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Musings from a visiting trip

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Last week my sister and I took a visiting trip. With her three little ones packed in the minivan, we set off for Wisconsin to visit with family. We stayed with an aunt and uncle in Mayville. We visited with a cousin in Waupon, grandparents in Beaver Dam, and an…

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Water

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Sometimes my heart gets a bit dry and crusty. Life tugs at me and I foolishly fix my eyes and mind upon the latest and greatest bauble I think I must have. Such distractions have lately become less distracting; I’ve been awoken from my sleepy state. (I’m still a bit…

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People COME to America

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When I hear people criticize our country’s healthcare, government, and leadership, I think it’s great that we live in a land where we can state our opinions without being killed or imprisoned. But I also think that we should step up and give and be agents of change instead of agents of complaining. Sometimes I think we are just a bit spoiled (myself the worst of any).

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One big self-soothing gala

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A coffee here. A book there. Small indulgences creep into our lives quietly. Each of us hears a different call. You may head out for the latest gadget. Or cookies perhaps. Or a new game, or a hat. Whatever small indulgence tugs at your ear and captures your gaze, it…

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Now we can rest!

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Our culture is anything but a culture of rest. We work hard and push ourselves to the limit with our work and our play. As motivation, we fix our eyes on one whole week each year when we might be able to take a break and go on vacation. It…

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Which type of writer are you?

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In preparation for the Write-to-Publish conference, I visited the Web sites of several publishers that were to be in attendance there. An editor from Pray! magazine (also representing its sister-publication Discipleship Journal) was on the schedule, so I visited the site to review its submission guidelines. This is how the…

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Today is June twenty-third-rd

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Yes, I am a grammar geek. I admit it. And I am tortured by what I see. As I begin my blogging life (I’m just 1 week old), I must post an official comment on the format of the date for each post. “June 23rd, 2007” What’s with the “rd”?…

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How do you ‘Learn the Craft’?

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Tell me, how do you learn the craft?  It’s easier than I thought. And more difficult. Learning the craft of writing requires my whole heart. That’s simple, but it’s not easy. I just attended the Write-to-Publish conference in Wheaton, Illinois. It was fabulously intense, challenging, and motivating. One of the guest speakers was…

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Scratching Upon the Walls

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Why I Write For some time now I have wrestled with my writing. Not merely to get the words out and on the page, but I have also wrestled whether or not the words should be there at all. I have wondered if the world needed yet another person’s scribblings…

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