What is important for a creative person?

Is it really any wonder that writing takes such a long time? Short of dumping one’s family and responsibilities altogether, there is little time available for creative work. This is especially true when you are the sole provider and must work a draining job in a collapsing industry. Yes, I … Read more…

A Franciscan Benediction

This blessing has appeared on many sites throughout the web, especially since Philip Yancey’s book Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? was published in 2006. I think it cannot be repeated enough times, so that individuals everywhere realize that everyone can make a difference! I first came across this blessing … Read more…

The Wildfires of 2007

Such widespread devastation throughout our beautiful Southern California region! The unprecedented wildfires are like nothing we’ve ever seen. And the official fire season has only now begun. Yes, we’re used to wildfires here but no, we never really get used to them. They are a fearsome danger every year, but … Read more…

Nothing Binding.com

Skipped right past August and September, that’s for sure, but editing books can keep a person very busy now and then. šŸ™‚ Even so, things happen (or not) for a reason, and I’m not the one in charge of the world. Thank goodness, I might add! There’d probably be a … Read more…

Family Trees are the Way to Grow!

Anyone who has ever found a lost relative knows the elated feeling of finding someone who belongs to you, your past and your future. It’s even more exciting when the name of someone you’ve been trying to find for years is suddenly right there in front of you on the … Read more…

Grapevines really talk!

Grapevines really talk! And I do mean the plant kind, not just the people kind. I suspect most of us think the office grapevine got called that because grapevines spread rapidly, from a very small root to where they cover yards of concrete or brick wall, especially here in Southern … Read more…

A Dream Scrambling to Survive

Most of us, as creative people, are scrambling to earn a living, or worse these days, trying to put money away for looming retirement. For creative people, it has always been difficult to earn enough money to live, let alone save any of it. Today’s various forms of digital media … Read more…

An After-Christmas Sale

Department managers at my day job elected to have the holiday party after the holidays for a number of reasons. One of them was that “everyone is too busy to get together before then.” A second reason was that it would avoid a conflict of cultural celebrations, if we held … Read more…

Happy New Year!

There are a few hours yet to go until the stroke of midnight, although my home family welcomed in the New Year some four hours ago. Not that a subway workers’ strike helped in the slightest. Always, there are those who take advantage of others for their own gain; they … Read more…

It’s over for another year

Sometimes I feel as though I am the only person who is happy when Christmas is over. It isn’t right; I shouldn’t feel this way. But with all the hustle and bustle, and the wonderful lighted displays, excited children, and smiling adults’ faces, the season is so much work for … Read more…