The Trick to Avoid Writer’s Block and Stay Productive

The Ten Idea Trick Which Sharpens Your Pen “I have lots of ideas. How do I pick the right one? Execute on as many as possible. The right idea will pick you.”...

This is How Your Hustle Can Hurt You

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”- Lao Tzu There’s a prevailing theme of hustle being pushed in our culture. Social media is flooded...

Recovering the Eternal Sunshine of the Blessed State

We are entangled in a mysterious universe, not sure why we are here or what it is that we are supposed to do.  Along our journey through life, we often...

Thanks I Needed That!

There is no such thing as nothing “Have a nice weekend!” How many times do I hear that? I usually reply something like, “Yeah, I will. You too!”  Just...

Weight Loss is More Than a Number on the Scale

Now is about that time with New Year’s Resolutions when you begin to ask yourself if what you are doing is even worth it. Why starve yourself trying to lose...

To Get Along Better with People, Focus on What You Have in Common

A few months ago I listened to a TED talk that inspired me. The subject was optimism or something like that; I don’t really remember. I do remember the...

God Is The Keeper Of Memories

Several years ago I served as director of a ministry to women in a small local church. When I said yes to the opportunity I had no idea what I was getting...

Why You Should Love Your Rejected Articles.

And What Should You do with them. It’s always hanging in the air dripping with possibility. It is omnipresent and sometimes omnipotent. It reigns upon the...

How To Tell If You’re A Self-Help Junkie

And What Self-Help Advice You Should Ignore “I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it...

One Hand on the Steering Wheel of My Life

I dream. Often. And mostly wake with a vague recollection of nebulous snatches. Sometimes all I remember is that I dreamt. The actual dream gone before I...

Dear Starbucks,

You suck! Dear Starbucks, I wish this was a letter congratulating you and your exemplary staff and products. Sadly, it is not… I can honestly say the times...

How to deal with rejection

How do you deal with the feeling of being told: “you are not good enough?” It doesn’t matter if it is a job, relationship, education, or contract. The feeling...

Our Life Stories are Not Carved in Stone

We’re not doomed — we can change our narratives and lives! We are all storytellers. I can hear you roll your eyes. “Storyteller? Heck, no. I’m not into...

How To Battle the Demons of Your Past and WIN

So often I hear statements like, “You’re so strong” or “You’re so resilient” when it comes to disclosing my past demons.  I recently wrote a story about...

Composition, The Rule of Thirds and The Golden Ratio

How do we know what looks good in a picture or design and why? No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure...

The Devil Wears A Dog Head

A bad character can turn you into a REAL dog Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but some people are just real dogs.  No, I mean it. Well, I...

What If There Was An All MOMS Shut Down?

efore dads all over the world go into panic mode and start having anxiety attacks, let me say, the chances that a MOMS shut down will happen are very...

Dirt Boogery

Nifty Nasty Nose Nuggets! “Well, you wake up in the morning. Aint no pork up in the pan. But you better not complain boy. You get in trouble with the man. Let...

Mother’s Kind

The kind of loving we should gravitate towards.  I tried to conjure up her image in my head. Her shoulder-length deep brown hair. Her beautiful twinkling pair...

The You That Is Also You

Embracing the dichotomies of self How often do you hide the real you? The things you love, in secret, perhaps? The you that retires in safety just below the...

How to Find Your Calling with 3 Easy Lists

God has a unique calling on each one of us, our unique contribution to the world. The powers of darkness are terribly afraid of it because when you walk in...

There Are Two Ways to Deal With a Soul-Sucking Job - Only One is Right

You know what they say. If you have a j.o.b. it means you’re just over broke. You’re trading time for money. You’re working for the man. You read blog posts...

Breaking Hearts

Hearts are breaking around the world Suffering as hunger and poverty grows, Conditions tragically breaking their spirits Taking their toll on millions each...

5 Reasons it’s Important for Writers to Consistently Create

I got an email notifying me of a private message on my fanfiction.net account. It read as followed: Hi; I noticed in your profile, that one of your favorite...

Drinking Should Have Killed Me

Drinking makes me bolder. A trait which I don’t possess when I’m sober. A confidence that is unashamed, the power of which I piece together the following...

This Is Self-Confidence  — Stand Up And Seize Every Existing Moment

Self-confidence, an exemplary trait that shines wherever one goes. Wouldn’t it be convenient if we were all born with such characteristics? Too bad...

Preparing for Death

The information provided in this short series is morbid to many people, especially here in America. Death and all of its aspects are considered cold and...

Coming Home Again

“Maybe this isn’t home, nor ever was — maybe home is where I have to go tonight. Home is the place where when you go there, you have to finally face the thing...

Connectivity and Inclusivity go Hand in hand

We are social beings and as such the majority of human beings like to connect or interact with at least one other person, and some of us like to feel a...

How to Break a Stubborn Case of Writer’s Block

7 things to do when you hit a creative wall Yesterday every writer’s worst nightmare came true for me. I love to write every morning. I start with my journal....

Author Spotlight: Kevin Horton

 

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Kevin Horton is a college student, a modest book-worm, and a wanna-be web developer with a new-found love for writing. He’s been writing now for about 4 months and first found my love for words while blogging for my church. Eventually, he plans on starting his own blog, with its own website. But I don’t have an audience so a friend of mine recommended Medium. I’ve never considered myself a writer, just someone who loved to read. I’m also a twin (Keith, who also writes on Medium), a musician, a photographer, and a college student.

