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Facing Disappointment

Although we plan and dream, life may fail to meet our expectations. A dwindling bank account balance, a serious illness, or an unexpected responsibility may cause cherished goals to be shelved, scrapped, or revised. A lie, betrayal, or argument may ruin a relationship. “If there is one predictable thing in this life, it’s that you …

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How to write 500 words…when you have nothing to say

A writer expresses ideas, experiences, and emotions through words. Under the right conditions, those words might grow into a nonfiction book, a poem, a blog post, or (no pressure) the Great American Novel. In order to complete any of those projects, a writer must transform inspiration into a writing habit. Some days that task is …

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Comfort Food

A pork roast simmers in my slow cooker as I write. The delicious aroma of rosemary and garlic permeates my condo and tantalizes my taste buds. Concentration becomes more and more difficult as my stomach rumbles and my mouth waters. How will I ever finish this post, or more importantly, wait three hours until dinner? …

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Stumbling Along the Path to Self-Improvement: February Update

As I described in this post, my inbox burst with offers in January. Did I wish to write a bestseller, change anything, pen five hundred words a day, simplify my life, Marie Kondo fold all my clothes, get organized in thirty-one days, and learn to be a super plotter. Yes, please! Unfortunately, I also wanted …

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My Guilty Pleasure…Television Version

Are you a secret foodie, reality show follower, or contest junkie? Do you settle in front of your television (or favorite streaming device) with the remote control (or headphones), your favorite beverage, a tasty snack, and a sense of indulgence? What’s your guilty viewing secret? I love television programs where an expert arrives on the …

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