memoir, The Blog of Missing

28 days into a dark summer

I’m tired. So very. Jake must be tired–where’s he sleeping? Did he eat today? Now, every time I see a homeless person, I think, That’s some mother’s child. I had compassion before; this is different. Before, I speculated and sympathized. Now I know. How can I build something good from this? I’ve started something rough–if… Read More 28 days into a dark summer

Best Year Ever, Grace

The appearance of things

The appearance of things change according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.  ~Kahlil Gibran Be ugly, see ugliness. Be merciful, see mercy. Be deceitful, see deceit. Be joyful, see joy. Whatever we see out there is true within us. My… Read More The appearance of things

Musings, Thoughts on Notes from the Universe

Extraordinary challenges = extraordinary gifts

From Notes from the Universe: “If you understood the extraordinary gifts that every single challenge in your life makes possible, even inevitable, you’d celebrate your challenges, new and old alike, as the omens that they are of new beginnings and spectacular change.” and “Raise your sights and broaden your steps. Because doing one without the… Read More Extraordinary challenges = extraordinary gifts

Musings, Thoughts on Notes from the Universe, Writing

Uncertainty and Inspiration

From Notes from the Universe: At any point in one’s life, the greater the uncertainties they face, the greater their chances of hitting a major, life-changing “home run.” I am learning how to embrace uncertainty, but I’ve had to approach this concept in baby steps. I tend to prefer the known, but not for a… Read More Uncertainty and Inspiration

A Day in the Life of a Writer, the craft of writing, Videos

A Day in the Life of a Writer: What Makes a Good Story?

A beginning, a middle, and an end. Yeah, thanks. Knew that, right? Check out this TED talk from Karen Thompson Walker, and consider using your own fears to write well-developed stories.  Those fears ARE stories, after all, complete with characters and horrible things happening and an aftermath.  Don’t we create stories all the time? Pema… Read More A Day in the Life of a Writer: What Makes a Good Story?