The Writer’s Life

Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Mark Twain The Write Stuff

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Wonder is the precondition for all wisdom.” Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer Christian Wiman Eight years ago, Christian Wiman, a well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the challenging years since and completed in the wake… Continue reading Quote

Somehow Not Only for Christmas

Somehow not only for ChristmasBut all the long year through,The joy that you give to othersIs the joy that comes back to you.And the more you spend in blessingThe poor and lonely and sad,The more of your heart’s possessingReturns to make you glad.JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.com… Continue reading Somehow Not Only for Christmas

Excerpt from New Book: Wondrous Light

I received my hardcover of Wondrous Light yesterday. It looks like a coffee table book. I thought I'd share an excerpt from the book today to give you a taste of what's inside this 140-page book. Photo by Moody Walk on Unsplash.com Candle Light By Lisa Veitenhans The afternoon sun fades shadows to shadows No electricity to… Continue reading Excerpt from New Book: Wondrous Light

New Book “Wondrous Light”

Wondrous Light Through Advent & Christmas I’m excited to tell you about my latest project: a book. As editor-in-chief, I curated the collection, helped to edit the comet, and designed the entire book. Are you longing to reconnect with the true spirit and spirituality of Christmas? Through reflections from the Revised Standard Lectionary Bible verses, creative… Continue reading New Book “Wondrous Light”

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“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art… Continue reading Quote