Category Archives: Writing

The Tiniest Orphan

They’d moved into the village late last spring, with their filthy habits and strange ways, the whole lot of them. From the start good people steered clear of them, so they knew they weren’t wanted. And now, finally, they were … Continue reading

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smellybean…then eat!

Originally posted on a poem in my pocket:
“Love, but be careful what you love,” (Augustine) if you ever have an extra jellybean whatever flavor is fine to my bellybean juicy burst of sweetness tastes swellybean but one’s not enough,…

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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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Ten Ways Small Groups Can Save You

Originally posted on Colleen Scheid:
Churches are always trying to get people to join groups of eight to twelve people who meet regularly. They call them ‘small groups’ or ‘growth groups’ or ‘house groups’. One church called them ‘lambs groups’,…

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Tips for Writers: Use an Irony Board

When creating a storyline, don’t just pull things out of the soiled ideas pile. Dig through it for something fresh. Inhale. Do they smell like something one of your characters would actually wear (think/do)? Good, but still not fresh enough. … Continue reading

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Floppy Fish Fingers

I was getting my food delivered long before COVID made it cool. I avoid supermarkets in much the same way that Chris Witty avoids blinking. I’ve just never been comfortable in that environment. Everything seems to so easily wind me…

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Ordinary Miracle

Originally posted on Flannel with Faith:
“How am I going to explain this diagnostic summary to this parent?” I asked myself. Twenty-two years of life is all I had under my belt. Teaching, and motherhood, were new. My heart answered:…

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Sorrow – Lessons from Grief

Originally posted on Pics and Posts:
Loss and grief are inevitable parts of life. We know this, but that doesn’t make it easier to manage. In fact, the inevitable is often a source of anxiety for some. Despite how ab-so-lute-ly…

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The Way That Led to Me

Photo by Katie of A Virginia Writer’s Diary Five years ago, Rhonda of Pollyanna’s Path (whose blog I still read and enjoy) nominated me for a blogger award. These days I leave such awards to newer bloggers, but I found … Continue reading

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