Tag Archives: fear

Death by Public Speaking

Illustration by Sara-Mara 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. For some annoying cosmic reason, Mid-Mid’s (Middleton Middle … Continue reading

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My Early Brushes with Mortality

Photo source: Richard Ratay My Real Memoir Oddly enough, as a child I came to equate suffering and death with my cousins, and with a quaint farming community. Mom and her sister Tavia were close, so we visited often. But … Continue reading

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Caption This Photo

Feel free to be snarky (hard to resist), or to wax metaphorical like some of these writers have: “When a man is standing at the top of a cliff, it isn’t fear of falling that keeps him rooted to the edge … Continue reading

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Be Still My Soul

Thought for the Week A Guest Blog by Lavish Mercy Sister Renee Yann (Religious Sisters of Mercy), D.Min, creator of the blog site Lavish Mercy, is a writer, speaker, teacher on the subjects of spirituality, social justice and ethical business … Continue reading

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Living Unafraid

Originally posted on Diary of a Quadriplegic:
Like some of you, I have experienced anxiety and feelings of isolation for the last several months. The pandemic, the political unrest, and other issues facing our world have caused an uneasiness and…

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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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