Keeping in Peak Condition

Picture the Little Red Hen with someone else’s guilt trips on her head as well as her own! Like many others, I’ve always been busy and active, too busy for my own good.  In her defense I can say Little Red Hen got to eat the bread after Cat, Rat … Read more…

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…

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…

Would You Be Ready?

The floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other disasters in our world are increasing in frequency and severity. We watch coverage of them on TV news and the Internet, while fervently praying, “Oh, please, God, help them! Make it stop!” and “Please God, not here! Please don’t let that happen here!” But … Read more…

Do You Have a Vision Board?

True to form for artistic things, I was late to the party when it came to creating a vision board for my future. After decades without a vision board, I wondered if I should waste my time planning and envisioning my future, or what’s left of it. But one of … Read more…

We Could Achieve So Much

I often wonder how much more we as human beings could accomplish if we weren’t distracted by a thousand things every day! We need so much to focus on one thing at a time and complete it before moving on to the next. Yet the world too often seems to … Read more…

Why I Love My Writing Passion

I try to write something every day, so my heart jumps with excitement when the house quiets down and the infernal telemarketers stop harassing me!! Most days I turn off the phone in order to complete the required work for my full-time employer, but their evening calls still continue. It’s … Read more…

Every Good Work is God’s Work

People sometimes chide me for expending my writing talents on “worldly” topics instead of on God’s work. That stings a little but I may be the bearer of bad tidings: First, I don’t get paid for blog posts but other than that, writing is how I earn a living. It’s … Read more…

So Failure Is Not an Option?

Failure is not an option. We hear that on many fronts. If you live or work in an environment saturated with that philosophy, the end result had better be worth the damage the environment is doing to you and your psyche! I’m thinking mostly now of any destination where the … Read more…

My Writing Trigger

I wrote a story about a rainbow appearing over a slag heap in an ugly coal and woollen mills town, the one my father moved us all to after I graduated from high school at the age of 16. Mother long ago insisted she didn’t have that essay any more, … Read more…