Writing

A room of one’s own: what if your “room” could be portable?

A room of one’s own: what if your “room” could be portable?

What happens when you get the urge to create? Do you retreat to a music studio to write a song? Do you go to your specially designated study to write? Do you paint your latest masterpiece in a light-filled studio? Do you shut the door when you enter your room? Why do secret hideaway places […]

Writing a Book on a Nook – collecting all the pieces together in a compact package

Writing a Book on a Nook – collecting all the pieces together in a compact package

As this blog is about collecting and connecting all the pieces of a life together into one flow, I realized I needed to add another interest to this blog: technology. I love technology and have ever since I started on my first Mac back in the 1980’s. I’m a PC person now but I have […]

Taking advantage of the season of Lent through a notebook and a chunk of time

Taking advantage of the season of Lent through a notebook and a chunk of time

For many Christians, the late winter/early spring signifies a time of stepping back and examining how we are practicing our faith. It is a time of assessing our failings and sins: how have we strayed from God as the center of our lives? How have we forgotten the needs of family members, friends and strangers? […]

Book Review: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – a soul-searching must for every creative

Book Review: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – a soul-searching must for every creative

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok My rating: 5 of 5 stars I haven’t known a book to affect me so profoundly as My Name is Asher Lev. The conflict is deep, searing, cutting to the core. It helped me to understand better the nature of being a creative person and the sacrifice […]

Linda Ronstadt finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: the cost of artistic integrity

Linda Ronstadt finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: the cost of artistic integrity

It appears that Rolling Stone Magazine and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have finally taken notice: Linda Ronstadt has finally been inducted. While it should have been done many years earlier, justice has finally been served. Ronstadt fans have been aware of the longstanding feud between Rolling Stone and Ms. Ronstadt, mostly because […]

A Louisa May Alcott Christmas: “The Little Red Purse”

A Louisa May Alcott Christmas: “The Little Red Purse”

Originally posted on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion:
From the Christmas Tales and Stories collection (Laura Ciolkowski, editor) comes a sweet, albeit typical offering from Louisa May Alcott known as “The Little Red Purse.” Even though the essence of the story is very familiar (rich little girl learns how good it is to give…

For millennials and boomers alike: Waiting was never this good! “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins

For millennials and boomers alike: Waiting was never this good! “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is an old soul in a young body. How else can I explain his wisdom? One would think his latest book, The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing would be geared towards millennials, people his own age. Yet I found myself relating just as easily to it. And […]

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

This is what I read today in Generous Faith Stories to Inspire Abundant Living, a lovely book by Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU. You remember Sr. Bridget. She’s the one I wrote about recently who is speaking at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference taking place on November 2. (see previous post). She’s the one […]

When might compartments be necessary? Perhaps when you’re juggling two all-consuming passions?

When might compartments be necessary? Perhaps when you’re juggling two all-consuming passions?

I’m in a pickle and I need your help. I have two all-consuming passions right now and I’m trying to figure out what to do with them. It involves the writing of two books. Dreamy summer Since April I have been immersed in research for a book I want to write about Elizabeth Alcott, the […]

The ultimate secret garden (posted on location)

The ultimate secret garden (posted on location)

I had to add this secret garden at Wellesley College, in the same areas as the others, noted in the previous post. This one is up a small hill from the path, under small and large fir trees. They frame tiny and beautiful waterfall, spilling from the rocks. When I saw it, I knew I […]

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