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In Others’ Words: Hearing the Silence

In Others’ Words: Hearing the Silence

Sometimes it isn’t so much what we say as it is what we don’t say. I used to to think the more I said, the better chance I had of winning an argument … of influencing people and making friends … and yes, well, making my point. Talk, talk, talk meant effect, effect, effect, right?  Wrong. The power of persuasion doesn’t always lie in our words. No. Sometimes our most p... 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 sti... Read More »

In Others’ Word: The Kindness of Truth

In Others’ Word: The Kindness of Truth

I’ve come back to this quote time and time again. Read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s words so many times that I’ve lost count. And then I always close down the blog post without writing a single word. I’m conflicted about this idea of truth being kind. And I’m well aware of the admonition to speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15 NIV) You have to understand that a while a... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Bricks

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” ~David Brinkley (1920 – 2003), American newscaster If somebody throws a brick at me, I’m gonna duck. If somebody throws a verbal brick at me — an insult, an accusation — sometimes I make the mistake of embracing it like it’s the gospel truth. (Pardon the clic... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Words

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~Mother Teresa My friend, Beth Jusino, probably didn’t even realize how her words encouraged me, but to this day, I remember where we were, what she said, and how I hugged those words to myself. At the time, Beth was an agent with Alive Communications, a top literary agency located here in Colorado S... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Criticism

  “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” ~ Frank A. Clark, “The Country Parson,” journalist, editor & writer It’s the beginning of a new week. Odds are, I”l run into some criticism as I journey from here to the weekend. As a novelist, there’s always a good chance I’ll get... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Silence

“For some moments in life there are no words.” ~David Seltzer, American screenwriter   A picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes a breath is worth a thousand words. Or one heartbeat … to … the … next. One thousand words. Not a single one of those thousand words need be uttered … but the width, breadth, height and depth of the emotion is there. In Your ... Read More »

The Romance of Words

Just the other day, I wrote about how romance requires a kiss. Last night I wrote my blog post over at the WordServe Water Cooler — using the movie The Princess Bride as an analogy for the writing life. Thanks to Westley, aka “Farm Boy,” and Buttercup, I realized how vital words are to romance. As you wish. Three one-syllable words. But, in the context of The Princess Bride, when... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Words

“I like good strong words that mean something.” ~Louisa May Alcott, author Well said, Louisa. That’s a goal worth striving for: As a writer, I want to produce good strong words that mean something. As a woman, I want to speak good strong words that mean something. Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott, was the first book I remember reading. And re-reading. And yes, re-readin... Read More »