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A Very Loud Silent Message
I went for a walk today, alone and social distancing, while I listened to music. It was an amazing, warm, sunny day, and the song Living Hope by Phil Wickham came on at the same time I saw a man with 5 little girls dressed in bright colors, all twirling around and laughing (the girls,… Continue reading A Very Loud Silent Message
Lessons Learned in 2019
2019 was a challenging year in many aspects, but the lessons learned make everything a gift. Top lessons learned in 2019: Insecurity, lack of confidence, anger, resentment, and impatience are by-products of fear. Fear robs us of any kind of peace and contentment. Others' behaviors and criticisms can only affect us if we let them.… Continue reading Lessons Learned in 2019
Happy New Year!
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. -Edith Lovejoy Pierce We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be… Continue reading Happy New Year!
So Much to be Grateful For
Every year at work I create a gratitude poster. I hang it in the breakroom, provide a couple of Sharpie markers, and send out the expected office-wide email. I say "expected office-wide email" because I've been doing this for 10+ years. I work at a District Attorney's Office so we see a lot of heartbreaking,… Continue reading So Much to be Grateful For
NaNoWriMo Week Two is Well Underway
NaNoWri is well underway and I’m keeping up. Barely, but I am. Typically I like to get ahead during the first week so I have some fudge room. Not so this month. In fact I got behind and took the weekend to catch up. I set aside a day at our place in the mountains,… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Week Two is Well Underway
Don’t Forget to Press Pause
The human race seems so busy "doing" that we forget to just "be." Never hesitate to press the pause button on the busy-ness of life and enjoy simply being with your loved ones. Doing life with others brings incredible joy. ― Karen Ehman,
NaNo No-No's--try say that fast three times! Last week I listed some must-have's for NaNoWriMo participants. This week I'm sharing a couple of things you'd do well to steer clear of and a couple of tips. Stop your inner critic and editor. They seem to be persistent little buggers during NaNoWriMo, and they're exactly what… Continue reading NaNo No-No’s
The Magic of Nature
Some more of nature's beauty. As you've probably been able to tell by now, I absolutely love sunrises and sunsets. God's love language to His children. There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them. ― Jo Walton And the yellow sunflower by the… Continue reading The Magic of Nature
The Lure of Bookstores
Anyone remember B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, or Borders? If you're a writer, you likely remember all of them well. To authors, brick and mortar bookstores are the equivalent of water to a river. We all dream of having our books holding space on the shelves. Even before I began to take my writing seriously, I spent… Continue reading The Lure of Bookstores