The Gift of Community

Every time I attend, or teach, at a writing conference, I am reminded of the power of community. The interaction, learning, camaraderie, encouragement, and support inspire and propel forward motion. But community isn’t limited to writers. Faith-based, creative, work-related, local, regional, and family-oriented communities enrich our lives.   Following are some of the gifts of […]

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Expect Good

This week I am at a writing conference. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to it. Last month was one of ups and downs, challenges on top of challenges, and lots of stress and physical exhaustion. Thoughts of a week of a fast-paced conference schedule at a mountainside retreat center only added to my level of […]

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5 Keys to Working Through Distractions

As I type this post, I’m distracted. The last few months have been filled with emergent situations, plans that go awry, and fatigue. Add to that mass shootings, soaring gas prices, monkey pox, and a resurgence of COVID and distractions multiply exponentially. Life is filled with the unexpected. Learning to overcome distractions, and maintain forward […]

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Serving as a Caregiver

Caregiving comes in various forms and different levels. Perhaps you provide care for a friend, spouse, sibling, child, or aging family member. Your support role may last a few weeks or years. Your ascent to caregiving may involve a slow climb or be thrust upon you suddenly via an emergent situation. Regardless of how caregiving […]

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Life Changes

Recently, my husband retired. Over the years, we discussed his retiring at this time, but ultimately, the decision came with mixed emotions. He has so identified with his work as an architect that retiring feels like closing a major life chapter. Yet, he is ready for less stress and a slower pace. As with most […]

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The Value of Connections

I just returned from teaching at the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference. This was the first in-person conference in two years. In addition to teaching, learning was a big part of the experience. Even greater than knowledge gained, were the connections made with other writers, editors, and agents. I met several first-time attendees […]

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Life Lessons from the T-Ball Field

This spring we’ve enjoyed watching our four-year-old grandson play T-ball. Observing four-year-olds bat, tackle the ball, fight over it, forget to throw to base, play in the dirt instead of watching the batter, cry, pout, and announce “I’m done” halfway through the game has been fun and entertaining. As I watched these little ones, several […]

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Birthday Reflections

This week, I hit a significant number on the birthday scale. I won’t reveal which number, but it is synonymous with a change in healthcare coverage. As I ponder my age, and the years that got me to this point, the following come to mind: History I am thankful for the family of which I […]

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And … Suddenly We Have a Problem

In recent days, we’ve had one of those unexpected problems no one wants to deal with—an overflowing toilet. And, of course, this fiasco happened on a weekend, so no help from a plumber until Monday. I’ll spare the graphic details but suffice to say sopping up potty overflow is an unwanted and unpleasant job. Do […]

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When You Need a Break

Recently, someone told me I looked tired. While I’m sure the person spoke from concern, having someone say you look tired doesn’t do much for self-esteem and leaves you feeling as if you failed in some way. My response, “I never really get a break. My life is constant duties and deadlines.” Many can identify. […]

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