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On Finding Focus & Writing Plans

On Finding Focus & Writing Plans

Blogging hasn’t happened much in six weeks. I’ve only posted once. I think I needed a break to refocus my writing efforts and find the courage to keep going. It’s not that I quit chasing my dream. I needed to grow a writing habit because consistency is important for...

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An Open Letter to the World

An Open Letter to the World

This is a part of the Open Letter Challenge writing contest hosted by Josh Irby. I’m writing a response to the Open Letter to You from the Rest of the World. Dear World, I read your letter recently and I’m encouraged by your words. I pull it out on occasion to...

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Five Minute Friday: She Grew

Five Minute Friday: She Grew

She used to not take naps in preschool. She got her name put on the board for talking in kindergarten. She didn’t want to miss anything. Slowing down was for the night. But she didn’t like to talk with strangers. She was afraid of the unfamiliar, of leaving comfort...

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September 11: thoughts and a poem

September 11: thoughts and a poem

Senior year began the Tuesday before everything changed. Both of my brothers had already left for college. I heard the news about 9:30 in the morning. Environmental science class was ending and the word of what was happening in New York City slowly spread through my...

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Five Minute Friday: As Red Leaves Drop

Five Minute Friday: As Red Leaves Drop

Fall is coming when the wind begins to blow. Red leaves drop, mixing with yellow and the fading green grass. Red flowers close up and trees grow bare, waiting for the briskness of winter. Just as strawberries mark the month of May, apples are the flavor of fall. I am...

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Five Minute Friday: On Worship & the return of September

Five Minute Friday: On Worship & the return of September

Sunday brings the return of September. I look forward to the return of the fall season, not just for the pleasantness of sipping warm coffee on a cool morning or the joy of adding colorful cardigans to an outfit. Those are fun, simple gifts that are a part of the...

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Five Minute Friday: When the Writing Rhythm Doesn’t Last

Five Minute Friday: When the Writing Rhythm Doesn’t Last

I don’t remember the last time I wrote every day for a whole week. I think it was a couple of months ago, but it’s hard to say. I don’t remember the last time I went a day without sitting with writing thoughts and letting them stir in my mind. I love words and I am a...

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Five Minute Friday: belong

Five Minute Friday: belong

I am excited to be a part of the Five Minute Friday link-up again! wait hope search for a place that space to feel accepted understood loved home time needed necessary to be open cultivate grow meet learn welcome embrace time find belong

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Five Minute Friday: imagine what could be

Five Minute Friday: imagine what could be

It's time for Five Minute Friday and I wrote a poem: imagine what could be imagine what is not wait for what to see live the story of me graphic designer? no way! it's my job most every day be a writer? no, not me... God had plans, ideas of who i could, should, would...

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Five Minute Friday: The Power of a Song

Five Minute Friday: The Power of a Song

A song is a powerful creation of words and music. But it goes beyond simply being a product of creation. Any one song can transport me back in time to a specific place filled with certain people I love to remember. When I listen to a song, especially one attached to a...

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