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One Hand on the Steering Wheel of My Life

I dream. Often. And mostly wake with a vague recollection of nebulous snatches. Sometimes all I remember is that I dreamt. The actual dream gone before I woke. MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY IN 1971. On the eight of June, at midday, to be exact. I sat with her that last...

Composition, The Rule of Thirds and The Golden Ratio

How do we know what looks good in a picture or design and why? No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition. — Claude Monet The rule of thirds. It is interesting and curious, how did we...

5 Reasons it’s Important for Writers to Consistently Create

I got an email notifying me of a private message on my fanfiction.net account. It read as followed: Hi; I noticed in your profile, that one of your favorite stories is Hey Arnold. I wrote a few Hey Arnold stories a while back. Have you read any of them? If not, when...

Calibrate Not Mediate

How changing the language caused a mindset shift. I don’t mediate. Yes, I understand all of the health benefits of doing it. And I even did it somewhat regularly at one point in my life. But it’s hard. It’s boring. More importantly, it’s time-consuming. Oh, wait. It’s...

Are You Interested or Committed?

I was listening to a great interview with John Assaraf, where he was talking about his first mentor. Before he took him on, the mentor wanted to know if John was interested in, or committed to, reaching his goals. I’m fascinated by people who make a life-changing...

Take All That You Have and Be Poor

As a poetry-loving Catholic who can’t memorize Bible verses like a Protestant, I finally figured out why I always get the wording of a popular teaching wrong. Twenty-some years ago Wendell Berry came into my world. And I subconsciously transposed a line from...

The 7 Deadly Sins of Writing

Writing is hard. Writing well is even harder. Even if we leave aside the delicate matters of inspiration and creativity, there are many pitfalls on the path to a great piece of content. A lot of opportunities to mess up. Some of them are unforgivable and are basically...

From Hobby to Job– How to Keep Writing Fun

You give up a few things when you start to make money from the thing you love… I began writing for fun. I didn’t really show it off to anyone because it was just for me to read. Sometimes I’d tell my stories to a relative, because Caribbean families, much like many...

7 Millennial Marketing Myths Busted

Throw everything you thought you knew about marketing to millennials out the window. Millennials have caused quite the controversy in recent years, whether it’s because we’ve killed another industry or we spend too much money on avocado toast. In 400 BC, Socrates...

The unslakeable mendicants we are

How complacency in life helps you to live a better life… Yeah, buddies, I am speaking of you and me. We are all beggars in our own ways. Opulence or indigence is purportedly not the marker for our mendicancy and the incessant banging on the doors high above. Beggars...

The Trick to Avoid Writer’s Block and Stay Productive

The Ten Idea Trick Which Sharpens Your Pen “I have lots of ideas. How do I pick the right one? Execute on as many as possible. The right idea will pick you.” ― James Altucher I don’t know if you’re familiar with James Altucher, but he’s a pretty well-known...

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This is How Your Hustle Can Hurt You

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”- Lao Tzu There’s a prevailing theme of hustle being pushed in our culture. Social media is flooded with words like “grind,” and “crushing it.” Athletes to actors invariably credit their success to spending more...

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Recovering the Eternal Sunshine of the Blessed State

We are entangled in a mysterious universe, not sure why we are here or what it is that we are supposed to do.  Along our journey through life, we often find ourselves besieged and compromised by events that drain the marrow of life out of us, shattering our...

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Thanks I Needed That!

There is no such thing as nothing “Have a nice weekend!” How many times do I hear that? I usually reply something like, “Yeah, I will. You too!”  Just recently I changed my response. “My week has no end. It is circular.”  I have been working weekends for...

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Weight Loss is More Than a Number on the Scale

Now is about that time with New Year’s Resolutions when you begin to ask yourself if what you are doing is even worth it. Why starve yourself trying to lose weight when the needle has barely moved? The resolve part of resolution is fading fast and those great...

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God Is The Keeper Of Memories

Several years ago I served as director of a ministry to women in a small local church. When I said yes to the opportunity I had no idea what I was getting into. I was taking on this responsibility with zero experience in a formal role. So I did the only thing I knew...

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Why You Should Love Your Rejected Articles.

And What Should You do with them. It’s always hanging in the air dripping with possibility. It is omnipresent and sometimes omnipotent. It reigns upon the talented and untalented in almost equal measure. It’s a constant force both beginners and seasoned pros have to...

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How To Tell If You’re A Self-Help Junkie

And What Self-Help Advice You Should Ignore “I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.” — George Carlin Self-help can be a great thing.  What could be better than...

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One Hand on the Steering Wheel of My Life

I dream. Often. And mostly wake with a vague recollection of nebulous snatches. Sometimes all I remember is that I dreamt. The actual dream gone before I woke. MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY IN 1971. On the eight of June, at midday, to be exact. I sat with her that last...

read more

Dear Starbucks,

You suck! Dear Starbucks, I wish this was a letter congratulating you and your exemplary staff and products. Sadly, it is not… I can honestly say the times I’ve had both awesome service AND coffee, with a fresh baked good on the side, is few and far between. For...

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How to deal with rejection

How do you deal with the feeling of being told: “you are not good enough?” It doesn’t matter if it is a job, relationship, education, or contract. The feeling that comes with someone closing the door in your face is the same. From worthlessness to hopelessness,...

