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CCF Bulletin 6:3
by Olgy Gary, Volume 6, Issue 3
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In this issue: Writing entries on topics from Memorial and Earth Day to nutrition and spiders; an update on Barrington Irving, the youngest person ever to fly solo around the globe; Musings on Memorial Day from an Army mom; an invitation to watch an upcoming Lifetime original movie addressing ageism within the writing field; a look at how audiobooks may help children; and a link to the company where CCF gets the animations it uses on the CCF site.


  • Contests
    • CCF Writer: Online contest entries - We've received and posted a good number of wonderful stories. Not all stories we receive are posted. Visit the CCF Contest Entries page to read our past winning entries. Next deadline is June 10th and the "first line" is all about Memorial Day!
  • Awards: We've updated several award categories with this year's winners.
  • Children:
    • Barrington IrvingInspiration = Barrington Irving - On March 23rd, at 10:30 a.m. EDT, "Barrington Irving, a 23-year old senior majoring in aerospace at Florida Memorial University, traded his cap and gown for a brown flight suit, climbed into a single-engine plane he calls "Inspiration," and embarked on a round the world flight that will make him the first person of African descent and the youngest person ever to fly solo around the globe." [World Flight Adventure]
  • Parents:
    • Memorial Day Musings - A teacher and parent of an American soldier reminisces on what Memorial Day means to her and asks, "regardless of your faith in God, or lack of it; or your personal beliefs about this war, please remember the Americans who unselfishly gave the ultimate sacrifice."
  • Writing
    • -  Attorney Pamela Parker has launched a blog called Copyright Talk. The blog is intended for writers, musicians, and others who own or who are impacted by copyright laws.
    • Kirstie AlleyWrite & Wrong: The movie -  On June 3, 2007, the Lifetime channel premiers Write & Wrong, a Lifetime original movie that addresses ageism in the writing field. Kirstie Alley stars as an almost 50 year old writer who discovers that Hollywood, "is not interested in what a maturing wordsmith has to say." She enlists the help of her 20-something nephew and the plan is for her to write the scripts and for him to pitch and sell them.
    • Ten Tips for choosing a good domain name - What makes a good domain name? Well, it's a subjective issue, of course, but here are ten tips to point you in the right direction.
  • Education
    • Are Audiobooks Cheating our Children? - What are your thoughts on using audiobooks with kids? We'd love to hear from you: Read the article and share your opinions and experiences with audiobooks by writing to us via our contact form.
    • Eyes and Ears Understand Differently - A study by Carnegie Mellon University scientists shows that because of the way the brain works, we understand spoken and written language differently, something that has potential implications in the workplace and in education, among many other areas.  
    • animated gif of the word "great" with a pulsating star in itGreat activities for children from - When we discover what we consider to be great resources parents, teachers and educators can use to build into children's lives the love of learning we like to share them with CCF site visitors. is one such resource and Zack Johnston is the educator who's put it together.
  • Bestsellers:
  • Donations: We've added vendors to those CCF is already affiliated with. If you go to these vendors' site from the links in the CCF site and purchase anything from them, they will donate a referral fee back to CCF.
    • 400,000 - We've looked and looked for royalty-free clip art and animated gifs we could use on the CCF site and also on the powerpoint presentations we put together and we think the folks at Animation Factory are just about the best. We absolutely LOVE them!!!

REVISIT OLD FRIENDS: Some of our favorite articles posted over the years.

  • bird typing at a computerCCF Writer: An online writing contest - An online writing contest for both published and yet-to-be-published writers of all ages. You must use the "first line" we provide to write your story. Next deadline is June 10th and the "first line" is all about Memorial Day!

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All for now,

Olgy Gary, M.A., CCF's General Manager
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