Articles, Essays, Other Nonfiction: How-to, Self-help, Parenting & Families, Food & Drink
Linda Davis-Kyle, MA in English, has been published in a dozen countries on five continents. Professional journals such as Modern Drama in Canada, Literary Sketches, Bulletin of Bibliography, and Professional Counselor Magazine in the United States, Notes & Queries in the United Kingdom, Caritas in Ireland, and Studies in English Literature in Japan have welcomed her writing.
Periodicals such as Vitality in Canada, Martial Arts Training and Natural Pet in the USA, Balance Fitness and Green Farm Natural Health in the United Kingdom, The News in the Netherlands Antilles, Golden Falcon in Bahrain, Oryx in Qatar, Star Magazine in Bangladesh, World Travel Magazine in Australia, and Healthy Options in New Zealand have given voice to her work, as well. She also was an active book reviewer for Midwest Book Review and Pathways for several years.
Davis-Kyle’s passion to write focuses on natural health and fitness of body, mind, and spirit. She also works to foster critical thinking in pre-teens, teens, and beyond teens to read widely, research deeply, and form logical conclusions about today’s world. Her writings champion not only dedicated educators, writing coaches, tutors, and home schoolers but also applaud devoted parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, and foster parents who are pinch hitting as teachers at home, in class, or online.
With her e-book Getting Teens to Write: Writing for Real Davis-Kyle highlights four successful writers who began writing on topics of great concern to them during their pre-teens. The ebook urges multitudes of young and mature researchers and writers of today, all around the world, to follow in the footsteps of these four exemplars and write about their own most serious concerns to inform society. A tiny, but mighty, portion of the ebook praises the tremendously impressive benefits that regenerative farming and ranching provide. Eliminating tilling, protecting the soil armor and its vibrant life, planting biodiverse crops, maintaining healthy cover crops, and integrating compatible livestock are a mere handful of the stellar principles that foster plant, animal, and human life. Vast numbers of writers can serve as grand stewards and write to protect the rights and freedoms of our noble farmers and ranchers globally. The ebook also reminds of the most powerful connection to life and focuses on keeping body, mind, and spirit healthy. The text overflows with writing prompts to help aspiring writers find what concerns them most so that they, too, can work their writing magic just as the four exemplary writers highlighted demonstrated with great passion.
More from Linda
I marvel at the world of wonderful short story writers, novelists, and playwrights. I appreciate their tenacity and their talent to create characters, breathe life into them, place them into unforgettable settings, and challenge their characters with untold obstacles. Whether entertaining or teaching their readers through their characters, I stand in awe of their genius. On the other hand, I am a mere writing exercise coach, editor, and tutor. Nevertheless, I love writing.
Works in Progress
Title: Writing about Your Pets #2: Questions & Prompts for ‘Tweens, Teens & Beyond
Current Word Count: 5,692
If you are searching for unusual writing exercises that will help you focus on details, enhance your perspective, transform your writing to bring it to life, then keep reading, especially if you also have a cherished exotic pet bird, reptile, amphibian, or fish.
If your household is one of the 5.7 million that adopts colorful birds and you are an aspiring writer, then your unique observations of your birds may supply a treasure chest of ideas for stories. Plus, you may love sharing your knowledge through practical articles about caring for birds to inform others. Similarly, if your home is one of the 4.5 million that finds a place for reptiles and you yearn to write but have had no one to believe in you, then you, like the bird lovers, also have an abundance of writing exercises at your fingertips plus encouraging words.
Writing about Your Pets #2 will help you see your pets in a whole new light and help to boost your writing skills with intriguing questions and fun writing prompts.
Statistical accounts seem to ignore amphibians. This ebook, though, will help you write about the endearing characteristics of your amphibians. What you observe and write about amphibians may win hearts and minds to appreciate them just as you do.
Freshwater fish are favorite animals of 11.5 million households in the United States outranking birds that 5.7 million homes favor and saltwater fish that 1.6 million families admire.
Whatever your choice of more exotic, but legal, pets—birds, reptiles, amphibians, or fish—if you want to polish your writing talent in a fun way, then Writing about Your Pets #2 just may be the encouraging voice that helps you finally to make your writing sparkle.
Title: Writing about Your Pets #1: Questions & Prompts for ’Tweens, Teens & Beyond
Current Word Count: 20,885
Status: Nearing Completion
We may believe that we are doing our domesticated animal buddies a grand favor by sharing our homes and our lavish meadows with them and feeding them the finest species appropriate foods. Yet, studies reveal that we benefit from our friendships with our animals, as well. Our pets enhance our own emotional, physical, and spiritual well being. They raise our spirits, boost our immune systems, and make us exercise more. They also make us laugh, and they reduce our stress levels.
