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Opportunity Knocks

As a writer, I’m constantly looking for ways to supplement my income from my day job in public education in order to pay for writing conferences, workshops, association dues, contests, and the myriad other expenses that come with struggling to make it in this industry. Over the years, I’ve tried quite a few “business opportunities.” None of them turned out to be the golden egg that I’d hoped they’d be. So when a friend contacted me last fall with a…

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bravery.

Bravery is something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to lately, and this blogger has hit the nail on the head. Kudos, YoungandTwenty! If only I were still young and twenty but with the perspective I have today. 🙂

The Fine Line Between Fear and Success ?>

The Fine Line Between Fear and Success

When I was about eleven or twelve I took a horse named Applejack in 4H. He was a beautiful sorrel American Quarter Horse gelding who was all of five years old. For those of you who may know anything about horses, a five year old horse is probably not the best choice for a very green rider, and that is what I was… green with a capital G. I cleaned up in Showmanship classes, but when it came to time…

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My Muse Has ADD… ?>

My Muse Has ADD…

If you know any writers or have spent time listening to their conversations, I’m sure you’ve heard reference to the term “muse.” In my mind, the muse is that little voice, the imagination if you will, behind the plot lines and characters that come through on the pages of the writer’s creation. Lately, my muse has exhibited the signs of a very serious problem. My muse has ADD. Short of providing an imaginary dosage of Ritalin, I’m at a loss…

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A Walk Down Memory Lane ?>

A Walk Down Memory Lane

One morning, many years ago, a little red-haired girl stood at the top of a flight of stairs, rubbing her eyes and yawning the remnants of sleep away. Her stuffed turtle was clutched in her little fist as she descended the stairs toward the scent of freshly fried bacon and homemade pancakes. That little girl was me, of course, and this morning I was transported back to those days thanks to the kindness of strangers. Growing up, I spent a…

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Happiness is… Newly Discovered Kittens ?>

Happiness is… Newly Discovered Kittens

On Monday, we came home from school to find kittens tucked away in the feed room of our barn. Those of you who live on a farm know that unexpected baby animals don’t always make it. Over spring break, Jillian’s rabbits had a litter of four kits, all of whom perished on that frigidly cold night after three days of 70 degree weather. Mother Nature at it’s best, some might say. However, I know a little eleven year old who…

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Trust

Recent events have given me reason to contemplate the importance of trust. Whether it’s the trust between friends, the trust among colleagues, or perhaps the trust between a girl and her horse… without trust the relationship is damaged, often broken beyond repair. Why is it that we all too often fail to take care of that one element on which all healthy interactions are based? We are so quick to throw others under the bus in order to save our…

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The Best Daughter in the World ?>

The Best Daughter in the World

Yes, that’s right. I do have the best daughter in the world. (Argue all you want, to me she’ll always be number one.)  🙂 I often find myself bemoaning the fact that Jillian struggles with so many aspects of life. Be it academia or the world of sports, it constantly seems to be a struggle. But, as I realized today (and not for the first time), WHO CARES?!? She is, without a doubt, one of the most caring, agreeable 10-year-olds…

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