Hello friends, Last Friday, my state's governor issued an Executive Order for all residents of Illinois to "shelter-in-place" due to the outbreak of Covid-19. This forced many businesses to temporarily close, thereby altering the lives of most people. Restaurants are all delivery or carry-out service only. Banks and pharmacies are primarily drive-through only now. Groups … Continue reading Worship is Canceled?
Recently, I finished reading "The Art of Memoir" by Mary Karr. This book was gifted to me last July, so it has taken me a while to finish it. Not that it is poorly written, but there was a lot in it to digest. Being new to the world of writing myself, and having aspirations … Continue reading Bookshelf Review: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Hello friends, There has been a lot of information, hype, and misinformation about the Coronavirus, Covid-19, lately. Let me begin by saying I don't want to downplay the threat this virus poses to the health and safety of our communities, nor do I intend on coming across as insensitive to those who have been affected … Continue reading My Brief Reaction to the Coronavirus “Pandemic”
Hello friends. Earlier today I read an interesting suggestion in a popular writing periodical to create a personal "bookshelf" of books I am currently reading or have recently finished reading. The suggestion was to post this on a blog or personal website.....so here we are. I thought this was a wonderful idea because it allows … Continue reading My Bookshelf
Hello friends. Lately I have been participating in a study called "Outrageous Justice" through Prison Fellowship. They are the nation's largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. They are also a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. I have been involved in this ministry for almost a year as a Justice Ambassador, … Continue reading A Call For Justice
We are trapped in our skin, in our flesh. This is the outward appearance that everyone sees. What we do with it reveals how we want people to see us, and what opinion we want them to form about us. Some people buy expensive makeup or even have plastic surgery to "look their best." … Continue reading The Shell Around Our True Selves
As I continue to struggle to find the time and motivation to write, I have been asking myself a very important question lately. Why write? Most "experts" say that true writers should write everyday. This is a seemingly impossible task for someone that works a full-time job, plus overtime, is active in church and family … Continue reading Why Write?
Having just went through the Thanksgiving holiday, I have been thinking a lot this week about what I am thankful for. I know this is a common thought to ponder during this time of year, however, I have been focusing on things perhaps a little different than the typical "blessings" that people often cite. During … Continue reading Scars – Lyrical Inspiration
I have added a new addition to this blog, entitled "Lyrical Inspiration." For me, song lyrics have always had a profound impact on my life. I am often encouraged by a well-written piece as it proclaims truth. So, I am going to share some of the songs that have the greatest impact on my life. … Continue reading Survivor – Lyrical Inspiration
I have a two year old Miniature Pinscher, or Min-Pin as they are often called, named Dobie. It is amazing what lessons I can learn from my tiny ten pound companion. As with all dogs, he has his own unique personality. This is both good and bad, depending on the timing of his demeanor and … Continue reading Life Lessons I Have Learned From My Dog