Advent Stories, Part 4

Hello friends! Here is my 4th and final installment of the writing challenge hosted by my friend, Rachel. I’m late in posting because we spent the last week visiting family in Montana to celebrate Christmas. This part concludes the short story of Jon and Hope. The prompt: Love. Hope watched the road from the bigContinue reading “Advent Stories, Part 4”

Advent Stories, Part 3

Hello, friends! My friend Rachel is hosting a fiction writing challenge for the Advent season. If you’ve been following along, Part 3 is a continuation of Jon and Hope’s story. If you’re just now joining us, here’s Part 1 and Part 2. This week’s prompt: Joy. Jon lifted his head, peace settling on him andContinue reading “Advent Stories, Part 3”

Advent Stories, Part 2: Faith

Hello, friends! My friend Rachel is hosting an Advent Season fiction writing challenge, and I thought it would be fun to take part. Each week, she’ll post a prompt, and I’ll write a short fiction piece related to the prompt. I hope you enjoy this little series, and I’m excited to see where the weeklyContinue reading “Advent Stories, Part 2: Faith”

Advent Stories, Part 1

Happy December, my friends! My friend Rachel is hosting an Advent Season fiction writing challenge, and I thought it would be fun to take part. Each week, she’ll post a prompt, and I’ll write a short fiction piece related to the prompt. I hope you enjoy this little series, and I’m excited to see whereContinue reading “Advent Stories, Part 1”

Guest Post: Aliel Cunningham

The Gift of Whole-Hearted Listening I’m excited to share the final guest post in the series from my fellow hope*writers. Today, Aliel Cunningham shares some practical ways to give the gift of listening and connection to those around us. Read on: In Stephanie Kaza’s beautiful book, Conversations with Trees, she begins the prologue with these words: “When I firstContinue reading “Guest Post: Aliel Cunningham”

Writing Wednesday: What the “mums” saw

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Writing Wednesday, but with the close of September, the timing feels right for this post. Enjoy! Two potted mums flank my front porch steps. We pass through them, often unseeing, on our way into the world, to work, to play, to conquer and accomplish the tasks ofContinue reading “Writing Wednesday: What the “mums” saw”

Wake Me Up When September Ends

It seems to me that September has often brought change and transition into my life. Obviously, there’s the years of navigating those first days of school, first as a student and later as a teacher. There was the year in high school when September brought me an unlooked-for breakup, and another year when it sawContinue reading “Wake Me Up When September Ends”