Our pets even teach us two of the most significant lessons of life—to love unconditionally and to live in the moment. If we treat our pets well, then we, almost always, are guaranteed of their unconditional love. When they demonstrate living in the moment, if we take their lessons to heart, then we will not be regretful about yesterday; and we will not be fretful about tomorrow. Indeed, we will be grateful to relish the moment.
Madalyn Ward, DVM, author of Horse Harmony and the revered designer of an exclusive classification system to match personality traits of horses with those of their human companions, says, “… Writing is a powerful skill to develop. Our pets have such a special place in our hearts that it makes perfect sense to turn to them for inspiration and encouragement. I am sure they love being honored in this way.”
Again and again, wordsmiths who hold dear their pets and appreciate their lessons will realize a wealth of ideas for essays, stories, plays, films, novels, and nonfiction books. Writing about Your Pets #1: Questions & Prompts for ’Tweens, Teens & Beyond will help aspiring writers to get started.
Title: Getting Teens to Write: Writing for Real
Published: November 12, 2022
Numerous university professors lament that their students “simply cannot write.” Such words echo the sentiment of David McCullough, twice Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Homeschoolers and other educators who use Getting Ready to Write know of his concern that “half of the incoming freshmen at our business schools … all college graduates are now being required to take a basic course in writing because they cannot write a presentable letter or report or proposal….” He called the situation “a serious national problem.”
On a positive note, though, McCullough said, “If you can educate someone to be able to express themselves on paper or on their feet, then you have given them something that will be of infinite value not just to themselves but to the whole society … for the rest of their lives.” Helping students polish their writing skills is the worthy goal interwoven inextricably in Getting Ready to Write: Reviewing English Grammar and in its descendant Getting Teens to Write: Writing for Real.
A perpetual whirlwind of distractions globally torment many astute writers—pre-teen, teen, and those beyond their teen years. Many are becoming keenly aware that they must write to help bring some logic to this world. Consequently, more and more eager writers, who read widely, research deeply, uncover untold information, and think critically, feel compelled to write. Some feverishly write about the supreme need to hold all companies and their founders and the representatives of all industries and their entwining and far-reaching tentacles fully accountable for all claims they make for their products and their services.
When writing for real, especially when it is a matter of life or death, these fervent writers will recognize that to inform their peers and others, they must pack a powerful punch. Consequently, they will strive to use correct grammar basics, reliable parts of speech, and proper mechanics. Networks of ’tween, teen, and writers beyond their teens around the world will unite to expose the overreaching control mechanisms perpetrated upon society.
Getting Teens to Write: Writing for Real will help writers get on track and stay on task to help them exercise their right to write. Salient writing prompts include topics such as the birth of digital currency, a cashless society, implanted digital IDs, CGI imitations, deep fakes, the Stockholm syndrome, stratospheric aerosol injection, weather warfare, crop dusting, GEs, GMOs, mutual assured destruction, the interminable implementation of the Hegelian Dialectic, the disruptions to natural, wholesome food supplies, the destruction of plants in the meadows and herds in the fields, fowl in the skies, and aquatic life in the seas.
While the ebook communicates primarily with eager writers, Getting Teens to Write also urges educators, writing coaches, homeschoolers, and parents everywhere to invite each and every student to read widely, to think critically, and to write passionately to inform others emphatically. When motivated and emboldened, writers will polish their writing to share their brightest ideas and strongest solutions; and they will help society today and humanity tomorrow.
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Title: Getting Ready to Write: Reviewing English Grammar
Published: March 28, 2021
This colorfully illustrated e-book shares a useful, but fun, way to help pre-teens, teens, and beyond teens review grammar, mechanics, and writing basics. It shows beginning writers nine facets of writing they can control to strengthen their courage to write. It also fosters a “Never give up attitude” to help wordsmiths stay on track.
Getting Ready to Write will help students
• Plan for their successful writing
• Access fun, colorful writing Mind Maps
• Polish their writing skills
• Discover secrets to unlock their incredible potential
Even though other systems may have abandoned eager writers, this e-book will secure their confidence and sustain their persistence. When wordsmiths are comfortably conversant with English grammar—the parts of speech, their definitions, and their cooperative roles—happily control the mechanics of capitalizations, punctuation, and contractions, and also spell with attention, they will write with greater assurance.
Getting Ready to Write is a treasure of supplemental ideas for educators, writing coaches, and homeschoolers to add to their own lesson plans to instruct students at home, in class, or online.The activities and exercises also will be handy for parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, and mentors who are tasked to teach.
