In Others’ Words: The Reality of Dreams

In Others’ Words: The Reality of Dreams

I’m all about dreams … and I know what it takes to make dreams a reality.  I love the beginnings of dreams. The “what ifs” and the “maybes” and the daring it takes to reach for that oh-so-personal wish upon a star. I get just as excited when someone else shares the beginning of their dream with me as I do about my own dream-just-starting-to-come-true. The middles of dreams? Now that’s when you s... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Practice and Purpose of Journaling

In Others’ Words: The Practice and Purpose of Journaling

I started keeping a journal because Miss Gooley, my freshman English teacher, required it. Besides our regular assignments — reading, writing papers, taking quizzes and tests — students in Miss Gooley’s class had to keep a journal. Miss Gooley would read our entries, make comments, return our journals, and we’d repeat the process, all year long. Decades later, I’m still keeping journals. Yes, journals. Plur... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Beautiful, Terrible Truth

In Others’ Words: The Beautiful, Terrible Truth

  I respect the truth.  I wrote those words … and realized that there was a time in the last 24 hours where I was less than truthful. I didn’t lie. No. I just didn’t speak up and state the truth, the whole truth, so help me God. Of course, I wasn’t on the witness stand, my hand on the Bible, standing before a judge and jury. And I had a very good reason for speaking less than the truth. I had to choose betwe... Read More »

In Others’ Words: I Must Write

In Others’ Words: I Must Write

It’s been a week of story.  Depending on the hour of the day, I’ve either been mulling over a story idea or talking about a story idea with my writing friend and mentor, Rachel Hauck, or writing out a story idea, a.k.a a synopsis … and repeat, repeat, repeat. The sentence in the quote, “I must write it all out, at any cost” — I get it. Tuesday night I was mentally exhausted by all the mulling, talking... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Listen for the Laughter

In Others’ Words: Listen for the Laughter

I got together with several writing friends last night. We talked writing, of course. And we also talked about what was going on in our lives. The common theme for all of us? Life was crazy.  I wish I could say that our lives were crazy-fun, but we’re all dealing with different versions of crazy-challenging kinds of things. Crazy-exhausting kinds of things. Crazy-this-isn’t-what-I’d-planned kinds of things. Anybody out... Read More »

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