Jesus Feminist, Candy and Prayer

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Have you ever read a book that is simply too good to put down? I am currently reading a book that is just that good. And yet I am making myself take it slowly, one small section at a time. It is like savoring a favorite candy.  The kind of candy that is hard to … Continue reading

BOOKS: Cleaning, Collecting and (Not) Decluttering My Bookshelves

Cleaning, Collecting and NOT Decluttering My Bookshelves

“WHEN I GET A LITTLE MONEY I BUY BOOKS IF THERE IS ANY LEFT OVER I BUY FOOD AND CLOTHES” -Erasmus As I was reading a friend’s social media newsfeed earlier today I came across a blog post she recommended about decluttering. Okay, fine. What struck me about this post was that it was about … Continue reading

Writer’s Block, Procrastination & Vulnerability: An Introduction

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My parents and I sat together enjoying the warm Florida breeze wafting in through the open windows and sharing our thoughts with each other about life, meaning, our passions (namely, writing) and purpose (specifically, sharing our stories), and our different yet intersecting journeys.  Yes, we actually talk like that in my family. Then while I sat, … Continue reading

Beach Day

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Bright blue beach umbrellas.  Hot sand between my toes, walking toward the welcoming water.  Dark wash jeans rolled up, wide cuff just above ankles transform into shorts just above knees; flip-flop sandals slip into each back pocket. Bent over the dancing shallow water searching for seashells. Surf boards.  Sparkling water.  Sand pipers in the shallows. I’m pulled into … Continue reading

Day Tripping

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I am writing from the oldest city in America, Saint Augustine, Florida; founded in 1565. It is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin in the United States. I am seated at a small table for two, although I am alone, at the Gypsy Cab. Co. Gypsy, as the locals call it, … Continue reading

Sunday Snapshots

It is Sunday and the sun is shining here in central Florida.  The past few days have been cool and dreary with overcast skies and rain; lots of rain.  But today I awoke feeling refreshed and energized.  When I went to pull back the curtains what did I find but blue skies with fat puffy … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Sunshine

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“I love the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.  It smells like novels waiting to be written; the promise of a paragraph paused mid sentence or sip.” These are the words that fall from my lips as I

Why I Don’t Like Labels

I don’t like labels, of any variety.  I peel them off water bottles and cut them off my sweaters.  When I write, I turn my pen so I don’t see the imprinted brand; reading those words distracts me from the words I’m trying to write.  They irritate me in so many ways.  In clothing they … Continue reading

Summer, Sisters and 1979

Summer, Sisters and 1979

I remember summer. Sweaty palms filled with sticky candy and slippery handle bars on bicycles with banana seats; sunny skies that were streaked with cotton candy clouds and the sound of chatter and traffic. Sidewalks shimmering in the heat filled with children playing jacks and jumping rope; hop-scotch and clapping with my older sister, Jessica … Continue reading

Children’s Book Week 2013

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As Children’s Book Week comes to a close for this year I thought it might be of some interest to give an overview of what we have been reading in our home.  The Canadian Children’s Book Week was observed the first week of May here in our part of the globe but the original celebration, … Continue reading

Of Silence, The Sunshine State, Favorite Songs & Saving Stories

Seagull

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe Pick one: a. Blog identity crisis b. Writer’s block c. Hiatus d. Extended vacation e.  All of the above BTW, the answer is e.  “all of the above” and I’ll tell you more about it so just keep reading. It’s good to be back!  Did ya miss me? *grin* So where … Continue reading

Pondering the Pensees by Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher and mathematician who lived from 1623-1662 and died at the relatively young age of 39.  As a home educator who allows her children the freedom to learn at home I was intrigued to discover that Pascal was also educated entirely at home with his father.  Some of his … Continue reading

Fast & Slow (Down)

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While I was happily typing away sharing my optimistic thoughts for the new year including some hopeful habits, a few books to read and being all restful etc. My husband was beginning the year with a rigorous twenty-one day fast. This included media; he powered down the screens and took a media fast from all … Continue reading

A Clement Season

Clement: 1. mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate 2. (of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant. Related: Clemency: 1. Lenience, mercifulness, lenity, leniency, grace, charity, pardon, decency, favor, kindliness, kindness, benevolence, compassion, easygoingness and humanity are some words that are synonymous to clemency. 2. Clemency indicates mildness, especially for weather conditions. In … Continue reading

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