A Texas Christmas

Big, bold,  and beautiful! Apt words to describe Texas where I celebrated Christmas with Justin's family. From homes to shopping and eating, this "Lone Star State" is expansive and welcoming! The past week has been filled with fun activities. We enjoyed fabulous times together eating and visiting. One of the highlights was meeting a new addition to the …

Selah

Off to the editor! There are solemn moments in a writer's life requiring Selah, pause and calmly think of this. These moments request a photograph in order to preserve for remembering. Yesterday culminated in such an amazing moment. After years of gathering life experiences into a loose leaf manuscript, I ceremoniously wrapped the bundle with …

Real World Creativity

                   Last night, I awakened thinking about my students. Teaching has been rough this year. "In your face" defiance, disruptive behavior, and verbal outbursts occur daily. I understand that many of them suffer from the ill affects of gang violence, foster care, and other challenges; but, knowing this does not make my blood pressure lower. Nevertheless, hopes to provide artistic opportunities found me …

The Scary Stuff!

           There is no race with writing. We plant ourselves beside the fountain of God's inspiration and drink deeply. Whatever flows from head and heart through pen is enough for the day.             At least this is what I tell myself when feeling poetic, inspired, and scared. To be perfectly honest, I procrastinate like the …

Life’s Little Delights

               There is something soothing about coming home to a quiet house; especially after a full day of raucous teens milling around the classroom. Upon arrival, I go about my simple rituals: brewing a cup of de-caf; preheating the handcrafted mug bought at a Renaissance Faire (Coffee seems to taste better when the mug …

Christmas Came Early this Year!

            Yesterday was a hard day for writing after coming down from my "creative high." Having pushed several projects forward, the inevitable plummeting into a slump had to do with the unpleasant stuff: paying the bills, finishing manuscript edits, and sending for use permission—all tedious and uncreative. By afternoon, I was depressed. Add to this, mismanagement …

The Glass of Refreshment

            Going public through blogging is far more difficult than imagined. I have not posted for over a week and struggle to decide what to share. I rationalize that life goes into closets at times, when one seeks retreating from public viewing. Like the intermittent pooling of a rushing mountain stream, I draw away from …

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