Category: On Life and Writing

Lessons from Madeleine L’Engle

 May 2, 2024

Recently, as part of the Festival of Faith and Writing, I attended a presentation by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter entitled, Rejection, Revision, Repetition: Lessons Learned from an Unpublished Novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It was precisely what I needed to hear. There were so many ways that L’Engle’s story was helpful. Below are my lessons from Madeleine […]

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The Many Faces of Alzheimer’s

 February 26, 2024

Chances are you are familiar with the stereotypical faces of Alzheimer’s – empty gaze, lack of recognition of friends and family, incontinence. But there are so many more faces of Alzheimer’s, each as unique as the person behind the face. Personal Experience with Alzheimer’s In my twelve years as chaplain at a retirement community, I […]

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Hearts and Ashes

 February 12, 2024

This year, Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day, February 14. What do they have in common? Hearts and ashes? Both celebrate love! What greater love is there than the love of God who chose to become a man so that we would have a God who knows what it is to […]

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The Civil War Controversy

 January 11, 2024

The recent civil war controversy over Nikki Haley’s response to the question about the cause of the Civil War has brought back memories of Stillwell Junior High School and my history teacher William Nicholas. When Mr. Nicholas asked us what caused the Civil War, our response was “Slavery, duh.” “Are you sure?” he questioned back, […]

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What Can I Do? Thank you. Sr. Martha

 November 21, 2023

This past week I read the Facebook post by Fr. James Martin about the passing of his friend and mentor, Sr. Martha Buser. I have never met Sr. Martha (nor have I met Fr. James Martin though I follow him on X, aka Twitter) but I was inspired by her, in particular by what she […]

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How to Use the Enneagram to Create Diverse Characters

 November 17, 2023

Most writers are aware of the axiom – write what you know. That certainly is the case for character development. When we start out, we tend to create characters that are like us. That might work for the first or second book, but eventually it gets to be boring and repetitious. We need to create […]

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New Christmas Book Now Available for Pre-Order


Are you ready to roll out the holly, start the holiday baking, trim the tree and listen to endless Christmas music? Why not start with a collection of Christmas stories? My Christmas book is now available for pre-order. If you love Christmas and stories (and who doesn’t?), you will love Christmas in Cascade Falls, small […]

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Why Dog is God Spelled Backwards

 October 9, 2023

Have you ever wondered why dog is God spelled backwards? Was it some random fluke of the English language? Or one of God’s happy coincidences? I like to think the latter. Seamus Last week our dog, Seamus, was put to sleep after an aggressive form of lymphoma ravaged his body. No longer able to gulp […]

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Harvester Island, 2023 – A Feast for the Senses!

 September 19, 2023

During the first week of September, I enjoyed a feast for the senses as part of a writer’s retreat on Harvester Island, one of the many islands off of Kodiak Island in Alaska. Harvester Island – Fish Camp Harvester Island is the site of an active fish camp, one of a dwindling number, with boats […]

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Christmas in July!

 July 18, 2023

My Christmas in July gift to you–the short story, Follow the Star, part of my upcoming book: Christmas in Cascade Falls. Christmas in Cascade Falls: Follow the Star      Despondent over multiple losses, Wesley and Hattie had decided to forego Christmas this year. But then a delivery shows up at their door on Christmas Eve, a […]

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