A Writer’s Reach

As writers, we are usually sensitive to injustice, and we notice everything, from the smallest hiccup to the king-size eruption.  So, we’re less likely than most people to miss seeing the elephant in the living room, even if the wrinkled dear hasn’t sideswiped the front door off its hinges on … Read more…

This In-Between Time

The fullness of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. is behind us, along with the recognition that as always, not everyone had enough, if any, food to eat on that day. It is sincerely hoped that those who suffer will be filled from the hearts of the thousands who are … Read more…

Counting Our Blessings in Times of Trial

Most of us have heard it all of our lives, from parents, grandparents, teachers, or our religious leaders: Count Your Blessings. Even our best friends will sometimes nag us about it, making us either snarl or bite our tongues to keep from snarling. We wish we had the strength to … Read more…

Reasons for Gratitude

We’re again headed into a Thanksgiving season I wasn’t sure we’d see, not after living through ten years of a spiraling descent into chaos around us. Most of us are sickened by the discord in this country that is caused by foreign interference, exacerbated by all so-called national leaders involved … Read more…

God is No Respecter of Persons

Deep pain results from hearing someone say, “It’s their own fault” when someone whose life doesn’t meet their definition of righteous is murdered. It’s a torment that doesn’t easily go away. Everything in this fallen world too often reeks of tragedy: From the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida in … Read more…

You Are Unique!

I’ve felt sad for a long time whenever I’ve seen people trying to live up to the expectations of others, whether the aspirations stem from family, peers, co-workers, or culture. It is forced upon them, and some cultures are more cruel to their children about excellence at all costs than … Read more…

Terrifying Wildfires

Pain almost swallows you when you try to write – about anything – when your next door-neighborhoods have residents running for their lives from the horror of explosive wildfires!  You know that only by the Grace of God has your section of a sprawling metropolis been spared so far. It’s … Read more…

It Isn’t Just Religion or Politics

Almost anyone past the age of 11 knows not to say anything even a tiny bit controversial about your religion or your parents’ opinion of the current political mess. That means not even within your own family — unless you want to turn important dinners or other family get-togethers into … Read more…

Are You an Introvert? Yay!

Is your son cautious? Bravo! Has your daughter been told she’s shy? Good for her! Society as a whole does not value introverts, even though introverts are variously estimated at 1/3 to ½ the U.S. population, more or less. Everyone is supposed to get out there and do whatever other … Read more…

My Non-Review of a Book

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a non-fiction, non-religious book. I won’t name the author or the book because only a few pages into it, I found myself disagreeing with a major premise, and greatly disliking his repeated use of a four-letter word. A more polite substitute carries the … Read more…