Category: On Life and Writing

What to Give a Writer for their Birthday

 June 26, 2019

Happy birthday to me! It’s my birthday. You reach a certain age and giving gifts becomes more important than receiving them. What can you give someone who has everything? I plan to celebrate my birthday by taking two of my grandsons to see Toy Story 4 then out for a treat. However, there is something […]

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Diverse Characters – How Do You Write Them?

 June 20, 2019

Diversity is a current buzz word in publishing. Publishers want books with diverse characters. In 2013, when I thought about writing the first book in my Dancing Through Life Series, Dancing on a High Wire, I envisioned the character of Esther being black and thereby providing diversity. However, following the adage, “write what you know,” […]

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Freedom Dance – Now Available for Pre-Order!

 June 13, 2019

We here in the America are so blessed. We have so many freedoms. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to choose who we marry and where we live. Often we take these freedoms for granted. As does Letty in Freedom Dance, the latest novel in the Dancing through Life Series. We forget the price […]

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How the Enneagram Has Changed over the Past Forty Years

 June 6, 2019

My experience with the Enneagram has changed greatly over the past forty years. My first experience with the Enneagram was almost forty years ago, in the fall of 1979. At the time I was a candidate with the Adrian Dominican Sisters (what was formerly called a postulant). I always liked learning so when the opportunity […]

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Why Can’t Life be Like Writing?

 May 25, 2019

Why can’t life be like writing? I’ve been asking myself this this week after a friend found a solution to a major problem in his manuscript by the addition of an introduction. I’ve also experienced this at times. I reread a manuscript, thinking I’ve got major editing to do, only to move a chapter here […]

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A World Where It Is Easier to be Good – Is That Possible?

 May 16, 2019

On Tuesday I blogged about “Is it possible to create a world where it is easier to be good,” using Psalm 72 as the basis for this post. Because this topic warrants more time, I’m continuing it in this post. Working for a World Where It Is Easier to be Good In my twenties I […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

 May 10, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there! Whether you are physically a mother or nurturing others as an aunt, sister, teacher, nurse, friend, or in any of the many ways we women nurture and sustain others, I hope you have a great day. Even if not a mother ourselves, all of us […]

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Twelve Steps and Depression – Is there a Program for That?

 April 25, 2019

One of the characters in Beautiful Questions, book six of my Dancing through Life series, suffers from clinical depression. I researched depression, the many different treatments, but as I wrote the book, it occurred to me that an important part of healing may entail having a support group of others in the same situation. I […]

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Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter!

 April 20, 2019

Wishing everyone a joy-filled and Happy Easter! My article, “Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter,” was featured in St. Anthony Messenger this month. If you haven’t read it yet, click here and check it out! Finally winter is gone (though we had snow last weekend), spring is here and time for new life. So often we […]

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Saints and Sickness – What Is the Correlation?

 April 17, 2019

For the past few years, I have received daily emails with the Saint of the Day from Franciscan Media. I don’t spend a lot of time reading these. If I’m too busy or miss a couple of days, I might delete a few without reading but for the most part I do at least a […]

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