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Our Life Stories are Not Carved in Stone

We’re not doomed — we can change our narratives and lives! We are all storytellers. I can hear you roll your eyes. “Storyteller? Heck, no. I’m not into fiction writing. I don’t even read fiction. I write serious stuff.” You may write about politics and world affairs...

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How to Break a Stubborn Case of Writer’s Block

7 things to do when you hit a creative wall Yesterday every writer’s worst nightmare came true for me. I love to write every morning. I start with my journal. Then if I really hustle, I’ll have something to publish.  I sat down at my desk like I usually do. I...

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Should I Be Offended By This?

When I worked in a nonprofit thrift store, I hired a Muslim woman to be my assistant manager. One Christmas when we were digging through donations to see what we could sell, she ran across some life-sized wooden nativity figures.  A lot of thrift store donations...

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What is the True Reality?

A closer look at time and the world 2 Corinthians 4:17–18 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what...

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How to Fight the Beast

The Enemy Within and the Ones Trying to Get In The Beast has many forms. It has all forms. It mutates faster than flu, and there’s no anti-Beast shot. It does what it needs to do to get to you. Nicole Akers’ recent account of her experience was so astonishing that...

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More To Come

Premonitions of new change coming Never sure what its nature might be, Knowing time evolves incessantly Revealing surprises with each day. Newness refreshes how we feel Letting go of what has passed, Regeneration of creative natures Stirring thoughts hidden long ago....

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My Love, I Set You Free; Fly and Be Free.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Mack sipped his morning coffee in the solitude. The aches of loss and loneliness nipped at Mack. The sunlight hit his face from the window as the sun breached the horizon. Five years had passed since...

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The Day My Daughter Stopped Singing

My daughter Vanessa has perfect pitch. I’m not biased when I say she sings like an angel. She has a wonderful voice. It’s always been that way. I remember when she was seven and obsessed with Frozen. She held concerts in our living room for me and her father and sang...

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Why You Need To Write Something Scary

You have a ton of content in your face attacking you in all forms: videos, books, blog posts, podcasts and more. Digesting it all feels kinda like work, right? You probably even know the routines of some of the top writers, and probably have even taken a course or...

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An Old Woman from the Village

A lesson in generosity from my year in Mexico I was standing near the front entrance to the office when I glanced to my right and saw her. A light breeze was kicking up dust, which swirled around her as she approached across the barren dirt parking area accompanied. A...

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How To Battle the Demons of Your Past and WIN

So often I hear statements like, “You’re so strong” or “You’re so resilient” when it comes to disclosing my past demons.  I recently wrote a story about all of the crazy shit I have gone through in my short 40 some years and YES, I have come out strong and...

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Composition, The Rule of Thirds and The Golden Ratio

How do we know what looks good in a picture or design and why? No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition. — Claude Monet The rule of thirds. It is interesting and curious, how did we...

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The Devil Wears A Dog Head

A bad character can turn you into a REAL dog Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but some people are just real dogs.  No, I mean it. Well, I don’t know about these days, but once upon a time, there were people that looked normal enough — except they...

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What If There Was An All MOMS Shut Down?

efore dads all over the world go into panic mode and start having anxiety attacks, let me say, the chances that a MOMS shut down will happen are very slim.  That’s because MOMS will feel GUILTY that their dependents will suffer and NOT do it , unlike (rhymes...

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Dirt Boogery

Nifty Nasty Nose Nuggets! “Well, you wake up in the morning. Aint no pork up in the pan. But you better not complain boy. You get in trouble with the man. Let the midnight special shine it’s light on me…,” (From Midnight Special by CCR) I love that song and often sing...

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10 Common Writing Mistakes to Avoid

don’t settle for good when you could be better So you want to write a short story or maybe even a novel. Your idea is ready, you have an outline, and you’re raring to go. Or you’ve finished a piece and you’re wondering if it’s good enough to release into the...

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Maybe So. Maybe Not. We’ll see.

(The Parable of the Chinese Farmer) There is a Chinese Parable that goes something like this: ‘A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran...

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My Sister

A Poem As I passed to the end of the vistaI was stopped thinking of how often I miss herAt the view of this wonderful sceneryI realized there is nothing compared to our bond, sweet sister Oh, we had so many magical moments!Being young together, crying over each...

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Calibrate Not Mediate

How changing the language caused a mindset shift. I don’t mediate. Yes, I understand all of the health benefits of doing it. And I even did it somewhat regularly at one point in my life. But it’s hard. It’s boring. More importantly, it’s time-consuming. Oh, wait. It’s...

read more

Are You Interested or Committed?

I was listening to a great interview with John Assaraf, where he was talking about his first mentor. Before he took him on, the mentor wanted to know if John was interested in, or committed to, reaching his goals. I’m fascinated by people who make a life-changing...

read more

Take All That You Have and Be Poor

As a poetry-loving Catholic who can’t memorize Bible verses like a Protestant, I finally figured out why I always get the wording of a popular teaching wrong. Twenty-some years ago Wendell Berry came into my world. And I subconsciously transposed a line from...

read more

The 7 Deadly Sins of Writing

Writing is hard. Writing well is even harder. Even if we leave aside the delicate matters of inspiration and creativity, there are many pitfalls on the path to a great piece of content. A lot of opportunities to mess up. Some of them are unforgivable and are basically...

read more

I Hate the Midwest and it is Amazing for Personal Growth

Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own. — Bruce Lee Doing that right now… The Midwest has my family by the metaphorical balls again. Hand firmly placed around intimate parts poised with the threat of a clenched fist. If that’s...

