A Writing Getaway

A Writing Getaway

You may already know that a lot of writers don’t write full-time. Some of them squeeze in an hour in the quiet moments before their children get up and the day starts like a runaway train. For others, it’s a full-time job outside the home that keeps them away from their home computer and folder full of story ideas. I often wonder if I’d like to write full-time. I love to write fiction. It’s hands-down my favorite thing to do for a “job” that’s much more than a job. (Meaning, it’s been a...
Election Reflection

Election Reflection

The other day as I was driving home from an errand, I saw political signs on every street corner. Most of them just bore the name of a candidate. One I liked said, “People, not politics,” but it was sponsored by a political party. It would be nice to see signs that endorse attitudes we should have instead of only endorsing a political party. I’m sure you’ll agree that politics in the US has gotten really nasty. We could use some prompting toward better attitudes (since we know after election...
God of the Unlikely

God of the Unlikely

It’s a perfect fall day in the 70s in North Carolina. We do have beautiful falls here. It might seem like any other year, but we all know with aching certainty that it’s not. Our country and world seem to be falling apart. Yet, we have the tiny joys of days in the 70s (while we can get them…), an adorable lizard about an inch and a half long running across my patio table as I write this, pumpkin muffins (with chocolate) fresh from the oven, and many more joys that are abundant if we open our...
A Stuck-at-Home Newsletter

A Stuck-at-Home Newsletter

I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t seem like July. Really. Don’t you agree? Where did the spring and summer go? Are we going to think of 2020 as the “lost year”? Maybe. (But it doesn’t have to be.) Some areas of the country are opening up while others are back-pedaling fast. Like North Carolina, where I live. We had a record number of hospitalizations in a 24-hour period. It’s not supposed to move in that direction. So, how are you coping? Are you able to see the silver lining? Have you been...
What About those Lies?

What About those Lies?

The other day as I was working in my kitchen, I was listening to a Christian song. The singer sang about how God had been there with her through every stage of her life. What a wonderful and true principle that should have given me comfort. As she listed each stage of her life–childhood, adolescence, marriage, children– I felt an uncomfortable tug. Her life had followed such a “normal” course. My adolescence hadn’t been easy. My parents divorced when I was 12 and I struggled with...