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Title: Teaching English to Children
This e-book is brimming with fun English language activities and exercises for pre-teens. It is an ambitious reserve of multi-purpose, multi-sensory, multi-faceted, multi-level activities, role-playing sessions, and idea-enhancing lessons. When instructors need a few additional activities to round out a project, this e-book will rescue them. Not only educators, home schoolers, writing coaches, and tutors, but also parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, and mentors, who now are doubling as teachers, will embrace the joy this e-book shares. Plus, it will make learning fun for children, empower them to reach for their goals, and help them to repel negative thoughts and rebuff fears.
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Title: Good Food Recipes for Your Kids to Make with Your Help
Published: August 22, 2017 [Revised 2020]
This colorfully illustrated e-book encourages families to engage youngsters in helping choose and prepare Mother Nature’s finest organic foods to create healthy eating habits early. It gives commonsense ideas to keep children healthy and trim. It encourages its users not only to read about organic foods but also to view movies on this important topic. In addition, it celebrates more than 100 websites worldwide dedicated to protecting the integrity of our organic foods.
Jonathan Landsman, NaturalHealth365.com, “highly recommends this book for every parent and health care provider concerned about health.”
C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO, International Institute of Holistic Medicine, believes that “Now is the time to read and heed the great advice in this essential book.”
It pleases Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of the bestseller From Fatigued to Fantastic, to find that “Joy is a key life-enhancing aspect of eating that resonates throughout Good Food Recipes.”
As a parent, grandparent, adoptive parent, foster parent, caregiver, or babysitter you cultivate essential health-giving habits for your toddlers, young children, and teens when you choose to use and share Good Food Recipes for Your Kids to Make with Your Help.
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Title: Fun Foods for Kids & Grownups: Your essential guide to family fun & good health
Published: 2003 [revised 2005]
Fun Foods for Kids & Grownups introduces smart-start recipes. Toddlers and pre-schoolers are delighted with fresh Fun Fruit Natural Wonders such as the “Grapefruit and Orange Sun” and the “Pear Volcano.” Encouraging young ones to imagine adventures using recipes such as “Broccoli Steamboats” or “Veggie Sailboats” made from garden fresh vegetables will make every day a celebration of good health for families.
Recognizing the worthy goal of this book, Ira M. Sacker, MD, who specializes in helping those with eating disorders and author of the bestselling Dying to Be Thin, calls Fun Foods for Kids & Grownups “a well-written, informative, and fun-to-read book for all of us—parents, nutritionists, and families.” Likewise, Michael Janson, MD, Founder of the Center for Preventive Medicine on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, says this food book “can be your best friend” to use “in joy and in good health.”
The book is not extreme. It offers some foods that already may be family favorites. It is a step one or and easy glide book that invites youngsters, at least, to try some new fare in a new way. The adventure foods are not intended to trick or bribe. The illustrations that suggest adventures simply invite at least a nibble with the hope that children will see that healthy choices can be fun.
In addition, Linda Davis-Kyle and William Meikle, Scottish author of Operation Antarctica and more than 20 other sci-fi novels and more than 300 short stories published in 13 countries, introduce the exotic origin of the Fun Food recipes in “Adventures in Abunda Gardens.” Davis-Kyle and Meikle encourage parents and other caring adults to enjoy reading for a while with their precious youngsters each and every day. This extra component of encouraging reading very well may be the reason that—at the time of publication—George B. Kauffman, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, California State University Fresno, called this little print book “a godsend for busy, caring parents, caregivers, and others” who wish to convey to their children a healthy attitude toward good food and a healthy association with learning.
Title: Change Your Life with Martial Arts: Your essential introduction to the martial arts
Change Your Life with Martial Arts previews a sampling of the numerous systems of the martial arts and their renowned creators. It discusses the “rich histories, the cultural influences, and the profound philosophies rooted in the martial arts.” It furnishes insight when you may be overwhelmed by the vast number of different styles and schools of martial arts. It enumerates the rewards of the martial arts and helps those who wish to learn martial arts to focus on the style that suits them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The author offers an honest guide to help you, as a parent to discover the best, most compatible dojo for your children.
Likewise, for adults, interested in pursuing the martial arts, it helps you to know what to ask when interviewing the leaders to learn their true attitudes and motives. The text is overflowing with suggested reading materials, even some martial arts directories, federations, and associations in vogue at the time of its publication. Even those can guide you years later as you wish to compare those with the new ones that have come since. Plus, if you are an ardent martial artist and a student who loves history, its useful index just may endear you to keep the book on your desk as a useful reference.
