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Redefined: A Year of Poetry Redefined: A Year of Poetry began as a word search for one-word titles. With two exceptions: each poem is one word defined—with various trappings of double meanings, juxtaposes of synonyms and antonyms, and allusions to scripture and literature, along with bits and pieces from personal experiences—to be read one at […]

Redefined: A Year of Poetry Redefined: A Year of Poetry began as a word search for one-word titles. With two exceptions: each poem is one word defined—with various trappings of double meanings, juxtaposes of synonyms and antonyms, and allusions to scripture and literature, along with bits and pieces from personal experiences—to be read one at […]

Join me each Wednesday for this virtual reading experience as I read a selection from Redefined: A Year of Poetry. By the end of the year, I will have read 52 of the 366 poems contained in this collection. I encourage you to subscribe to this blog in order to receive these readings and other […]

Seasonal patterns are often recognizable by the change of the weather. I can’t say that this is always true. Last year, my home-state experienced an early spring just before COVID-19 restrictions went into effect in March. This was an unexpected blessing because with all the cannots we could at least be outside. What is more […]

Just as there is more than one way to bowl a strike, there is more than one way to write a story. In fact, we ought to seek to write our stories in a unique way. As I was considering the adjustment bowlers need to make to the lane’s changing oil patterns, I realized that […]

Join me each Wednesday for this virtual reading experience as I read a selection from Redefined: A Year of Poetry. By the end of the year, I will have read 52 of the 366 poems contained in this collection. I encourage you to subscribe to this blog in order to receive these readings and other […]

My husband and my middle son are in a bowling league that meets on Monday nights. After several weeks of pause, they have been able to resume. But, since my husband had a prior commitment last night, I accompanied my son to the league. In the days prior, my son and I discussed the differences […]

Sometimes writers need a return to the basics. We need to consult with writing experts through publications, articles, and author groups. Sometimes all we need is a bit of encouragement to keep doing what we know we are able to do. Here are some of my favorite authors and “instruction manuals” about the writing life. […]

Join me each Wednesday for this virtual reading experience as I read a selection from Redefined: A Year of Poetry. By the end of the year, I will have read 52 of the 366 poems contained in this collection. I encourage you to subscribe to this blog in order to receive these readings and other […]

I learned something (actually, more than one thing) last week when I was using the self-clean cycle on my new oven. Replace what no longer works. The first oven in our home functioned nearly twenty years. I cannot say the same for our other major appliances. We have replaced the refrigerator and the dryer twice. […]

The other day I sent my husband a link about a program to help with plotting a novel. Actually, I was thinking a series of novels. (Slow down! Let’s not get too ahead of myself.) He studied it for a few minutes, but I could tell by his face that he was less-than enthusiastic. “I […]