Category Archives: writing

Are Names Important?

Being part of a writing group has increased my interest in the importance of names and how they fit a character–or not. Irma or Jezebel? Caleb or Timothy? When our son Paul was about six months old, his sister Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Nothing Lasts

Lucky me. Because of a project I’ve been working on, I was forced to read several short stories in some literary journals. Okay, that’s not completely accurate. I looked at the journals to become more familiar with various style sets, … Continue reading

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Penelope’s Ghost

  I’ve never been much of a fiction writer. The truth: I’ve never been a fiction writer at all. But then something happened after I became part of a writing group. Everyone else wrote short stories, novels, poems, and music. … Continue reading

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Little Moments

What have you been writing lately? Are you working on anything? Those are questions I hear frequently. I’m always writing something, even if it’s a gratitude list, some journal entries, a blog post, or a reply to a student’s discussion post. … Continue reading

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A Circle of Quiet

Yesterday I finally got around to posting a review of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Circle of Quiet on Amazon. A lovely book of reflections on the author’s life experiences, opinions, and beliefs, it had me at this sentence found near the … Continue reading

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Dick, Jane, and Hiawatha

Last night I met someone who told me about a family history book given to her by a relative. “It was more like genealogy,” she said, “and I wish there had been some stories in it.” “I know what you … Continue reading

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Love/Hate Relationship

Powerful. Compelling. Unsettling. Instructional. These and other descriptors depict my thoughts and feelings on pretty much every page of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Although I’d heard of Stowe’s well-known work for most of my life, I didn’t read it until this … Continue reading

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Ivory Soap and Corn Flakes

  Being part of a writing group has helped me in ways too numerous to recount. My membership has also made me a little more hesitant to write, or rather to trust myself as a writer. For example, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Sock Suitcase

I thought I was Done with a capital D. The family history was a mammoth task, a time drain, a major stressor, a sleep thief. But then one day after correcting one pesky out-of-place apostrophe, I thought thought Yes and hallelujah. Confident that … Continue reading

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Getting the Tools

“What have you been writing lately?” a friend asked. Embarrassed to say, “Nothing much,” I replied, “This and that.” Before she had a chance to inquire further, I shared that I’d been reading a lot. “Good readers make good writers, … Continue reading

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