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purposeful ponderings

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the writing life.

Have you ever fallen flat on your face? I’m not talking about figurative times when you’ve faced a failure in life. I mean the question quite literally. As in, have you ever been waving goodbye to the hosts of a party and their friends only to catch the toe your shoe on the crack between […]

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the writing life.

What do you think is the most important question in life? I confess I’ve been procrastinating about answering this question. I haven’t been entirely sure what the question is. There are a lot of questions we ask or are asked that may or may not be the most important one. If and when we ask […]

Here are the books I read last month. Many were audio books because I was working on projects or listening while walking or driving. I am also reading several Kindle books right now, which I hope to review next month. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: Four Stars. I had to get used to the dramatization, […]

Confession: I don’t write every day. Sometimes there are no words. I mean, I can’t find them anywhere. Trust me, I’ve even looked under the couch. Maybe they are in the vacuum, and I threw them away with the dust bunnies. But, then sometimes, dust bunnies find their way into my poems, and the vacuum […]

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the writing life.

“What do you do, even when you don’t feel like it?” I’m not sure why this question stumped me. It took talking with my mom to figure it out. It required remembering one of the hardest things I have to make my own kids do every day. It is the first thing to be done […]

I can across a formatting issue that forced me to reassess the use of a poem in my collection to be published later this year. Not only did the poem fail to fit onto the required page size, but the embedded formatting skewed all the other pages. So annoying was this quandary of trying to […]