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In Others’ Words: Decide What It’s About

In Others’ Words: Decide What It’s About

  Perspective changes everything. As my husband and I wandered through a local park early one morning before my daughter’s day-long volleyball tournament, I paused in front of this wire bench. The surrounding trellises were mostly bare. What few leaves remained were brittle and brown. The landscape was awash in grays and browns. And it had its own certain beauty. As I stood there, I tho... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing to Live Inside Hope

In Others’ Words: Choosing to Live Inside Hope

Do you know what you hope for? We talked about life themes on Tuesday and I think what we hope for is linked to our life theme. If, as I said in the post two days ago, my life theme is relationships, than I hope for healthy relationships. Loving relationships. Life-giving relationships. Obviously I’m talking about the capital “H”, capital “O”, capital “P”,... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

  Mention “theme,” and most people are transported back to English class, when the teacher asked, “What is the theme of this book?” Some of us had fun with this question about the central idea in a novel or short story or poem or play, and some of us started counting the days until summer vacation. And then some of us … well, some of us became writers. And we pon... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Do You “Do You”?

In Others’ Words: How Do You “Do You”?

The New Year is two days old. Some of us started 2018 armed with a list of resolutions while others distilled our desire for change down to One Words like trust, kindness, release. Whatever your mode of change, the New Year is prime time for a new you … to a certain point. In the midst of all the New Year-New Me changing and rearranging of our lives, let’s determine to be us. No matter... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Honouring Christmas

In Others’ Words: Honouring Christmas

  “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens *1812-1870), English writer   December starts tomorrow — and with it, so does my month-long break from social media. Last year was the first time I took an entire month off from blogging and tweeting and Facebook-ing. And I’ll tell you this: I savo... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Love or Understanding

In Others’ Words: Love or Understanding

If I’m reading George Orwell’s words correctly, he seemed to believe that love and understanding are exclusive of one another.  And yet, I find that the people who love me the best are also the very ones who take the time to understand me … the real me. Or is it that the ones who understand me the best are  the very ones who love me the most faithfully? See how the two — lo... Read More »

In Others’ Words: When Intelligence has Fun

In Others’ Words: When Intelligence has Fun

As a writer, I sometimes focus on the work of it all. Writing the story synopsis. Developing the characters. Putting the fast draft down on the page, scene by scene. And then rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite. Somewhere along the way from synopsis to rewrite-rewrite-rewrite, I forget that, at the beginning, I fell in love with the story and the characters. I stop having fun and get enmeshed in the work.  ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Living in Others’ Opinions

In Others’ Words: Living in Others’ Opinions

Do you believe in yourself? Or do you believe in what other say about you? Do you, as author L. M. Montgomery says, “live in other people’s opinions”? The thing about others’ opinions? You can get caught in a vortex of competing judgements, conflicting assessments, erroneous presumptions. And then who gets to decide which point of view about you is correct? And how do you d... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Stories Conquer Fear

In Others’ Words: How Stories Conquer Fear

So … the robot. I came upon him while walking with my husband and youngest daughter during a a foggy day in Carlsbad, California last summer. Some ingenious artist painted him on the side of a building. And yes, this painting told a story. You can come upon stories in the most unlikely places. We expect them within the covers of a book. But stories also appear in a conversation between two a... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Sacredness of Tears

In Others’ Words: The Sacredness of Tears

There was a time in my life when I would not allow myself to cry.  Month after month, I refused to cry, swallowing the tears burning the back of my throat. The truth is, I had a lot to cry about. Repeated loss. Ongoing loneliness. And times of dark, dark doubt. My faith wavered. I ached to the very core of my being and my soul seemed shattered. The one time I let my guard down and allowed tears to... Read More »

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