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The Man Who Never Was

My name is Pliny, and I am an old man dying in a large bed. In a few days or even tomorrow, I will no longer be here. One advantage of this precarious situation is that I can now speak about forbidden things. No longer intimidated by the threat of death, I wish to...

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Mother’s Kind

The kind of loving we should gravitate towards.  I tried to conjure up her image in my head. Her shoulder-length deep brown hair. Her beautiful twinkling pair of eyes. Her rather plump cheeks. Her pink lips, in the shape of a heart. Her smile, the kind that lighted up...

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The You That Is Also You

Embracing the dichotomies of self How often do you hide the real you? The things you love, in secret, perhaps? The you that retires in safety just below the epidermis and only surfacing when it feels safe. The right company. The right crowd. This contrasting self...

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How to Find Your Calling with 3 Easy Lists

God has a unique calling on each one of us, our unique contribution to the world. The powers of darkness are terribly afraid of it because when you walk in your calling, they lose real estate. The enemy’s strategy is to so grievously wound us, as early in life as...

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Breaking Hearts

Hearts are breaking around the world Suffering as hunger and poverty grows, Conditions tragically breaking their spirits Taking their toll on millions each day. Oppression of many by a few dictators Thrives in far too many places, Sometimes violent with many deaths...

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5 Proven Strategies to Handle Disappointment

Disappointments are part of life. Sometimes they seem to ruin the day — or the week. You are disappointed when your expectations are not met. So how do you overcome the disappointments that come your way? We cannot let the disappointments we experience destroy us. How...

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Always Becoming

New thoughts arise in every moment Part of this journey in our becoming, Never finished, always evolving Dynamism inherent in who we are. Dreams floating from us in the night Phantom warriors in our subconscious, Sometimes reminders from our pasts At others, new...

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Why “Live in the Present Moment” is Terrible Advice

Don’t fall into the Mindfulness Trap Photo by Simon Migaj on Unsplash Why “Live in the Present Moment” is Terrible Advice Don’t fall into the Mindfulness Trap Here’s a seemingly dumb question with a counterintuitive answer — Would you rather experience a...

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If Only

I thought of you todaynot fleeting snapshots,but long reflections. Clear pictures in my memory,stored in baggiesto keep them safe. Your dwindling voice fadeslike a sunset,barely there. I thought of you todayas I wiped away tears,that come unannounced. The day you...

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Here’s Why You Need To Bring Out The Best Version Of You

It’s Our Responsibility You must’ve heard of “personality traits.” Like INTP, or ESFJ, etc. The 4 letters determine your character traits’ category. Are you an extrovert, a performer? Do you believe in your sense perceptions or facts and figures? Do you have a...

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I’m Grateful for My Catlike Reflexes!

Narrowly Escaping a Wreck on My Drive to Work Other than the lighter traffic, this morning’s drive to work was typical. At first.  Sometimes Traffic is Better Cars move slower in traffic. Unless you’re right on the bumper of the person in front of you, the...

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It’s Not All About You

People tend to do whatever they want. Thank goodness for laws. The result of actions can play a big or small part in society. Some people may use the following phrases to describe their feelings about other peoples actions. “ I don’t care what they do behind closed...

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Great Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Help for those who are having trouble sleeping. At the moment I am being blessed with wonderful sleeps. That has not always been the case. I have thought about the reasons and have a few suggestions for the nights when sleep eludes you. I read Philip Yancey’s article...

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Drinking Should Have Killed Me

Drinking makes me bolder. A trait which I don’t possess when I’m sober. A confidence that is unashamed, the power of which I piece together the following morning through hazy memories and text messages from friends. Shyness entered my life around the same time as...

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Preparing for Death

The information provided in this short series is morbid to many people, especially here in America. Death and all of its aspects are considered cold and unfeeling. In many ways, preparing for the inevitable is like walking the road less traveled. Here are four things...

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Coming Home Again

“Maybe this isn’t home, nor ever was — maybe home is where I have to go tonight. Home is the place where when you go there, you have to finally face the thing in the dark.” Stephen King, It If you’ve never left, you’ll never imagine what coming home again is really...

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The Best Way to Learn Anything

Never back down from a mental challenge again. So, you’ve found a nice, comfortable place to read. Peaceful and quiet, you settle down to dig into that new book everyone has been raving about all year. Seconds tick away as the worries of life fade into the shadows. ...

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My idea of heaven

I am not sure if I really believe there is a heaven or some other form of afterlife, or not. Being raised as a Catholic and attending Catholic schools I believed in heaven, basically because the priests and nuns gave me no other choice but to believe. This was my idea...

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This is Why It’s Not Too Late for You

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot During my second year of drama school my classmates and I tackled the works of Shakespeare, Beckett, Williams, and Ibsen. Each storyteller shared a unique vision of the world, transporting me from a...

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As a Young Fawn, I

As a young fawn, I with awkward step found an opening in the wood; unfolding eyes beheld and touched what I could little understand — that though I’d freely come to see, ’twas his hand that was drawing me.  I wished not that our eyes...

