Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Final Firefly

I saw a lone firefly last night Dear creature, why didn’t you make a right when you came to August? You missed your turn for happiness Now your time to burn has come to an end Or can it be … Continue reading

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Tips for Writers: Trust the Story

Experience is the most effective teacher (I learned more Spanish in three days in Barcelona than I did in two years of high school Spanish class). But one of the most interesting things about the human psyche is that we’re … Continue reading

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Part One: Who Knew? Part Two: Made in China Part Three: Miscellaneous Advice ⇔ “Secretly we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.” ~J. K. Rowling

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The Wishing Map 84

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Note: To read The Wishing Map from the beginning, click here. The Wishing Map Chapter Eighteen: Spiffwits and Storysmiths (Continued) Previously: Convinced the only way to escape from Naimian was to teach the naims how…

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Change the Future

“We talk so much about leaving a better planet to our children, that we forget about leaving better children to our planet.”  ~Gerry Burnie “It would be better to have a millstone hung around your neck and be thrown into … Continue reading

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My Scar Stories

I ♥ Vermin (but They Don’t ♥ Me) defines vermin as “small animals that are troublesome to man.” Bunnies, raccoons, foxes, chipmunks…they’re all vermin. But, aww, I mean, just look at ‘em! Heck, I even think rats are cute. … Continue reading

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Harvest Time

“Out of a hundred people, one will read the Bible, and the other ninety-nine will read the Christian.” ~Dwight L. Moody Be what you believe.

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Grace 101

“None of us gets paid according to merit, for none of us comes close to satisfying God’s requirements for a perfect life.”  ~Philip Yancey “We cannot find Him unless we know we need Him.”  ~Thomas Merton “He has shown you, … Continue reading

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Welcome to Falltumn!

The most conflicted season of the year, autumn, a.k.a. fall, begins today in my hemisphere. Although you wouldn’t know it since much of North America is currently experiencing record highs and record lows. But then, it’s the conflicted season. Eventually … Continue reading

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A Calm in the Midst

Some speak of a calm before the storm but there is a calm in the midst of the storm that comes from knowing you are not alone The Western Hemisphere has been struck by a monstrous alphabet of storms. First … Continue reading

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