Encouragement, Faith, Family, Gratitude, Thanksgiving

How Do We Go Through Disappointments and Still Be Grateful?

In preparation for our Thanksgiving gathering, we moved the living room sofa out, rearranged the coffee table and other stuff and fit in three tables so we could be all together in one room. Halloween used to be one of the top holidays around my house until the kids grew up and moved out. Now, there… Continue reading How Do We Go Through Disappointments and Still Be Grateful?

Encouragement, Faith, Inspiration, life lessons

How To Live Before You Die

  The last week was a blur. I attended the Association of Writing Professionals (AWP) 43rd conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center with three of my writing group sisters. The week of 'conferencing' was a good one, inspiring and fun, but when I say conference I mean a 12,000 peopled flow of writers, editors,… Continue reading How To Live Before You Die

Creativity, difficult times, Encouragement, Faith, Frank de Acosta, Inspiration, poetry

How Love Trumps Hate – A Poem and Photograph

  Alchemy is an ancient practice shrouded in mystery. Its practitioners sought to turn lead into gold through a purification process involving heat. The word "transformation" is a synonym for alchemy. So is "magic" and "power," both which can describe love. Love, an emotion, is also a quality we all need more of during these… Continue reading How Love Trumps Hate – A Poem and Photograph

Encouragement, Faith, Inspiration, Writing

Don’t Meltdown When You Feel Like Giving Up

Have you ever had months or weeks when you just want to throw up your hands and give up? One of those weeks when not much made sense, you asked 'why?' and the gloomy clouds outside matched your mood? Yeah, I had a month of those weeks in my writing life. But a great thing… Continue reading Don’t Meltdown When You Feel Like Giving Up