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Speak. Listen. Lead.

Question: What is the most important leadership skill? Answer: Knowing how to communicate. Why? Because leading is about relationships. Question: What is most talked about in making or breaking any relationship?” Answer: Knowing, or not knowing, how to communicate....

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Happiness, Where Will You Find It?

What is happiness anyway?  Is it a feeling?  Is it a state of mind? Is it waking up from a deep sleep and feeling revitalized?  Is it having the freedom to sit and write for half an hour?  Is happiness spending time with your loved one or...

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So Gray, Are My Days…

When it’s gray, So long seems the day. The sun is hidden,  And the dreary cold Comes unbidden The rain spruces up our nature,  But me, it bruises up. Not my skin,  But my feelings which are akin. Many a time,  I wonder if indeed I am naive? The...

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Gold Nuggets

The Art of Gift Giving It is the middle of January and Christmas is still not only a fresh memory, but very visible. I am at the tail end of packing things in boxes to be taken to the attic and my tree continues to lie in its tree stand outside on my porch. It’s...

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The “Feel-Good” Gospel

Lately, I have been hearing a lot about this so-called, dangerous, “feel-good” gospel. I have heard well-known preachers accuse other well-known preachers of preaching a “feel-good gospel.” They make the claim that those preaching such messages never mention God’s...

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A Dad to be Remembered

When my dad first died, I became upset because the world kept going. Everyone did their own thing without any respect to the fact that a good man passed away. Never again would anyone hear his voice. My niece and I wrote up pieces dealing with how we felt about his...

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Tales Of An Unfortunate Tattoo

I didn’t stop to think it might be a bad idea. My husband, Micah, and I were getting along at the time, not to mention the amount of substance abuse we were engaging in. I hadn’t yet been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, so I didn’t realize I was in the middle of a...

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The Problem Solving Strategy

Life Skills… “Analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts.Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.”  — Anonymous A hospital receptionist smelled smoke.  Searching for the source, she eventually discovered a soldering iron mistakenly left...

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Stronger Together: How Collaboration Makes You A Better Writer

You can go alone — but you shouldn’t Col·lab·o·ra·tion (noun)/kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/ 1. the action of working with someone to produce or create something. “he wrote on art and architecture in collaboration with John Betjeman” 2. traitorous cooperation with an enemy. “he...

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I Have Value And I Matter

You! Yes, you Everyone is important, including me.  I have important things to do and accomplish.  My ideas and opinions are important.  I bring value to those around me with my thoughts, words, and actions. I feel more important and valuable...

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Negative Experiences are Good For You

What a wild ride this life can be. From losing a grandmother in the middle of my first semester of graduate school to having my daughter born six weeks early later in the same year, I’ve been through some rough patches recently. And yet, 2017 was my best year ever....

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Trying is Worth Doing

Why Yoda was wrong The fact that I didn’t want to get up today reminds me I need to try.  Try is a word that has a lot of guilt associated with it. It’s what your supervisor says when your performance isn’t up to par. “You need to try harder.” Or when you’re late...

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4 Parents-1 Daughter

My Daughter’s Modern Family During the Autumn of 2009, on a rainy, chilly day, my daughter and I sat in silence watching the rivers of water trickle down the window panes. We lived in the country, just outside of a small town, at the time. She was just 17-years-old...

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Things I’ve Learned in the Year Since My Son’s Death

Grief has taught me some good lessons. It’s been about a year since my oldest son, Nick, passed away. It’s been a year of grief and healing, despair and hope. Sometimes all of them at once. I’ve changed. The loss of one of my children literally changed me into a...

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Are You Willing To Do Anything To Change Your Life?

If so, start with this It’s no secret the life we’re living right now is the result of our thoughts and actions. Sure, there are some things that seem like they fall out of the sky directly on top of our heads. But if we’re honest about it, we can see how past...

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The unslakeable mendicants we are

How complacency in life helps you to live a better life… Yeah, buddies, I am speaking of you and me. We are all beggars in our own ways. Opulence or indigence is purportedly not the marker for our mendicancy and the incessant banging on the doors high above. Beggars...

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How to Rebel Against Reality

What we call reality is not real. Science agrees with Democritus’s wildly accurate conjecture that reality is atoms floating in empty space. And it goes even further in establishing the insubstantiality of things. For instance, atoms are not small blocks of...

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Your Worth is Not Defined By the Money You Earn

I have felt it often and I know of many mothers who feel it a lot of times. Especially if you are not an “earning member”. Feeling that you are not worthy because you do not have a steady income.  You see others around you bringing in money and wonder if you are...

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Paint

Paint me a deeper shade of blue, I am not enough of the night sky I wish to twinkle. Paint me the globe burning of sun orange and yellowexcitement and Spring, for I need the birth of new thingswithin. Paint me a delicate pink one that adores and smells of...

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Too Much for a Funeral?

Whether it is a small family-owned and run funeral home or it is a large corporation that owns hundreds or thousands of funeral homes and cemeteries, businesses operate in order to make a profit. However, there is a huge difference between a locally owned and operated...

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Searching for Childhood as an Adult

As a child, I had a hard time because I wanted to be older, and now I have a hard time because I don’t want to grow up. I took pride in being the “mature one.” The child with the highest aptitude for sitting at the adult table. Silent and observing. I was pretending...

