Category Archives: writing

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A dream and the storm it created.

Last week, I had a dream that brought back to the surface some deep seated insecurities and fears. To tell it, the dream is silly and not even all that interesting. I was at the home of one of Amira’s friends from school. Amira, for some reason, wasn’t there. Her friend and her mom were. The dream began to stick with me as the mom was showing me what she had built while our kids had been at school that day. It was a foldable…

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My Facebook Unplug

I deactivated my Facebook account. I’ll be honest. It felt strange. So strange, in fact, that my heart was beating a little faster as I did it. I didn’t expect that. Then, the deed was done. Now what’s ahead of me is to see what, if anything, will change in my life. I unplugged from Facebook because I wanted to facilitate diving deeper into my life… into my spirituality, creativity and, yes, productivity. I didn’t want to leave for all the typical reasons. I *LOVE*…

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Today

After my “great declaration of 2009 that I must write”, I haven’t done much of it, have I? At least, not here. I have been writing in my journal and that’s been good. I also decided last week to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  This might be a little insane, but it feels like the right and good kind of insane.  If all of you, my sweet and dear readers, haven’t abandoned hope of updates on this site… I hope you start…

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I need to write.

I’m wondering how many times it will take. I’ve had this realization countless times. I’ve written about it here. I haven’t searched to find out just how many, but I’m sure it is an cheek-blushingly high number. Posting to Facebook doesn’t cut it. Composing lengthy emails to friends gets closer, but it’s not it either. I use these as placeholders. I feel their inadequacy, even when I don’t know it. I crossed paths with a quote by a playwright/screenwriter recently that, often, reflects how I…

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throwing away the bag

If you hear, ‘Look at you. You quit! You’ll never get this. Look how long you’ve been trying to be aware and you’re still a failure at it,” realize this is conditioned mind trying to control you – and recommit. If you play close attention, you are going to see how a process has been keeping you prisoner. You’re going to learn that when you’re present in the moment you don’t need to fear yourself, anyone or anything. A huge part of doing this work…

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Generosity Changes the Story

(published in today in DanaRoc.com’s Dana Delivered! ezine) I knew I had a broken tooth that needed treating. I hadn’t scheduled a dental appointment because we didn’t have the money for the exams, x-rays, and treatment. Along with the other 50 million Americans who don’t have health or dental insurance and have fallen on tough times, I self-managed the best I knew how. I avoid sugary foods and drinks. I was diligent with flossing, brushing, and mouth rinses. But that morning, I knew I was…

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November is National Blog Posting Month

You probably know about NaNoWriMo, but did you know there is a less intensive version called NaBloPoMo?  It’s the same idea as NaNoWriMo but instead of working on a novel everyday through the month of November… you blog everyday. I’ve joined and will be participating. It’ll b a fun way to blog through November… The idea of blogging on a theme for these posts is suggested at the NaBloPoMo website. I like that idea. I can think of a couple of themes, but thought I…

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I’m having fun.

I’m geeking out on my book research.  The focus of my book is getting broader and wider (and more interesting!) right before my eyes.  As I’m researching, I’m seeing that my original idea is a good one, but there is much more to research and discuss.  The idea has become a blooming plant with the stems, leaves, and petals making up the beauty of flower.  (Not the best analogy, but hopefully you get what I’m saying.) Side note: And I have to say, Zotero has…

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Calling all who have or are living in shared or alternative home situations

I’m putting together my rough outline for my book on shared and alternative housing.  I am pulling together case examples of various types living situations for my book.  I’m putting out a call for people who would like to participate and share with me their personal living experiences.  Specifically: Do you live with family or friends? Do you co-own a home and live in a home with more than just your immediate family? Have you lived in a group home? Other unique or unusual living…

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An email from DivineCaroline

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Pulling out the stops

I read Publisher’s Weekly’s review of Anne Lamott’s newest book, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. They made the comment: “Lamott’s faithful fans would line up to buy her shopping lists…”  It set my mind daydreaming about what it would be like to be published.  I’ve written off and on, had a couple book ideas, and come close to sending manuscripts to agents, publishers but have, so far, always stopped short. So, enough. What should I work to publish first?  You tell me and I’ll do…

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