How to Write a Book

How to Write a Book

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”  – Virginia Woolf I haven’t been writing here at my blog very frequently. From 2008 – 2016, I wrote every week, but in 2017 I...
Creating Beauty: It Matters

Creating Beauty: It Matters

“Make your tiny corner of the world beautiful, even for one brief, anonymous moment. It matters.” – Nichole Nordeman Creating Beauty: It Matters A couple of weeks ago, I looked through photos on Instagram and saw a photo taken by Nichole Nordeman in...
The Bends in the Road

The Bends in the Road

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller I love Helen Keller’s quote above. It seems to say exactly what I sometimes have a hard time comprehending about change in life. So many times, change feels...
Peonies, Beauty, and a Joy-filled Heart

Peonies, Beauty, and a Joy-filled Heart

To me, flowers are happiness. – Stefano Gabbana Every spring, my heart looks forward to the flowers. Years ago, when we moved in to our current home after 4 years living in Prague, I planted a flower garden (and wrote about it here). Every spring since has been...
Must-Read Memoir: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Must-Read Memoir: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance I might know a thing or two about being a hillbilly. Much of my growing up took place in the Ozarks of Arkansas catching crawdads and eating black-eyed peas at school lunch, and my parents live in the mountains of rural Tennessee. So,...