Monthly Archives: August 2021

Confessions of an 8-Year-Old Prankster

Photo credit: The Lady My Real Memoir One of the advantages of living on a busy street (ours was the main route through the neighborhood) is that there’s a never-ending supply of drivers in need of something to liven up … Continue reading

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Mercy Is Strength in Disguise

Thought for the Week Our current culture loves to point out people’s failings. It makes us feel strong, righteous. But how often do we really know why others act–or fail to act–the way they do? Before we ridicule or punish … Continue reading

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Photo by Ante Gudelj “Love, real love, is the ultimate antidote for self-delusion.” ~from The Wishing Map ♥

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The Wishing Map is Coming!

Concept art created for the Walt Disney series. Introduction Seven years ago, when my blog site was new, I published a complete fantasy novel The Wishing Map here online at The Power of Story. It was received with great enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Faces, Faces Everywhere!

Is anything more human than to see shapes, especially faces, in nature, in everyday objects, in shadows? They fascinate us, amuse us, and occasionally scare us. Why? Because, well, we’re human. Click on any image to enlarge it, to read … Continue reading

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Light Strikes My Darkened Heart

Photo by Hernan Pauccara When I was a young man, I began searching for the meaning of life. Along the way, I wrote a travel journal, a mix of prose and poetry, and labelled it Fool’s Odyssey. I’d returned home empty-handed. … Continue reading

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A Confession on My 25th Year of Teaching

Originally posted on K E Garland:
Twenty-five years ago, I began my career in education as an English teacher. However, I didn’t enter the profession out of a profound sense of passion. Here’s what happened: I began undergrad as a…

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The Tunnel of Doom

Source: My Real Memoir When you’re eight, there are limits as to how far you’re allowed wander. In fact, “Don’t go past such-and-such street” was an annoyingly familiar refrain. And for the most part (except for that time I … Continue reading

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Commitment Takes Courage

Photo by Andre Gaulin “Have you ever committed yourself to something without realizing it would permanently alter the course of your life?” ~The Wishing Map Thought for the Week Planning is making a list of ‘Things to do at the … Continue reading

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Why We Need to Believe “In” Him

Image courtesy of One night many years ago, I ran into a young woman “witnessing” on a street corner. She told me Jesus loved me, but that I needed “to believe in Him in order to be saved.” I … Continue reading

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