Category: On Life and Writing

The Joy in Doing One Thing at a Time

 February 20, 2019

Something strange has happened over the last few weeks. Perhaps it was the winter cold and snow, turning my blood into slow-flowing molasses in my veins. (Think of it as playing a 78rpm record at 33rpms for those of you old enough to remember what this is.) Perhaps it just because I’m growing older. Or […]

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A Lesson from the Ostrich – Job 38:17

 February 13, 2019

Each Monday morning I spend an hour in quiet contemplation at the adoration chapel at St. Joseph church. I love this time. Time to just sit with God and see what God has in store for me. I usually read the psalm that I am blogging about that week. Little did I expect to learn […]

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Merry Christmas

 December 24, 2018

“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all […]

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A Writer’s Nightmare

 December 21, 2018

Have you ever dreamed that you opened up Microsoft Word and all of your documents were gone? That happened to me and it wasn’t a dream. It was a real-life writer’s nightmare. I didn’t panic because I knew I had backed up my files to an external hard drive recently. I had also saved my […]

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NaNoWriMo 2018

 December 4, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 is done. I now have 52,501 words as the basis for book eight of my Dancing through Life series. It’s a wonder to me that I made it, as ill-prepared as I was going into the month. There’s something about having a public goal and knowing so many other writers have that same […]

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Birthplace of the Republican Party – Jackson, MI

 November 9, 2018

One of Jackson County Michigan’s claims to fame is that it is the birthplace of the Republican Party. (There is some dispute over this with Ripon, Wisconsin. Click here to learn more.) Another but lesser known claim to fame is its role in the Underground Railroad. The two are related, as I learned through my […]

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – NaNoWriMo Time!

 November 1, 2018

It’s NaNoWriMo time! Time to sharpen those pencils if you are old-school, or prepare to hit that keyboard to write 50,000 words in one month. Earlier this week I wrote about the reasons why I love November in my post, Season of Gratitude. To those reasons I add NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. Past […]

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Season of Gratitude

 October 29, 2018

I love November! Much as I’m aware of the importance of giving thanks throughout the year, I need this time to remind me and help me develop an attitude of gratitude. I need this Season of Thanksgiving, Season of Gratitude! Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for years. It doesn’t require buying a lot of […]

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September 11 – Redeeming the Day

 September 11, 2018

On a rainy September 11, in 2010, on the campus of Michigan State University, my daughter Ruth married her college sweetheart. They had been aware of the significance of the day as they struggled to find a date that worked. They finally determined that this was one way to redeem a day fraught which such […]

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