motivational

Taking Stock: The Janus Factor

The old year passes. The new one slips into place. The creative mind and the practical one juggle for position on the rim of tomorrow. I stand on the brink of the unknown, contemplating the void before me. Do I step back from the edge or leap forward? My choice balances between what has been and what will be. Unable to resist the pull of temporal gravity, I shuffle closer, breathless, wondering, and stare into the face of the Janus Factor. You remember that ancient [...]

By |2016-12-29T16:10:26+00:00December 29th, 2016|Essays, inspirational, motivational, seasonal|0 Comments

Long Time, Longer Journey: A Groundhog in Training

The season's blessings approach this winter of my discontent and I, steeped in the release of my latest novel and deep into the draft of my next venture, have rarely looked up from the keyboard. Yes, I've been 'away' for a while. The nightmare in November, otherwise known as the election, has sapped my will to post. How to reconcile the angst in a way that followers of both political persuasions can accept? Still, I carry on, hiking the fields, staring at the pond, drawing [...]

By |2016-12-01T15:36:47+00:00December 1st, 2016|Essays, inspirational, motivational|0 Comments

Carving Pumpkins

  One of my favorite October rituals is carving pumpkins for Halloween. As soon as those orange gourds appear on the gardening lots, I experience a visceral need to stroll the fields, weighing the choices. It is not an easy decision. Size, weight, and surface area are integral to the creation of funny, spooky or downright creepy pumpkin faces. Once the selection has occurred, I load the potential jack-o-lanterns on my cart and, Sisyphus-like, push them toward the car. Once home, I spend more time [...]

By |2016-10-10T15:46:12+00:00October 10th, 2016|Essays, inspirational, motivational|0 Comments

A Gardener’s Guide to Writing (part II)

Status update: I'm feeling quite Juney these days. June bugs by the porch lights...Juneteenth celebration upcoming...anniversaries of June weddings...even the June-ipers are blooming with berries (okay, that one's a stretch, but the observation is true!). The raised garden beds rendered a fine crop of cool-weather spinach and lettuce. Now those plants are wilting, while the peas hang heavy on their stalks, the carrots and green onions are sprouting and the tomatoes...well, they're just getting started. To everything, as the Bible says, there is a season. [...]

By |2016-06-06T20:05:36+00:00June 6th, 2016|Essays, gardening, motivational|0 Comments

How I Lost My Voice…And Found It Again

The day, the hour, the moment muteness descended on my writing voice crouches in the deepest corner of my heart, waiting to pounce at unexpected times. As my son's birthday, May 27, approaches, I feel the memory uncurling, preparing to leap, determined to remind me that wounds can be dressed but some scars never heal. Dayton Children’s Hospital, September, 1973. 11:00 a.m. A doctor I do not know explodes from his office, lifts my three-month old infant from my grasp and swings him in the [...]

By |2016-05-13T14:28:09+00:00May 13th, 2016|Essays, inspirational, motivational|1 Comment

A Gardener’s Guide to Writing (part I)

Sorting through the need-to-be-shredded pile of papers in my loft library, a never-ending story in itself, I encounter the bazillion tiny scraps of ideas I've penned along the trajectory of my daily life. On napkins. On memo pads. Across post-it notes. Embroidered along the margins of conference handouts. All those instant flights of fancy that I just know will make a great story...someday. Feeding the whine of the machine that turns old bills into thin ribbons of recyclable material, I catch myself rescuing my jottings [...]

By |2016-04-28T15:59:57+00:00April 28th, 2016|Essays, inspirational, motivational|0 Comments

Making the Writer’s Dream Real: creating a vision board for 2016

While winter churns its way toward spring, here in the heart of January, I contemplate the road already traveled and make plans for the trip to come. As an assist to my musings, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared this 2015 annual report for my blog. (See below) How useful to see what I've been doing. Useful and instructive and a goad to starting the new year well. First, I look back at that which was. Since most of 2015 was consumed by work on [...]

By |2016-01-25T16:43:17+00:00January 25th, 2016|art, Essays, inspirational, motivational|1 Comment

Celebrating the Two-Headed Beast: A Toast to Time

New Year's Eve...one foot in the past, one in the future. We watch a ball drop, twine arms and sip champagne and the months of the old year wind out behind us like a scroll. January...weather alerts and bowl games. February...does he/she love me, does he  not? March...the winds blow, carrying the faint aroma of rebirth before the cold clamps down again. April, T.S. Eliot's cruelest month...but you get the picture. Twelve months gone. Our past is written, at times in lyric poetry, often in [...]

By |2015-12-30T15:35:39+00:00December 30th, 2015|Essays, motivational|0 Comments