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It’s Just Words

If you watched the presidential debates last night you may have witnessed a few odd things. First, how awkward it is that they’re allowed to roam around the stage. As my grandma always said when I paced, SIT DOWN! You’re making me nervous! Second,…

Mr. Fuzzington — Inspired by Robyn Orme

Originally posted on Susie Finkbeiner:
Today’s story is inspired by Robyn Orme. Robyn works at Great Lakes Christian College. Here’s her story idea… 9 year old dog. Modern American home. The child he has loved and cared for is leaving for college in another…

The Work of Your Hands

It doesn’t get old, cutting the strip of tape on the box and pulling up the flaps, scrunching up the layer of packing paper off the top to reveal stacks of your book. Your book. The one you cried over, stressed over, almost gave…

Remember This

  We went for one last swim in the river the night before school started. The kids ran into the water at top speed, tripping over their own feet and falling into clumsy dives, splashing for all they were worth. They did underwater headstands…

Grandma Moses, Late Starts, and Joy in the Work

The other day my family and I visited the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin. We saw art from Bouguereau, Picasso, Calder, and ancient pottery and coins from Rome. We also saw quite a few nudes which caused one of my 8 year old…

Permission to Rest

The plan was to start writing the first draft of a novel this summer. I’d write hard and fast so that, by fall, I’d be able to get to editing. I felt the stress and pressure of needing to get going on this book, due March…

A letter to my 19 year old self

Hey, Happy Birthday. You’re me half a lifetime ago. I’m 38 now. It seems old to you, I know. But it’s gone by in a snap for me. So much happens to you before you become me. You have a lot of really great…

Starbucks, Hard and Fast Work, Chatty Friends

I showed up at Starbucks for my dose of caffeine. My intention was to start working, hard and fast, first thing. 8:00 am on a Monday morning. It was going to set the frantic pace for this week. And I was going to start…

My Least Favorite Presidential Candidate

I have a love/hate relationship with election years. You may not know this about me (because I refuse to enter political discussions online or in person) but I am intrigued by our government. Most specifically, I can’t get enough of those silly little politicians….

In Celebration of Good Enough

 Hands up in you’re a perfectionist. I see ya. Yup, you, too. And over there. You know, there are those who might be surprised to see my hand waving in the air like I just don’t care. I mean, I do care.  A lot….

On fitting more reading into your life

I read a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Part of that is because I don’t watch a ton of TV (never seen Downton Abbey…I know, I know). Also, I just truly enjoy the art of a well written story. Still. I read a…

My Review of A Cup of Dust by Susie Finkbeiner

Originally posted on PART-TIME NOVEL:
I sincerely apologize to Susie Finkbeiner and anyone else who read the unedited post yesterday! Here is the do-over review of her latest book, A Cup of Dust. One thing I love about living in Grand Rapids, Michigan is…

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