My Life

#100DaysOfGratitude–Lessons Learned

Day 100: I am grateful for completing this challenge, for family through thick and thin, for the friends who spurred me on, for the kindness of a neighbor where I’m staying to let me sit in her yard and tap into her WiFi for a few minutes while she’s at work, for the healthcare workers… Continue reading #100DaysOfGratitude–Lessons Learned

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A Study Deferred

At the risk of being melodramatic, let me quote Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (ESV) Let me also warn you that this post is going to be heavy on the pictures. Since my first visit to the Milwaukee Public Library with my mom,… Continue reading A Study Deferred

My Life, Reading and Writing

#4HWW Impressions and Inspiration

I rarely blog about best-selling books, but I just finished reading The 4-Hour Workweek (#4HWW) by Tim Ferriss, and it got me thinking… I chose to read it because it is referred to over and over by many of the writing and productivity bloggers and podcasters I follow. #4HWW permeates my Twitter feed. Tim Ferriss… Continue reading #4HWW Impressions and Inspiration

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Busy-ness

It's been such a busy week! I don't want to neglect my renewed commitment to blog, so here are four quick updates for you: If you aren't aware, or haven't yet liked my Facebook page, please know that I post there almost daily, including #100DaysOfGratitude and #365PhotoChallenge. Today I did a bit more, including sharing my process and… Continue reading Busy-ness

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Planning~~Laughing~~Writing

Recently I was challenged to tell my life story in six words. Being a novel writer who loves details, this was more than a little daunting. I think I finally figured it out. I make plans and God laughs. I am a planner. Since childhood. I enjoy working out details, crafting goals, and anticipating the… Continue reading Planning~~Laughing~~Writing

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Meanwhile…

I hate posts that start out "sorry I haven't written lately, but..." so I won't do that today. Or I could pretend I'm going to confession... "Forgive me, dear reader, it's been four months since my last post..." It's been a hard four months. Bad doctor visits, disappointing MRI results, frustration and pain all around.… Continue reading Meanwhile…

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Reflecting on 2014 goals…

It's New Year's Eve. Usually this is the day I spend gearing up and getting ready to launch my new goals. Today is different because I didn't accomplish a single, not one SINGLE, goal that I set for 2014. And they were excellent goals. I put a lot of time, thought, and planning into my… Continue reading Reflecting on 2014 goals…

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In honor of Bailey…

Bailey passed away in her sleep early Christmas morning. She looked very peaceful and comfortable. I guess taking the final decision away from us was her Christmas gift to us. In order to honor this member of our family who has been a trusted friend, confidant, protector, and companion to all four of us for… Continue reading In honor of Bailey…

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Observations after two-week media fast…

I warn you now that this may be more rambling than I usually engage in. My two-week media fast was not in search of spiritual clarity or any esoteric goal, but was due to headaches and migraines which blur my vision and exacerbate my light sensitivity. I stayed off the computer for the most part, and… Continue reading Observations after two-week media fast…

Getting Healthy, My Life, Writerly Life

Creating with Disabilities

"It was a dark and stormy night..." is the opening phrase of Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford (1830), and since then popular culture and the literati have either praised it as the best hook or mocked it as the worst first line and an example of what not to do. Here in North Texas, a dark and… Continue reading Creating with Disabilities