I found beauty hiding in the most unlikely place

  In a world so fraught with imperfection, pain, hate, sickness, and death, where can I go to experience true beauty, love, peace, and eternality? In front of me there is a plethora of ills on which to focus. I do get sucked into that. I get up early to write and I end up in… Read more »

How to stay out of World War III with your spouse

Yesterday I was out late and hadn’t seen my husband and family since the morning. All the way home I was thinking about how great it was going to be to talk with them about the progress another family member was making in a personal journey. I may have driven a little too fast on the… Read more »

When life isn’t going the way you planned

Today I am so aware of the presence of disappointments and disillusionments that I am having a difficult time functioning. Does this ever happen to you? I forget things: I forget to do them, I forget how to say them. I lose interest and feel defeated. I plod through my day like a programmed robot, not truly… Read more »

Who I really am, not who I think I should be

In an effort to be “more positive,” I have blocked my writing flow because I tried to be someone else. I rejected the real me in favor something “better”. I was trying not to sound whiny or defeatist, but I just ended up with silence instead. Silence is not good for a writer. I need to… Read more »

You have a right to be angry.

You have a right to be angry. There are things that have happened to you that should not have happened. There are things that are going on in the world that are wrong. Injustice brings about anger and that is a natural part of the human experience. Anger is a misused emotion and because of… Read more »

Thank you, disillusionment

  Maybe some days I just want to be angry about the things that have happened to me that I didn’t deserve. The ugly things. The things that broke my heart again. The times I was disrespected. Misunderstood. Ignored. Forget the past, I’m talking about what happened today. Every day I can pick out a… Read more »

Memories of Tampa’s Hudson Nursery in the 1980’s

These are some of my memories of Hudson Nursery, an iconic 10 acre plant nursery that existed in the heart of north Tampa for many decades. It was recently sold, torn down, and replaced with a Wal-Mart. In 1981 when I was 18, I saw a sign out in front of Hudson Nursery on Dale Mabry… Read more »

Creativity as a healing tool for writers

A creative pursuit can help when life is difficult. Putting the hands to work on a satisfying project can set the mind free from destructive thoughts and flood your body with “feel good” de-stressing neuropeptides that we call endorphins. I am a jewelry maker. I stumbled on to this occupation when the economy faltered in… Read more »

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When I looked up, I was lost

I had my head down writing and when I looked up I was lost. True! There is just so much. It’s all organized into scenes and chapters but I see the word count goal I had and I see that I’m about to blow past it and I have a crisis of confidence: what in… Read more »

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Chapter Excerpt: Mom

I wanted to go back and write a full chapter about my mother and try to explain who she was in a more sympathetic light. It’s important to show these characters in my life in a balanced way, and if only show one side, the reader is going to think that my parents were 100%… Read more »

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