Tag Archives: fear

Don’t Let Fear Stop You

Guest Blog by Laleh Chini of A Voice from Iran Laleh Chini moved from Iran to North America as a teenager, but continued to visit relatives and others there. Along the way, she began collecting folk tales and fables, as … Continue reading

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Tips for Writers: Just Show Up

So, what’s the tip? It’s right there in the title, actually, but by way of explanation: Underpinning my previous encouragement to not wait for inspiration, is the fact that a leap-of-faith is involved in believing you’ll have any idea what to … Continue reading

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A Reason to Hope

Dedicated to Bill Sweeney, his wife Mary and their family Some years are unforgettable, some we wish we could forget. Just as 2001 marked the beginning of an era of fear from terrorism, 2020 marked the beginning of an era … Continue reading

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The Unknown

“Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about. I will strengthen you and uphold you with My strong right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10 “There is nothing we fear and desire in such equal measure as the … Continue reading

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Living Color

Vaccines are on the way, but won’t be available for a while. In the meantime, lockdowns are increasing, and many, especially today Friday the 13th, are cocooning inside their homes again. So I couldn’t think of a better time to … Continue reading

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After the Storm

Buildings that have been traumatized by storms need restoration. So do human hearts. 2020 has been full of such storms. I know of no greater path to restoration than to trust in our designer and builder, the One who loves … Continue reading

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Going Out in Public Again

Current polls reveal that people have mixed feelings: They want to go out in public again, but after months of quarantine they’re understandably nervous about exposure. That’s nothing new for the animal world. This semi-serious photo collection shows, or maybe … Continue reading

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The New-New Normal?

“The New Normal.” Well, that phrase got old fast–although not as old as the crisis that caused its overuse. And now we’re regrouping again. Society and individuals are trying to figure out how to get back to the Old Normal … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Do Drugs

Oh, I did, trust me. Like a lot of 18-year-olds, I dabbled in anything forbidden or frowned upon by old people over 30. It was the era when drugs were going to “expand our consciousness.” I’d watched the cast of … Continue reading

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Procrasti-Nation

Well, it’s Tuesday. Guess I better get started on that work I was gonna finish “by Monday at the latest.” “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is … Continue reading

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