Study the Map

We writers often invest our time in quiet pursuits, drawing inspiration from the sights and sounds around us. Birdsong, a change of wind direction and even the occasional bumps in the night–with the emotions surrounding them–can bring an unexpected flash, and even angst, until we “Go, write that down.” On an envelope flap. On the…

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How You Know God’s Still Alive

In just two days from today, our youngest daughter turns 26, on the 26th of April!                                               Happy Birthday, Baby Girl! (Kathryn Nelle “Katie”, pictured far right during her semester in London, with…

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What Guides Your Pen?

  Ever had one of those “Pinch meeee…is this reeeeally happening?” moments? What a profound chapter in a writer’s life, signing your name to each guest’s memoir. My memoirist friend, Kathleen’s husband took my photo that day in October, when “As a Result” was birthed. If you’re a writer, you cherish the times when the “pen” flows…

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Exchanging Gifts

Of all the traditions being passed down from generation to generation, my favorites are telling stories and the exchanging of gifts. Especially at Christmastime. Families share memories of Christmases long ago, like during the 1920’s, during the Depression. Whenever we got to sidle up next to Mom on the rare occasion she’d actually sit for a…

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Recipe for Memoir

  Ingredients:   Vivid memories. Open heart, mind & satisfied soul. Keyboard. Pen & paper   Instructions:   Part One 1. Open memories of childhood: cherished; difficult; meaningful. 2. Measure in healthy portion of learning experiences. 3. Blend in family stories through poetry, essays, and short quips. 4. Sprinkle in references from Dick & Jane reader:…

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Celebrating Progress

If we think we will be happy once we arrive at some elusive goal, we are dangling the proverbial carrot, reaching for a future event that may or may not ever quite materialize. As a writer, I hope to see my new memoir, “As a Result” reach more people next month than it did last…

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November Brings New Blessings!

November brings new blessings for my readers: it has been my goal to get my book into readers’ hands in whatever format suits you best. Today, “As a Result” is now available in ebook, as a Kindle Edition, for only $3.49! You can search for it on Amazon. Here are some earlier thoughts on what the…

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Homecoming Jitters

It was senior year. After the first few weeks of classes, the northern West Virginia outdoors began to feel as if someone left the door open to Alaska. By late September and early October, we adjusted to the continuous rush of cold air, and we began to bundle up in our knitted scarves and warm…

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From Building Sandcastles to Cashing Checks

Our childhood was, at times, a mix of fun and games. Some were captured with a camera, like the gritty fun John and I (with another vacationer) had here. During our annual two-week vacation to Cape Cod, Massachusetts we sometimes tired of building fragile sandcastles that disintegrated as the tide rolled in. Our older brother,…

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September is National Recovery Month

The word recovery can be taken literally or figuratively. Recovery can be the result of finding something you’ve lost, like salvaging relics from a sunken ship. In my case, the recovery process began in 1986, when I was 26. Recovery became a spiritual goal to regain what I’d once feared was lost; a part of…

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