Category Archives: Writing

A Lesson on Achieving from Harry Potter

My Featured Blogger this week is Meschach Kanyion. I don’t know much about Meschach, except that he’s a pastor who says “I study the life of Jesus so that I can become like him and help others do the same.” … Continue reading

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I Am a Novelist!

When I was a kid I wanted to be everything. I practiced tight rope walking on the chain-link fence behind my buddy Jeff’s house in preparation to join the circus; explored the city sewers, preparing to become a world-class archeologist; … Continue reading

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Mental Health: Acceptance (Part I)

Originally posted on K E Garland:
Around 2005, I found my biological mother’s side of the family, and with that came a narrative about my family’s mental health. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services sent me a thick…

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Writing Checks in the New Year

I still send physical checks to pay some of my bills (you too?). And sure enough, at the start of each year I end up writing the wrong date on them. For example, today I mailed a very large payment … Continue reading

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The Smell of Books

“I’ll buy a Kindle when they create a ‘book smell’ app.” I wrote that right before I caved in and bought a tablet computer. But the smell was never the point. It was the memories it evoked (although I do … Continue reading

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How to Hear God’s Voice

Originally posted on Saturated In Seattle:
I hung up the phone and promptly fell into a heap, sobbing uncontrollably. Unable to catch my breath, my mind raced from one tragic event to the next, spiraling deeper into despair with each…

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How to be Funny

How to Get a RISE Out of Your Audience In Four Key Elements of Humor, we learned that a funny story begins with a crisis. Now we’ll talk about how to build on that crisis so your story will RISE … Continue reading

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