Building on Firm Foundations

My husband and I visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina last weekend. Although we have been many times before, I am always amazed by house—the size and scope, building materials, architectural elements, and the massive foundation. Construction of the house took six years and involved roughly a thousand workers, including local crews and […]

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

*[Thank you, faithful readers! This week marks the third anniversary of the Forward Motion blog. When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure I could create a new post every week for even a year, but I knew I wanted the words to be meaningful and speak to readers. Hopefully, I have, and will continue […]

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Guarding Against Deception

When I was a young child, during a season of heavy rain, the large creek behind our house, overflowed its banks. I remember my father placing a stake in the backyard to mark the edge of the water. Then, several times a day, he marked the water level on the stake. Eventually, the water level […]

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Knowing When to Change Course

Last weekend, my husband and I visited the H. L. Hunley museum in Charleston, South Carolina. For those of you not versed in Civil War history, Hunley was the first combat submarine. We were presented with a number of interesting facts during the tour. Many proved wrong my knowledge about the Hunley, including learning that […]

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5 Keys to Moving Beyond Rejection

As a writer, I’m familiar with rejection. Not every article I pitch, book idea I propose, or conference workshop I submit is accepted. When rejections come, I have the option of accepting them, re-evaluating the ideas, making necessary changes, and finding other markets, or I can react with anger and take rejection personally. Whether a […]

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Handling Seasons of Change

This week heralds the beginning of fall, but, here in the south, the weather hasn’t gotten the word. Although the nights tease with temperatures in the 60s, days top the charts in the 90s. Personally, I have enjoyed the sun-filled days and extra time to swim before putting a lid on the pool for the […]

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Overcoming Negative Cheerleaders

When I was a child, we attended the high school football games where my father was once a football star. Not only did we have season tickets for the home games, we traveled to all the away games as well. I didn’t really understand the game so my attention was often drawn to the cheerleaders. […]

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