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Title: The Writer’s Friend: Behind the Scenes with Editors
Published: March 1, 2000
The Writer’s Friend shares observations, impressions, suggestions, and admonitions from 40 hardworking editors worldwide to help writers—published and unpublished—get a handle on what ticks off editors and what makes editors tick. Together, Davis-Kyle and Nancy McAlary, a Canadian/Australian author of short stories and romance, depict “A Day in the Life of an Editor” to put you into the shoes of an editor to help you have more understanding of the stresses editors endure and the demands their hectic schedules impose.
The book also includes “Finding out about Editors, Employment Agencies, and Technical Writers,” a chapter by Joseph Gregg, a successful investment director, talented artist, and the author of Write Your Way to Riches.
Finally, The Writer’s Friend collects the leading questions interwoven throughout the book and presents them in a tidy appendix for a user-friendly review. In addition, it provides a convenient index, an absolute must for any nonfiction print book that wants to win the hearts of its readers. This compact book with its 20 power-packed chapters truly can be a “writer’s friend” for some years to come because a great many of its aspects are basics forever even as the future rushes in with its copious changes in many areas of life.
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A Selection of Articles
“Finding Solutions to a Serious National Problem” ♦ American Dyslexia Association, Apr 9, 2021. USA
“Sawing through Discrimination against Dyslexics” ♦ American Dyslexia Association, May 8, 2019. USA
“Looking at Both Sides of Bullying” ♦ usadojo.com, Jul 15, 2016. USA
“Choosing the Best Martial Arts School for Your Children and You” ♦ usadojo.com, May 2, 2016. USA
“How to Inspire Students to Write” ♦ American Dyslexia Association, Jul 2, 2015. USA
“Exploring ‘Treasure Storehouses’ of the World” ♦ American Dyslexia Association, October 1, 2011. USA
“Insidious Insomnia: sleuthing for solutions” ♦ Healthy Options (Jul 2006), Tauranga, New Zealand
“Food Cravings: causes and curbs” Healthy Options (Aug 2005). Tauranga, New Zealand.
“Staying Light on Your Feet” Oryx Qatar Airways Inflight Magazine (Jul-Aug 2000), Qatar.
“Super Heroes & Super Models” Professional Counselor Magazine (Dec 1999). Deerfield Beach, FL, USA
“Handling the Goods” Link (Nov/Dec 1999). Brisbane, Australia
“Can a Sparkling Smile Protect Your Heart?” Golden Falcon (Sep 1999). Manama, Bahrain
“Alternative Treatments for Addictions” Professional Counselor Magazine (Aug 1999). Deerfield Beach, FL, USA
“Easy, Effortless Exercises” WellBeing (1999). North Sydney, NSW, Australia
“One-On-One with Michael Levine” Professional Counselor Magazine (Apr 1999). Deerfield Beach, FL, USA
“Your key to a youthful look” Golden Falcon (Mar 1999). Manama, Bahrain
“20 Tips for Terrific Travels with Your Tots” World Travel Magazine (Jun 1998). Manly, NSW, Australia
“Fathers—Heroes to Their Daughters” Home Times (May 1998). West Palm Beach, FL, USA
“A Christmas to Remember” ♦ Home Times, Dec 1997. USA [Short Story]
“Capturing that Elusive Go-Ahead” ♦ Canadian Writer’s Directory, Jan 1992. Victoria, BC, Canada
“A Promising Breakthrough in Glaucoma Treatment” ♦ Star Magazine (Oct 17, 1997). Dhaka, Bangladesh
“Parallel Tracks? Laws of Kashrut, Science, and Government” ♦ Jewish Affairs (Summer 1997). Johannesburg, South Africa
“Linus Pauling—still going strong at 91” ♦ The News (Wednesday, March 25, 1992), 8. First printing. Netherlands Antilles.
“Fatal Subtraction” Martial Arts Training (Nov 1990). USA
“Keeping Your Legs Healthy and Beautiful” Bronze Thrills (Oct 1990). USA
“Roger J. Williams and the Doctrine of Nutrition” ♦ Literary Sketches, XXIX, No. 11 (Nov 1989). USA
“The Salamander and the Lizard” ♦ Children’s Playmate, 59, No. 2 (June/July 1987). USA [Poem]
“Eugène Ionesco: A Selective Bibliography, 1974-1978” ♦ Bulletin of Bibliography, 37, No. 4 (Oct-Dec 1980). USA
“Milton’s Eden: Cyclical Amplification of Spenser’s Gardens” ♦ Studies in English Literature (Sep 1978). Japan
“Amelia by Henry Fielding: A Selective Bibliography” ♦ Notes & Queries (1977). England
“The Grotesque in Amédée or How to Get Rid of It” ♦ Modern Drama, XIX, No. 3 (Sep 1976). Canada