There it is on my smartphone calendar for August 31, 2015; my personal nightmare and a few handfuls of followers worry; BLOG POST DUE, situated above the day’s other entry: CT Scan. The latter is a brief, painless procedure of modern medical science. The former is a long, painful procedure which may involve the deployment of oxygen, ice packs and strangely, a CT Scan. Continue reading
Our dog Willie recently had surgery and was required by his Vet to wear a “cone” for 10 days. To say it cut into his worldview would be to minimize the trauma this caused the poor pup. He banged into doors, and tripped over his own feet. He had to smush the edge of the cone into the floor in order to eat his food or quench his thirst. But worst of all, the wold passed him by without him ever seeing it–encased as he was. There were squirrels he couldn’t chase and butterflies that flew by without a “woof” or a growl. Apples fell from the trees and lay, untouched by canine teeth, in the grass where they rolled. To put it mildly, Willie struggled. Continue reading
A friend of mine was enlisted to help move items from his uncle’s house after he passed away. His sister said there was something she wanted and he generously offered the service of him and their brother to get it for her. Continue reading
Writers today are distracted more than ever. Constant bings, dings and rings pull us out of the ‘zone’ all day long. If your smart phone interrupts you and keeps you from getting more work done, perhaps its time to turn off all those settings.
Yay! June was retreat time again!
We’ve been to conferences and gleaned loadsof stuff from them, but for the past few years we have been taking our own weekend retreats to focus on writing. We returned to Rend Lake for the second time! Continue reading
Okay, back to my Amtrak trip. Did I mention that we boarded in the rain…the pouring-down, watch-out-the-dam-doesn’t break, get-the-kids –to-the roof -type of rain? Did I mention that our car was the last one on the train and that there was no cover over us as we walked to our car so that we looked like drowned rats by the time we got on board? Never mind. That was probably the highlight of the trip, (After the bacon episode, of course.)
Inspiration. In-spi-ra-tion. A good idea.
There are several definitions of inspiration in Mr. Webster’s dictionary. One of them is “something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create: a force that inspires someone,”— but the one I like best is “A good idea.” Short and to the point. Continue reading
Sometimes I just need to write with a pen and hear that scratch against the paper while I pour out my thoughts and/or feelings and/or dreams and/or goals.
Sometimes I need to ponder a truth from the Bible while writing. It makes more sense to me when I write it out and spill my thoughts on paper than when I just ponder inwardly. Continue reading
What a funny place we have reached where, at times, the word “fine” sounds like an insult. We have discussed this fact in a couple of our Paddle Creek Writer meetings. If we get a review of something we have written that states “It is fine,” we are crushed.
Now we use it as a joke answering “It’s fine” when asked a variety of questions.
We have determined that sometimes “fine” is simply unacceptable. And it is definitely, at times, not a positive or complimentary response. Continue reading