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Want To Reach Your Goal? Do One Thing, Literally

For the past two years I have been running a style blog and just recently I discovered I’ve been wasting time. The past week has simply been a ball of confusion: I’ve changed the direction of my blog, trying my hand at flipping houses, writing articles for another...

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The Tantalizing Truth About Really Amazing Writers

We all can be amazing, right? Or can we? Like the young man in the mouth of the cave — it’s all about what we see. And what we choose to look at as writers will set us apart from the crowd.  Imagine the mouth of the cave is moveable, like a camera’s...

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How to Agree in 3 Questions

The Key We know agreement is a key to any kind of successful partnership, whether it’s in business, a marriage, or a creative partnership. Unity is a powerful thing that can weather any storm. When troubles destroy a relationship, be it a marriage or a business or...

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7 Lessons From One Year Of Freelancing

Next month I’m celebrating one year of freelancing. This has been an amazing year, I’ve never enjoyed working more than now, and I’m so grateful for the experiences.  I’ve learned some things along the way, which I’m sharing not only as a written reminder to...

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Improvement Should Be Your Next Big Thing

How to get rid of those rotten habits once and for all. Most of the time, we do things without thinking twice about them. Because of a certain routine, our actions are left without much explanation. We do it because it’s what we’re used to. Scroll through Twitter....

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Short Story: Power Grid

Gabby ran to the nearest safe spot she could find. The air smelled of gas, dead bodies, and trash. It has only been 3 days since the power grid went out. No answers on who or what caused it. Gabby was at home at when the power went out. Her parents took her to a...

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Can People Be As Smart As Seeds?

Seeds are wondrous little packets of DNA, but they are much more than that. They contain nutrients, proteins, cells for storage, structures for dispersal, and attractive features that help other living beings spread them far and wide. But seeds are also notable for...

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5 Lessons on Writing and Creativity by Ray Bradbury

What I Learned from Reading ‘Zen in the Art of Writing’ “There is only one type of story in the world. Your story.” — Ray Bradbury The man who wrote a book about a future society in which books were banished and burned (this would be my ultimate nightmare), wrote...

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Forget Your New Year’s Diet

Ditch the deprivation and Do This Instead So you fell off the wagon this festive period. Like…BUMP! Yes, you needed to anaesthetise yourself through those family functions, but still, you cruised from canapé to canapé, loosening your waistband as you went. It’s not...

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How Finally Listening to my Girlfriend Changed My Life

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway Women always say “Men don’t listen” and they are correct. We do not listen especially when people are trying to help us. We think we know best and are...

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When Buffed Met Saggy…

How The Hell Does That Happen? So I bet you’re wondering how in the world did “Buffed Meet Saggy”? I might as well state the obvious, (or for some of you who aren’t that familiar with me), the not so obvious. I am like a walking conundrum. A polarizing dilemma, if you...

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How To Create Empowering Habits To Supercharge Your Life

Stop wishing, start doing, and take command of your life “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” — John Dryden How you go about your daily routines ultimately determines the life you live. How can you fill your life with abundance and...

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Don’t Get Used To It

Learning the art of appreciation. Where do I begin? It’s always a bit tricky when it comes to relationships. It’s not always easy. We all know that. One of the strangest things that happened when I was in high school is that no matter how inexperienced I was in...

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I’m a Writer, And I Hate SEO

So should I ignore it and just write? Every time I write a blog post, I play the SEO game.  I’m fortunate enough to have a plug-in that tells me when I’ve checked enough items off my list to please the Google gods.  It can take anywhere from 10–30 minutes to...

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Unmanaging Emails: Talk is not cheap

This is a personal story about my “Love-Hate” relationship with email. When the first email programmes became commercial round 1976, I was 13 years old. This teenager lived by a river in Australia and spent most of her time on High School, homework, reading, and...

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The 3 things I did in 2018 that changed my life forever

I am 28 years old, and although I’ve had some pretty incredible years in my short life, none of them can touch 2018.  This is the year everything changed.  As a result of several “life-quakes” back in 2016, all the plates of my person were suddenly not as...

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Technology Teaches Higher Ed

Gone are the days of lecturing from the podium. Traditional teaching models create a false dichotomy of the student as the passive recipient of knowledge and the instructor as the all-knowing giver of knowledge. My classroom philosophy breaks this stereotype by using...

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Saying Goodbye!

In my previous article to this, I told a fun memory I had of my dad when I was a teenager. Remembering Life  Before my dad died in June of 2017, I went to visit my parents. I struggled with what I saw because he didn’t look the same. He had gone downhill while I...

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What Will Happen If You Pray: “Lord, surprise me.”?

Astonishing tales. I had been looking at ways to interact with God. I’ve been circling and circling. Not turning around and getting dizzy but circling my prayers. Letting them go round and round in my head and in my journal.  As I continued the study Draw...

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Sticker Shock at Funeral Homes

On the worst day of your life, the last thing you or your family should have to deal with is sticker shock. A quick perusal of this link will show a wide variety of prices that have to be considered. The average price of a funeral in the USA is currently between...

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Writing Versus Dreaming

As a teen, fun was to be found in telling my younger brother and sister stories. Everything dealing with creativity straight from the mind was so easy for me. They gave me a sentence or a title, and I would weave a web of fun and enchantment around them. The two of...

