In Others’ Words: The Everything of Family

In Others’ Words: The Everything of Family

There’s nothing quite like family rallying together in a crisis. Yesterday, my family rallied round my almost 99-year-old mother-in-law after she fell in her bathroom and ended up being taken to the emergency room via ambulance — she said the trip wasn’t bad — and then spent the day getting x-rayed and scanned. But they also rallied around one another in a time of concern … a time of “we don’t k... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

I’m in a “not writing” phase at the moment. Except the moment has stretched over a number of days. And, while I’m not on a hard deadline, I do have things to write. I have written blog posts … my In Others’ Words posts and other blog commitments. But that’s one type of writing, as opposed to working on fiction ideas. I’m a novelist. I write stories … except when I don’t. Not wr... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

“Mom! Don’t take his picture!” I was walking around Breckenridge, CO with my husband and 16-year-old daughter. I had one camera and my daughter had another as we captured images of the town. But my daughter whispered “Don’t!” when I stopped to photograph the painter standing near a bridge, intent on the hanging basket of multicolored flowers. How could I not take a picture of a fellow creative, so cau... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

I had a lunch date with my husband yesterday. While we were talking, he mentioned the year anniversary of someone coming to work at his office. I stopped him and said, “Has it really been a year? That time went by fast.” Life moving fast? That happens a lot.  I start counting down to something special, something weeks or even months away — like a writers conference or visiting a friend in another state or a vacation tr... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Essence of Love

In Others’ Words: The Essence of Love

Kindness is such a beautiful expression of love. A kind word. A kind action. Kindness negates self-centeredness because we’re considering someone else’s needs before our own.  Sometimes it’s easier to be kind to a stranger than it is to be kind to a family member or friend. We let someone go ahead of us in the grocery line. Or we buy coffee for the driver behind us in the Starbucks or Dutch Brothers line.  But those cl... Read More »

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