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D.J. Wilson
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Raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, I graduated from Cumberland University, located in a small town you've never heard just inside Kentucky quite a few years ago.

At present, we're writing and discovering all that makes our country great; it's people, along with their kindness and generosity.

In the last 15 months we have written and published Ride To Redemption and the sequel, Ride To Restoration, publishing late July. Writing has been healing as I remake me into what I want to be when I grow up.

As a published author and blogger, featured on many sites, including the Huffington Post, I have been humbled beyond measure, more times than not, by all that life has thrown our way.

Successful, that's me, catastrophic failure, that's me too. We've been there, done that and have the life changing scars to prove it.

"Life is not waiting for the Storms to Pass, It's Learning to Dance in the Rain."


Stop by my website and say hello.http://www.dalehollowlakelover.com

Entries by D.J. Wilson

Am I an Author or Prostitute... Who Can Rightly Say?

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:50 PM

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Do some authors prostitute themselves to make a living creating stories that sell to the masses, rather than writing "their story" directly from the heart? That is the question of the day and one that I've asked myself repeatedly a thousand times.

There...

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15 Life Lessons a Dad Wishes He Had Learned Earlier

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:01 AM

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"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved." -- Victor Hugo

1. Thus I've learned that happiness is not defined by what we have in our lives, but who we have in our lives. Make sure those you care...

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When Your All is Not Enough

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Not too long ago, after thirty years of blood, sweat equity, tears and prayers, raising a family, building multiple businesses and giving back to my community ten fold, the non-recovering small business economy finally won. Asset after asset in real estate, construction and retail, spiraled downward, slowly at first, occasionally...

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Friends First, Lovers Last... Or Else...

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Friends First... Lovers Last... It's the Little Things...That Will Keep Us Intact


This past Saturday, writing the ending to my latest novel, Ride To Restoration, I had an epiphany. "Life is never black and white when it comes to love and sex. It's emotionally charged, gut...

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Goin' for the Gold in Sochi

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Sochi has suddenly become a word, synonymous with greed, corruption, bribery and total ineptness. Come on guys, what did you expect? It's Russia. Can a leopard change its spots? Can a 40-year-old nymphomaniac, miraculously reclaim her virginity? Can Vladimir Putin suddenly become as pure as the driven snow falling gently...

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It's Time We Rise From the Sunken Couch

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Whether you've been unemployed, one week, one month, one year or even longer, it's time to rise from the sunken couch you've resigned yourself to and engage the world around you, beginning with your neighbors just beyond the front door. You have talents worth exercising, gifts worth giving and priceless...

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Beginning in 2014, You Can 'Take It With You'

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 8:34 AM

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Thankfully, 2013 is behind us and 2014 has enveloped us right smack into the middle of the here and now. May I indulge all of you for a few moments who are glad to see 2013 fading quickly from sight...

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Nailed Through the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 3:21 PM

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After enduring twenty-five plus years of a once thriving relationship, that eventually brought out the worst in me, I find myself sitting quietly, introspectively reflecting on my life from the inside, rather than compulsively reacting to the outside, caustic stimulus, I once defined...

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Monumental Setbacks = + - Monumental Comebacks

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Have you faced at some point in the course of your life, a V8 moment, where you suddenly find yourself in the throes of a monumental setback, aka, gut wrenching, cookie tossing, catastrophic failure and wondered what the heck happened?

If you have or are now in the midst of...

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Woo Hoo's Rule

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 8:27 PM

Since the beginning of time, she who has the woo hoo has always made the rules. Reflecting retrospectively over the last thirty years, I've come to realize the absolute power wielded by the receptive woo hoo; as well as the subtle empowerment of men, when graciously received, albeit through continuous...

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Dear America: Join Me in Hilariously Performing a Random Act of Kindness Today

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:52 PM

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Giving. It's who we are, America. Giving. It's what makes us great. Today, I encourage each of you to bring this gift -- of giving a random act of kindness -- home. Home to our families, home to our friends, home to our neighbors,...

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A Prayer to Turn Life's Disaster's Into Destiny

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 1:01 AM

Dear Father who art in Heaven, in Earth, in all things, Blessed be Thy Holy and Righteous Name, All around me the world as I have known it, is collapsing. Our dreams to make another difference in this world are in danger of becoming just another foolish person's whimsical thoughts.

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Broken People Apply Here

(29) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 1:04 PM

Brokenness

If you've not been beat up, downcast and broken at some point in your life, stop reading now. For the unscarred and unscathed, I have nothing further to share. I am thankful you have ventured here and wish you continued smooth sailing.

Now for those who are still...

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Personal Choices: You Choose. Life Lessons From An Iron, Circa 1900

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 6:29 AM

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I stumbled upon a miniature iron while looking for old pictures a few days ago. The following words, written in my mom's distinctive handwriting, were taped to the bottom: Given by Billy Johnson, my father, to Effie, his baby sister, in 1900. Tears came...

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Dear America, Join Me in Writing a Letter From the Heart

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 7:03 PM

I had a most humbling conversation yesterday with a vivacious, 17-year-old young lady named Victoria. In discussions of homework, careers and her future opportunities, we somehow managed to cross into an abyss of sorts and completely unknown to her: letters. It seems that over the past 17 years of her...

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To Erase Regret, Remove the Screen, Says the Cat

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 11:17 AM

I was "blessed" to spend the last three days with a "precious" brother and sister pair of kittens, to determine, per my sister, if I am still allergic to cats. This being her latest Christmas wish and present to us, she hopes to incorporate them into our household, alongside Major,...

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From Childhood to Manhood, You're 18 Years Old Today

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 7:44 AM

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Good Morning Son,

Today is your 18th birthday. In the eyes of the world, you have now crossed the threshold from youth to manhood.

Through your intense brown eyes, you have experienced the ultimate joys of happiness and felt the excruciating pain of...

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You Can Get Through Anything, If You Know Who Is In Charge

(50) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 9:27 AM

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These words of prophetic wisdom were delivered, last week, to me at the very height of my own crisis, from a very close friend and mentor, a spiritual warrior, who, as of late, has endured many valleys of his own, yet still continues on...

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Better to Walk With Friends Who Limp Than Count on Friends Who Have Never Limped at All

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 7:16 AM

"Those who limp are those who have been knocked down, beat up and learned from the experience, and got up a better person for the experience. Those who have not been through such experiences are walking time bombs who do not realize that it can or will ever happen to...

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Rejection Will Destroy Us, Like a Moth Repeatedly Drawn Into the Flames

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 12:51 PM

Rejection hurts, separates and divides us, be it from one instance or a thousand. Children and careers catapult us into a world unduly pressed for time where I've heard time and time again "Our wants and needs don't hurt us." In truth, as I came to realize long ago, by...

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