Tackling Back-Burnered Projects

  I’ve noticed I don’t have the drive I once did for completing projects. Whether a craft, home-improvement, or writing project, forward motion often lags and procrastination wins. I seem to have no problem gathering supplies or information, but then distraction or laziness or lack of enthusiasm throws a monkey wrench into the actual implementation. […]

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Finding Your Fit

I just returned from a conference in New York City. While I learned a lot, was presented with some excellent opportunities, and enjoyed the experience, it didn’t take much of all-night noise, bustling crowds, loud voices, honking horns, sirens, and words that came at me faster than my southern ears could process to know New […]

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Be Who You Are

As a writer, I’ve learned to expect critique and editing of my writing. At times, I don’t agree with the comments or the edits, but I try to take a step back, get an overview of my words from the editor’s perspective, and be receptive to the editor’s changes. Often, the edits improve my work, […]

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Life’s Little Surprises

Recently, I celebrated a new-decade birthday. I happily assumed successful navigation into this next tens bracket with a low-key family dinner and a minimum of fanfare. When my daughter called a few days later and suggested getting together for casual dinner at a local restaurant, I didn’t think the invitation was anything unusual. She met […]

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Treading into Deep Water

When I was a child, my uncle had an in-ground swimming pool. At the time, this was somewhat of a novelty. I had taken swimming lessons and was confident swimming in the shallow end of the pool, but was afraid to venture beyond the line that separated shallow and deep water. I watched my cousins […]

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Detaching from Distractions

Recently, I arrived at the gym for my usual morning workout and realized I didn’t have my phone. I changed my normal routine that morning, and instead of going straight to the gym, I searched the house for something I needed later in the day. When I realized I was phone-less, I thought about going […]

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A Breath of Spring

I love spring, that time of year when a dull, bleak landscape puts on a new outfit. Bareness gives way to an almost imperceptible green. Daffodils show sunny faces among brittle leaves. The dead-looking sticks of the hydrangea bush are suddenly dotted with specks of growth. Birds chirp a tune—a one-note drone alternating with a […]

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Weathering the Storms

Storms are a common occurrence in the south. A blue sky suddenly grays, darkens to black, and produces a storm that includes thunder, lightning, and high winds.  Often the storm is over in a half hour or less. The sun reappears and there is “enough blue sky to make a cat a pair of kitten […]

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Growing in a March Season of Life

Although this week officially ushers in spring, we’ve experienced spring-like weather for weeks here in South Carolina. Our climate often mirrors the phrase, “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes,” because frequently spring temperatures span a 50 degree range within a few hours. But there is one thing I’m reminded of every year: […]

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