Design Your Own Life

Spring does strange things to people and I’ve been on a cleansing and purging kick. These deep digs turn up funny things. I found a box of rejection slips from lit journals, anthologies, magazines, and various other publications. It’s like I couldn’t take no for an answer. One “yes” every six months kept me going,…

With Gratitude

We owe a lot to those who gave all so we could live and breathe and pursue happiness in a free country. Remember them and their families who have also sacrificed a great deal. Many men and women have lost their lives defending our constitution, and many continue to serve our country. Do right by…

Seduced by Someday

Talking with a dear friend the other day, catching up on our lives and goals. He’d written a book but lacked the energy or motivation to market. Like many of us, he wanted to step into a readymade career the way we slip on a comfy, winter coat. He longed to hold regular workshops, speaking…

The Beginning is Here

When YeHoVaH brought back those that returned to Zion,We were like unto them that dream.2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter,And our tongue with singing:Then said they among the nations,YeHoVaH has done great things for them.3 Jehovah has done great things for us,Whereof we are glad.4 Turn again our captivity, O YeHoVaH,As the streams in the South.5 They…

Follow the Sun

One dreary grey day, many years ago, I stared out the window from my seat on a delayed flight to New Mexico. To be honest, the weather reflected my mood pretty accurately. In a word: joyless. After everyone boarded and buckled in, the pilot announced our imminent takeoff. Soon we were speeding down the runway….

Satisfy Small Curiosities

The people around us cannot see into the future. If they could, I would have been accepted into every college prep English class I signed up for in high school.

Sneak Preview

Winter is tough, but you’re tougher. Hang on to your hope. Spring and all its glory are just around the corner. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, let brightness cheer you. You’re stronger this year than ever before! It can still be the best year of your life. You were built for greatness!…

Changing Up

Embracing change encourages growth and resilience.

Arise and Shine

Driving home in the hilly country after working a third shift job, James dozed off behind the wheel. His family became alarmed when he hadn’t returned and began calling his job and friends and finally the police. James was found in a ditch, onconscious, barely alive. They rushed him to a hospital where he was…

Bonus Post:Calling All Writers

Normally, I don’t post on a Monday. However, I have good news to share and I couldn’t hang onto until the next post! For my readers who love writing, or those who might be expanding their platforms, need publishing credits, and/or have been wanting to be in a book, but maybe aren’t quite ready to…

Opportunity Trips

You’ve set your goal, eliminated the biggest obstacles, and now you can set the cruise control and coast, right? If only that were true. Just as getting a degree takes a certain level of dedication and sacrifice, so does monitoring your trajectory. You’ll be amazed at how many things want to horn in and take…

See the Forest in the Seeds

Recently, I shared an apple with a six-year-old boy. When I cut the apple into wedges,  a small handful of seeds fell out. My mind went one way, his went another. I wanted to scoop them up and throw them away so his little brother wouldn’t find them and eat them. They have traces of…