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Why You Should Stop Trying to Do Everything

Breaking free from distractions to focus on what moves you. “If you are trying to do everything, you will fail at everything.” —Matt D’Avella With all of the fancy new gadgets coming out every other day, there exists a pull to do multiple things at once. New features...

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Why Am I Here?

Bonsai thriving amidst cold winter airBright sun illuminates lively new scenes,Commuters all moving at hurried pacesHomeless huddled in tattered blankets. Contrasts in our current urban dramaAlways seen as it is presently lived,Musicians play at subway...

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Why You Should Read Your Favorite Books Again

And the Huge Impact it Has on Your Life “Why do you keep all these books on the shelves?” someone asked as I was showing them around our house. We stopped in the den where I have a few full bookshelves. They vary in size, shape, color, and topic, but each one is...

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It’s a Big Enough Pizza For Us All

You will get your perfect slice! I believe the Universe is big enough to hold us all. It can support all of our dreams. We all have different dreams, motivations and goals. We all have different styles of writing too. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.I mean who...

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How to End Your Worries, Anxieties, and Fears

A cure to your internal pain You worry about your relationships, your financial situation, your life and you worry about your loved ones. You feel anxious about taking a decision: “Maybe I’m not the best fit for this”. You fear the outcome of an event. You fear...

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How to Master the Fine Art of After-Work Emailing.

Hint: It is Your Key to Promotion. How to Master the Fine Art of After-Work Emailing. Hint: It is Your Key to Promotion. Image Credits: Pixabay.com We had assembled again for Jack’s party, his third in three years. This time, however, it was bigger and better. The...

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Eastern Philosophy in A Nutshell

For decades, I have studied Eastern philosophies, and everywhere I went I found teachings that created considerable confusion. This is not because Eastern philosophies are inherently subtle, nuanced, and infinitely complicated but because recognized teachers of...

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From Hobby to Job– How to Keep Writing Fun

You give up a few things when you start to make money from the thing you love… I began writing for fun. I didn’t really show it off to anyone because it was just for me to read. Sometimes I’d tell my stories to a relative, because Caribbean families, much like many...

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Without Robbing Your Dignity, May I Help You?

While waiting for my doppio espresso, I watched as a young woman struggled to put her drink into a coffee sleeve. Something you and I might take for granted. For many disabled people, the struggle for independence is strong. The desire to be seen as normal and...

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Wisdom Power

Wisdom derived from what we see Absorbing it daily as we live, Experiences rapidly accumulate Teachable moments every one. What power comes from all of this? Knowledge for our minds to hold, Interpreting what it really means Discerning values that we feel. Power when...

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Money is the root of evil

Money is the root of evil This piece of paper rules our lives Do we have enough to live? Do we have enough to give? Some have money to burn Spending cash on frivolities Money for new gold watches Money for pet haircuts and homes People who work all week To go to the...

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A Phoenix of Hope

To be reborn in your fireThat arises from your heartFrom the golden or the silver skiesYou came descending here With your colors that are fadingWithout regrets, without questionsBeyond shadow, beyond doubtTime for a new resurrection You can leave it all thereafterAs...

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7 awkward scenes confessing sins to Catholic priests

It’s good for the soul! I waited for my turn to kneel in the dark box, divided by an opaque screen, sinner on one side, priest on the other. The goal: Confess to the silhouette of a man who had the authority to forgive me and grant me absolution.  I detected a...

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How Will You Step Into Being Bold and Brave This Year?

Look, Mom, no hands! Remember when you were young and free? You were the star of your own show?  The feeling comes from being bold and brave. It’s like a child who goes to the circus to play because it’s fun. Standing in front of the funhouse mirror and...

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Tracks in the Sand

A poem from 40 years past. I turn to see my footprints in the sand  as wave after wave rolls in.  Now, here I stand, observing.  And though my footsteps be almost gone,  they remain, and perchance someone will follow.  But if someone sees my...

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A Heart of Compassion

Imagine God as a kindly grandfather Grandparents I can spot grandparents right away. It’s not the age differential but their interaction with children. Grandparents, especially boomers, tend to look younger than earlier generations and some become grandparents in...

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What Can Satisfy Your Hunger?

And are you hungry for the right things? How does your hunger influence how you live? Do you build your life around it? How do you make sure your hunger is healthy and good and not destructive? We need food for our physical health. But, more importantly, what do...

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If you are a boss you need to learn how to lead

Simply bossing people around is not good enough Let’s get things straight. A lot of bosses are terrible leaders. And it’s not because they are stupid or bad people in general. It’s because they don’t know how to lead. Take look at a typical boss. He’s most likely a...

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What I Have Is Enough

If you know enough is enough, you’ll always have enough I am content with my life as it is now.  I think about the riches I already possess instead of striving to acquire more. I focus on gratitude.  I find creative ways to express my thanks, so I...

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Bleu de France.

A short story about second chances The business of attending the funeral of a parent was no trivial matter. He was not going. In spite of having dressed the part: suit, tie, sapphire shirt, dress shoes, and cufflinks. He stood waiting for the taxi outside the hotel...

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Choosing to Acknowledge an Anonymous God

I was reading a news article the other day about Jayme Closs and the woman she met on the road, who by coincidence just happened to be a retired Child Protective Services worker. The other coincidence was that this woman had just arrived in Gordon, WI where her...

