Graceful or Gullible? and A Summer with “So Many Books”

“I’ll walk you to the door, Miss.” I didn’t know whether to thank my AT&T salesman or laugh in his face. So I did a little of both. “I haven’t been called ‘miss’ for about 40 years,” I said with a girlish giggle. “But thank you.” “I wouldn’t have known. Honest, I wouldn’t!” he called …

In Good Company for a Nostalgic Journey

I call the biennial Festival of Faith and Writing my “guilty pleasure.” What could be better than spending three days surrounded by people who love to read, have a passion to write and like nothing more than talking about both? My fifth Festival experience is awash with nostalgia as I hike back and forth across …

Write! What, Why and How?

Blogging today at Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker and hundreds of other writers. Join us! “Can cursing and blessing come from the same mouth……the same pen?” Sitting in the retreat center, with beautiful Lake Michigan just half a mile down the driveway, I thought about that author’s statement. Her twist on the Proverb has …

Why It’s Not Too Late to Claim the Gift of Creativity

On a morning when I sit, all fuzzy-brained, clutching my coffee cup there on the red couch taking in the morning’s news, I hear this: “Creativity can increase with age and help you live longer.” My 60-year-old ears perk up and my brain cells tingle. What did he say? I set down the cup, suddenly …