{Writing Wednesday: Con’s Journey}

Every now and then, I like to give you a glimpse of something I’m working on. I’ve been doing some family research on ancestry.com recently, and discovered one of my ancestor’s point of entry of immigration to the United States. I challenged myself to a short two-page writing prompt about Constantine Maximillian Ulrich (I know,Continue reading “{Writing Wednesday: Con’s Journey}”

{On Birthdays and Anniversaries: July Edition}

July is a slower month for us in a lot of ways… warm days of soaking up the sun, long summer evenings gazing into the backyard fire, slower mornings and general laziness descends upon us. It’s also slower when it comes to celebrations… We seem to frontload our year with birthdays, and then around MayContinue reading “{On Birthdays and Anniversaries: July Edition}”

Stones of Remembrance

Stories are my favorite. I especially love family stories. I love to tell them, and I love to hear them. I think that’s most likely the main reason that my novel (which I’m currently in the process of editing) incorporates some of the stories of my family that have been passed down to me. AsContinue reading “Stones of Remembrance”

{REMEMBER}

My son’s cap and gown arrived over the weekend. Another reminder of all that this Spring season should have been, and won’t be. I find myself in a strange place where hope and grief co-mingle, intertwined with each other as if one. Hope: the long, slow process of reopening has begun.  Certain restrictions are beingContinue reading “{REMEMBER}”

{Courage}

My Bible reading plan had me at the beginning of the book of Joshua when the Covid-19 restrictions began.  The Lord said to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”  Over and over again, setting the tone for the whole book, the Lord says, “Be strong and courageous.” When my daughter’s Irish dance events began to beContinue reading “{Courage}”

{Writing Wednesday, Thursday edition: The Train}

Yesterday’s Writing Wednesday prompt: train.  Here’s what came from a 10 minute writing session.  Enjoy! She pulled open the door of her compartment, swaying as the train rounded a bend.  She reached out  to keep her balance, her fingers contacted smooth paneling.  She reached across the small hallway, and again her fingers came in contact,Continue reading “{Writing Wednesday, Thursday edition: The Train}”

{Writing Wednesday: A Prose Poem}

Hey friends, welcome back to Writing Wednesday!! Last week I shared a poem that came from part of my weekly journaling practice; this week I’m sharing a prose poem about growth and growing and change.  It’s an intriguing piece, and I’d welcome discussion on it.  Growth doesn’t happen in an echo chamber, so leave meContinue reading “{Writing Wednesday: A Prose Poem}”

{Writing Wednesday: Childhood Memories}

Writing Wednesday is back!  As part of my ongoing practice of reflection and growing and sharing, it seemed like the right time to bring back an intentional day of sharing some of what I’ve been writing.  In my current practice of journaling, which I hope to share more about soon, I’ve been writing about aContinue reading “{Writing Wednesday: Childhood Memories}”

{A Practice of Reflection}

Welcome to February, friends.  This year, I’m trying to be more intentional about taking time to reflect throughout the year.  Self-reflection is something that I’ve often done in fits and spurts, or during difficult times in my journey when it’s been forced upon me (here’s looking at you, Summer 2019).  This year of “Vision” seemsContinue reading “{A Practice of Reflection}”

{Rise}

This post is part of a series from the hope*writers New Year Writing Challenge.  Here is my post from day 7: Rise. The trees rise to meet the clouds, their needles and branches sway in the wind.  Carrying the weight of the world and the snow in their branches, in their strong, sure hands.  AsContinue reading “{Rise}”