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A Bit of Mountain Wisdom

A Bit of Mountain Wisdom

My family and I recently returned from a much needed break from the daily grind. What better place to relax and rejuvenate than one of my favorite places, Gatlinburg, TN. Although the weather wasn’t prefect while we were there, I always take away a bit of wisdom from these visits, and this trip was no…

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Moments That Make It All Worthwhile

Moments That Make It All Worthwhile

This week my daughter came home with an assignment for her 8th grade English Language Arts class. They are studying suspense (go figure) and they are charged with writing a story. She’d written the beginning in class and was dying to have me listen to it. And, let’s face it, I was dying to hear…

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Finding Motivation

Finding Motivation

Everyone warned me. “Be careful. Make sure you have a plan laid out, goals that will keep you writing once this organism called an MFA program ends. Some people stop writing altogether. Don’t let that happen to you.” I scoffed at their remarks. And rightly so. I had a plan. I would finish my manuscript…

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Opportunity Knocks

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.”…

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Persistence

Persistence

This little guy showed up outside my office window yesterday morning. Perfect timing for Mother Nature to remind me that persistence is the key to achieving your goals. You see, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having a somewhat hard to shake case of the blues, lately. Last week was spring break for…

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A Gentle Reminder

A Gentle Reminder

Teachers work hard. No matter how you feel about the profession or those in it, one thing is for certain. Good teachers put in many hours and go above and beyond to make the lives of their students more memorable. None of us went into the profession hoping to satisfy our state department of education…

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Spring Renewal

Spring Renewal

Starting over – it’s not easy, but the season of Spring exudes it. Flowers poke their heads above the warming earth and trees begin to bud and leaf. What better season, then, to make a metamorphosis of my own? I will graduate from Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program on June 4th.…

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bravery.

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. 🙂