Getting Here from There

Everyone has found themselves working next to someone that really grates on every single nerve. I certainly have. And I’d love to tell you how I rose above it all because I’m so positive minded. I can be as petty as the next person, I’m ashamed to say. In fact, having failed miserably is why…

Dwell in Possibility

Dwell in Possibility. ~Emily Dickinson Ever since I heard this saying, I have felt a kinship to it. It begs for dreamers. It takes the lid off limited thinking. It lets us linger in the land of what-if. Consider this: much of the technology that we comfortably now use every day seemed impossible 75 years…

A Thousand Miles

“The Journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao Tsu In a recent article, I read people with positive attitudes are more likely to see an opportunity. Opportunity comes in many disguises. It usually looks like failure. It can come clothed as a bad turn of events. It can reveal itself in upheaval….

The Road Not Taken

I was very young the first time I heard the poem The Road Not Taken. At the time “a yellow wood” had little meaning, except in the context of fall. Mrs. Carpenter read the poem full of thoughtful meaning to a class of wriggly 6th graders who were more concerned about lunch or recess or…

Are You Failing Toward Success?

Like most people, I like to find a groove and pretty much stay there. When I feel moved to do so, when all the stars align just so, maybe learn something new. And, like most people, I’m comfortable sticking to a pretty sedate routine. Then suddenly, you find yourself catapulted into a situation that you don’t…

Dreams Like Strings of Lights

Whatever it is you’re dreaming of, take the next step. It has long been my goal to work for myself, but in my early years, I had been trained that a person got up before the sun, went to work for eight or nine hours and came home beat. For this, you got a paycheck…

Dream House

I share a lot about having a dream. They’re mighty powerful motivators. They can help you get through a tough job that pays the bills. Having a dream about how you would use your degree helps you get through 4 years of college. My dad was a dreamer. He wanted to build a house, he…

14 Ways to Stretch Your Writing Voice

In my last post, I talked briefly about stretching as a writer. Hopefully, you’re on track with writing. You’re sitting in front of the page every day, or most days, and hammering out some words. Maybe you’re even consistently hitting your word count. You have filled or are filling notebooks, or a journal or collecting…

Setting Obtainable Goals

Last week, there were days that I just sat in front of my computer willing the words (any words) to appear on the screen. I tried squeezing coherence from my brain, pressing letterized thought through my fingertips and… I was choking on mid-story sag. During those times, I felt like the kid who can’t leave…

Please Welcome Our New Arrival!!

So, the waiting is over and we welcome the new arrival! When Jack got home last night I had celebratory offerings next to a headscarf on the kitchen counter. He almost lways welcomes an adult beverage in the evening. He even noticed the head scarf. I encouraged him to pick it up and when he did……

Excerpt From Book in Progress

“Is it really your last night?” Uli asked. “Yes it is.” “It won’t be the same around here without you!” “It’ll be better,” another girl joked. After the laughter died, she put a hand on Callie’s arm. “Really, Echo. I wish you all the best in your life.” “”I hear you’re going into films,” another…

Unlikely Houseguest

It was a balmy 50 degrees in Bangalore, India when a young man, Ravi Kumar, took the call of a frantic and nearly fainting woman freaking out about a her computer issue. Her recent life work of 8 years locked in an uncrackable backup file. The file-under normal circumstances-should have opened. Except for one thing….