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Chronic Pain: Defy the Darkness

I fight an unwinnable battle every day, against myself. My immune system, determined to be a good boy is hell-bent on the destruction of everything it deems “foreign matter”. Unfortunately for me, that includes, well, me. But I’ve also beenfortunate in many ways. I’ve...

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What is your greatest fear as a writer?

This tweet was posted a few mornings ago by Kate Motaung from “Fiveminutefriday.com. I used to write and post from her weekly prompts. I still look at them, but haven’t offered anything lately. I realized I wasn’t being honest with the site and staying within the time...

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Waiting for her.

and Writing Poetry……. Golden chrysanthemums littered the frozen ground, Fading grasslands stretched towards the horizon. Rain sifted through the apple trees. A mournful cuckoo lamented the dying spring. I leaned over the ornate balustrade, A thousand memories filled...

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Productivity Hacks For Working Moms

Are you a working mom and struggling to get things done or meeting set deadlines? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed and wish for some extra help? Well, as a working mom, I can totally relate. More so, because my children are still little, which even makes the demands...

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Poised at the Crossroads of Parenting & Culture

Parenting is hard. But take heart. Here are 5 principles to help you bring your best self to the job and show how you can impact the world as you do. Here you are, with little people who see you as Mommy. Or Daddy. And you’re suddenly that person who’s supposed to be...

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7 Millennial Marketing Myths Busted

Throw everything you thought you knew about marketing to millennials out the window. Millennials have caused quite the controversy in recent years, whether it’s because we’ve killed another industry or we spend too much money on avocado toast. In 400 BC, Socrates...

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What are Your Song Lyrics?

Music is powerful. I am sure everyone agrees that music can change your mind frame, your mood, your energy and in many cases, your life.  Whether music affects you by its beat, its rhythm, its melody, or its lyrics, it moves you. There is even certain music that...

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Lord Have MERCY! Five Assurances He Does

You are in need of mercy. Yes, you are! We all need God’s mercy. Where is His mercy when we need it? In my pastoral ministry, I uncovered two disturbing thoughts. These beliefs hold Christians back from enjoying peace with God. One is the thought God had not quite...

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Choices We Make

Feeling cool breezes in early morn Light breaking across far horizon, Beings all around beginning to stir Peaceful moments in quite stillness. Contemplating nature’s gifts Gifts to embrace and enjoy, Always present for us to see If we let awareness behold them. So...

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5 Critical Lessons I Learned When I Stopped Writing

It’s ok to take a break sometimes If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been away from Medium and from writing in general — for 116 days to be exact, or a third of a year. That is a long time to be away from any endeavor, much less from something that a person has committed to...

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Running Meditation

Clear your mind with a run! When you hear the word meditation you probably think of someone sat legs crossed. Eyes closed. Hands rested on knees with index and thumb touching. With chanting music in the background.  A bunch of ‘hippies' that are probably signed...

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Who Do You Want Teaching Your Child?

This is a story I saw on Instagram, quoted verbatim: I made the mistake of downloading 1… ONE ABC learning game on my phone for my 2 year old daughter. smh Three weeks later I finally had enough (not that I had much of a choice, she broke my phone out of frustration...

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Dear Freelance, I Didn’t Know I Would Love You 100%

So, 2019 has begun, and in the first days of January, I suddenly felt a strange, immensely pleasant sensation inside: I work as a freelancer and I like it. Entirely. 100%. It shocks me. I’ve been familiar with freelance since I was 20, though I started to work in...

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A Lesson In Gratitude

Dodging the curveball I was given an unexpected and totally jacked up lesson in gratitude. I know I should be grateful for all that I’ve been given. I have a great husband and a beautiful grandbaby, I have a fantastic job and I get to write out all the stories in my...

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As a Young Fawn, I

As a young fawn, I with awkward step found an opening in the wood; unfolding eyes beheld and touched what I could little understand — that though I’d freely come to see, ’twas his hand that was drawing me.  I wished not that our eyes...

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Speak. Listen. Lead.

Question: What is the most important leadership skill? Answer: Knowing how to communicate. Why? Because leading is about relationships. Question: What is most talked about in making or breaking any relationship?” Answer: Knowing, or not knowing, how to communicate....

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You Already Have What You Need to Begin

It’s time we ditched the same old excuses. Take a look around and you’ll come across some of the most successful people in the world. They have fame. They have talent. They have it all. It becomes easy to put every one of them in the same box. Characterizing them as...

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Success Can Make You Weak

“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” — Proverbs 16:18 Last month I wrote my best performing article thus far on Medium. With over 12,000 views, 5,900 reads, and 400 fans, it stands far above everything else I’ve ever written. But...

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We Are Worms With Wings

Seeing ourselves in the beauty around us Have you ever seen a Monarch butterfly and a caterpillar side by side? I wonder what the conversation would be. I wonder if the butterfly would be telling the caterpillar about when she, herself, was just a caterpillar. I...

Yes, I Am A Survivor of Abuse, But I Am Okay Now

….I think?  If you follow me, at all (Thank you if you read my stories), you know that I had a less than wonderful childhood/ teen life.  My Past:  I grew up in a house of alcoholism and abuse. As a child, I was given the “gift” of sexual abuse and the...

Your Writing Matters. But This Matters Even More.

There are so many fantastic writers out there, it can be flat-out overwhelming. It is easy to get lost in the mix and wonder if the words you write have an impact. While your words do matter — your story matters more. You can tell your story in more than one...

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