Discovering your voice

By |2018-03-02T16:32:27-06:00July 1st, 2015|

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split wide open.” Muriel Rukeyser, poet, feminist, political activist What does it mean to discover and use your voice? What [...]

How to make a living as a writer, Part 1

By |2018-03-02T16:40:44-06:00January 24th, 2014|

I’ve been working as a writer since I graduated from college almost three decades ago. Some years (when I worked full-time for a newspaper, for example, or when I wrote four books in one year) [...]

Answering the call to write

By |2018-03-02T18:58:04-06:00May 12th, 2012|

About a month ago, several of the Redbud Writers and I sat on tall chairs in Johnsen & Taylor bookstore in Wheaton, and chatted about how to combine motherhood and writing. Some 30 to 40 [...]

Free book Friday

By |2018-03-02T19:00:59-06:00March 11th, 2011|

Writer and author Susy Flory posted this review of my new book--and you could win a free copy! We haven't done free book Friday for a while, but here's the deal: the first three readers [...]

people who “get” you

By |2010-09-30T17:21:33-05:00September 30th, 2010|

One of the greatest blessings of this life is finding people who are like-minded, who "get" you, in all your quirkiness and eccentricity. Last spring I found a group of such people, and became a [...]

the writing life

By |2009-06-18T18:17:14-05:00June 18th, 2009|

So, the kids are out of school, we had houseguests for a week, the weather's getting warmer, I took a part-time job for just a few hours a week. I have endless excuses as to [...]

On being a writer…

By |2009-05-11T08:00:08-05:00May 11th, 2009|

I spoke at a women's breakfast at my church Saturday. My topic was Sabbath Simplicity. As usual, there were questions after my talk. And again, as usual, some of those questions had nothing to do [...]

Shifting sand

By |2018-03-02T19:03:28-06:00April 14th, 2009|

 Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune--without the words, And never stops at all... (Emily Dickinson)             A few weeks ago, I sent out a query—a short [...]

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