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August 10, 2020
HE DIED BUT HE WILL NOT GO AWAY

My dad died last year. I miss him but he never really went away because I hear his voice – and not in a good way – all the damn time. Today, I was rewarded with a publisher expressing interest (and sending a contract) for my second novel, The Unexpected Gift. This publisher is also […]

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July 27, 2020
He Refuses To Get Help

Someone very close to me made a series of decisions (and behaviors) that forced his life to implode. I know the word “force” is strong, but he put two or three people into situations where they had no choice except to react harshly. I’m going to call this person Y. Y is an adult – […]

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July 20, 2020
UNDERSTANDING WHAT MY VOICE IS (and being okay with it)

Two things happened recently that bothered me until I gave it all more thought and listened to wise counsel: First, I’m in a writer’s critique group and while I often get praise for the chapters, I never get praise for the story. I get this – “well, it’s not the type of story I’d want […]

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July 6, 2020
My Mouth and My Brain

“The words fell out of my mouth without my brain straining a muscle.” I wrote the above sentence when one my characters said something mean and nasty and f*cking hilarious. My writing friend, that wonderful technicality wizard, struck the line from the manuscript. She said, “Words cannot form without the brain first engaging.” Technically, I […]

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June 22, 2020
Intelligent AND Empathetic … Intelligent OR Empathetic

“A rare quality – intelligence and empathy.” ~ Professor T from Amazon Prime When the character spoke these words, it was as if lightning hit me. I hit pause, found a piece of paper and wrote down the quote. The quote has sat on my counter for several days. The words and their implication rolling […]

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June 8, 2020
Disappointed [fill in the blank]

I don’t have many triggers* but the word ‘disappointment’ makes my heart pound with anxiety. My father told me several times I was a disappointment. He told me he could never be proud or brag about me because whenever he did, I turned around an embarrassed him. So, being a disappointment is a deep wound […]

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May 25, 2020
Missing GOD, God, god

Recently I wrote a blog on spirituality versus religion. The concept of spirituality has been swirling in my mind ever since. As most of you know, I was raised on the Baptist version of God and can no longer accept aspects of that belief system. But I do miss some aspects of that version of […]

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May 11, 2020
Doubt and Failure

“Doubt is the motor for failure.” ~ Professor T available on Amazon Prime I’ve heard many cutesy quotes about doubt and about failure. But for some reason, this particular quote struck a chord and it keeps rolling in my mind. I decided to look at the ways I doubt and evaluate if these doubts are […]

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April 27, 2020
What Is Forgiveness?

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about Grudge Holding. A great friend [let’s call her Amy], who is always so supportive, responded to me via email. With her permission, I wanted to share some sections. “I think holding grudges is tied to my tendency to not forgive, and sometimes I wish I could […]

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April 13, 2020
What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual?

I have a new therapist. I like her. She's more aggressive and less focused on my past and more on my future. Yesterday, without any preamble and within a context I didn't understand, she asked: What Is your spiritual practice? The question elicited an immediate bodily reaction. My spine stiffened, my heart raced, and I […]

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