This time of year is special in our home.  We celebrate Advent.  Each night, almost without exception, for twenty-five nights we light the growing circle of candles and pile onto the couch together to read aloud. We read one book from the first page adding one additional page each night.  We all pretty much have … Continue reading Merry!


Words fill my world. I love words.  I love to read them, to write them, to turn letters into art and phrases into pictures. Maybe it's because I feel like I've always been able to read having had a wonderful older sister who taught me as she learned.  Maybe it was all those calligraphy classes … Continue reading Words


"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life." Galatians 6:4-6 (The Message Translation) Go ahead and … Continue reading Explore~


"What do you see out there?" he asked as I peered into darkness. "Shimmering diamonds," I replied, curtain falling back, as I turned away from the window. The moon had risen, light fractured into a million pieces through the frosted windows.  I stood there and shivered from the beauty. Even now early in the morning … Continue reading Diamonds

Fighting the Flight

"I Only Write When Inspiration Strikes. Fortunately It Strikes at Nine Every Morning." I loved this quotation I read in The War of Art.  He attributed it to Somerset Maughum, and though some dispute that, the truth remains the same.  For me, the inspiration needs to strike somewhat earlier before everyone else is up and … Continue reading Fighting the Flight

The War

So I read a book yesterday. Someone new to our Books & Brews Book Club mentioned The War of Art last month.  It hooked me from the first page.  Clearly defining what makes creating such a challenge and how to overcome anyway, The War of Art arms you for the battle within. And here I am, … Continue reading The War


Fingers hover over keyboard frozen. Blank space shines back bright. So much potential. So much fear. Starting over, over again. Seems to be a theme in my life. New school after new school. New job.  Even new country. New love.  New name. New life. Move some more. Move back. Who am I? His.  And He … Continue reading Potential

Writing & Editing

As a former teacher, I have many years experience in writing and editing.  Good writing shared well is important to me.  I can be a bit fanatical about proper grammar and spelling and believe them to be a vital part of writing. I've been blogging on my own personal blog for over ten years.  Over the … Continue reading Writing & Editing