Category: On Life and Writing

Patty’s Principles

 July 3, 2013

Principle #1:  The key you need is always in the pocket opposite your free hand! Why is that?  It’s like those socks that disappear in the dryer.  Somehow they are transported to sock heaven or wherever it is socks go that have lived a good life of service to those small, but oh so essential parts […]

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Patty's Principles

 

Principle #1:  The key you need is always in the pocket opposite your free hand! Why is that?  It’s like those socks that disappear in the dryer.  Somehow they are transported to sock heaven or wherever it is socks go that have lived a good life of service to those small, but oh so essential parts […]

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Twenty Minutes of Whining

 June 28, 2013

As a teacher, my policy is to never ask my students to do something I’m not willing to do myself. When I assigned a two week feelings journal to my Substance Abuse class many years ago, I figured I should do it as well. So for one summer I poured out my feelings into notebook […]

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Wardrobe Picture

 June 21, 2013

Picture of wardrobe from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, that I was unable to post before.  Learn something new ever day!  Picture courtesy of Tiffany Coulter.  Thank you, Tiff!

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Adventures in Writing – Learning from Mistakes, part 2

 

Adventures in Writing – learning from mistakes, part 2 My first book, Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Moms, came out twenty years ago and was a small hit with sales exceeding my publisher’s expectations. Had I known then what I know now, I would have parlayed that small success into a career in writing. […]

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The Wardrobe at Wheaton

 June 14, 2013

The Wardrobe at Wheaton             I browsed the crowded dining room, tray in hand, looking for someone from the conference to sit with, when I saw the speaker from the previous night sitting by himself. Ordinarily I would never have been so bold as to sit with a speaker from a conference but he had […]

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Finding and Following Your Passion???

 May 31, 2013

Graduates through the nation are being told, “Follow your passion.” But what if your passion is to do God’s will? That leaves you with a broad range of possibilities. I love writing but I love God more. I love writing precisely because I experience God through writing. I feel close to God when I am […]

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Writing 2012

 May 23, 2013

I wrote this in January of this year but waited to post it until I felt ready to devote sufficient time to blogging.  Since then little has changed.  2013 is looking a lot like 2012.  So I thought I would go ahead and post now. Writing 2012 In 2012 I had one article accepted for […]

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Adventures in blogging

 May 16, 2013

I’m not much of a blogger. I’ve come into this in a back handed way. My first effort was to publish one of my novels one chapter at a time with the idea that it would go viral and result in a real publishing deal. I put out one chapter and when there was no […]

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What's In a Name?

 January 31, 2013

What’s In a Name?             St. Mary Grade School.  First Grade.  Sr. Rosarita sends one of her students to Sr. Stella’s third grade class.  Her mission:  to procure a pair of scissors.             Sr. Stella, happy at the interruption, stops her class and asks the student her name.           “My real name is Patricia but […]

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