died in 1885. Additionally, she had many names during her lifetime, one of which was not Helen Hunt Jackson. She was born Helen Maria Fiske in 1830. She carried this name … Continue reading The Many Names of Helen Hunt Jackson

Five Poets You Should Read

Post copyright by Doris McCraw/Angela Raines-author April is National Poetry Month. In honor of that I am sharing five different poets that I love and poems I believe important works. I posted some or the links. I strongly suggest you give these poets a try. Most are easily read, but oh the ideas they convey. … Continue reading Five Poets You Should Read


Post copyright 2015 by Doris McCraw As writing takes a bigger role in my life, I wondered where my influences come from. I've always loved telling stories, especially on stage. The actor in me loves bringing life to words on the page. As a writer, I want my words to come alive for my readers. … Continue reading INFLUENCES

Two Truths and a Challenge

Post copyright 2015 by Doris McCraw I'm adding something new this time around. It has been awhile since Helen (Hunt) Jackson made an appearance in my blog post. Since I'm reviewing her life and work for an upcoming presentation in Castle Rock, Colorado at their library, I thought I would share my thoughts on one … Continue reading Two Truths and a Challenge

Balancing The Scale

Post copyright 2015 by Doris McCraw I am going preface this post with: I love men, men in history and the contributions they have made to our world story. Having said that, this post is about balancing the scale. History has made a practice of telling the story of our lives from the male perspective, … Continue reading Balancing The Scale

The Other Half

Post written and copyright by Doris McCraw           This past weekend I spent time with some amazing women who write about the experience of women in the West. The organization was celebrating its twentieth conference.  It began when women authors wished to be acknowledged as writers of western fiction. The group … Continue reading The Other Half

Writing the Human Condition

Post copyright Doris McCraw             Writers write about the human condition. We tell stories about falling in love, solving mysteries and defeating evil.  Still at the heart of every story is the joys and sorrows of our heroes and heroines. Each person tells the story as they know it, but … Continue reading Writing the Human Condition

Details – A Key to the Story

Post written and copyrighted by Doris McCraw           We write stories, we tell tales, our imagination runs wild. Well, even when we write non-fiction, the stories are still there. But what makes a story one that keeps the reader engaged? My thought- details. As most of you know, I have researched … Continue reading Details – A Key to the Story

To Live History

This post written and copyrighted by Doris McCraw           What is it like to live history? There are numerous 'towns' and 'ranches' that allow visitors to watch living history. Some of the more famous are Colonial Williamsburg and Plimoth Plantation. In Colorado there is  Rock Ledge Ranch. There are those who … Continue reading To Live History