Monthly Archives: September 2022

50 Adorably Quirky Images

Because, well, just because. Have a great weekend! Click on any image to enlarge it, or to begin slide show.

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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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Celebrating Our Autumns

Originally posted on Russellings of the Spirit:
Here where I live in northern Colorado USA, the seasons are beginning to change. Summer is graciously bowing to receive her well-earned accolades while fall stands just off-stage awaiting her cue. Warm-ups and…

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Fun House of Pain?

My Real Memoir My fingers had every reason to think I hated them. I cut more chunks out of them than I did any actual wood when whittling surfer style “tiki god” pendants for my friends (“Dear Mitch, please carve … Continue reading

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It’s Monday. Go for It!

Thought for the Week The two greatest causes of disappointment in life are: 1) Taking risks and 2) Not taking risks “Sometimes it’s riskier not to take a risk. Sometimes all you’re guaranteeing is that things will stay the same.” … Continue reading

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Real Life

“Awake, O sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” ~Ephesians 5:14 “For if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” ~John 8:36 †

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The Un-Kidnapping

The Wishing Map is a full-length fantasy that is being posted episodically at this site. To read the previous episode, click here. To read the entire novel, begin here. Feeling guilty about having kidnapped Zack, Liulah the cloud shepherd had dragged him before … Continue reading

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Time to Cocoon!

Autumn has just begun where I live, but temps are plummeting, rare for this early in the season, and all I can think of is getting cozy with a latte and a hoodie and, of course, a book! Which means … Continue reading

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Welcome to Fall, er, Autumn, er, Falltumn

Today is the first day of autumn (in my hemisphere), one of the most unpredictable days of the year.  True, this year it’s been almost sardonically on-the-nose (where I live): yesterday was a blazing final summer day in the 90s, … Continue reading

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Ten Ways Small Groups Can Save You

My Featured Blogger this week is Colleen Scheid. Full disclosure: Colleen is a long-time personal friend; we live just minutes away from each other and have been members of the same writers group for years. But featuring her here is … Continue reading

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