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31 days: Writing by the prompts

31 days: Writing by the prompts

For each day in the month of October I will post a short essay based on a prompt, suggested by Kate Motaung. Kate is the founder of Five Minute Friday, an online community of writers who support each other as they engage in sharpening their craft. As iron sharpens...

Hidden Art Lasts A Lifetime

When I was in 8th grade my dad caved in to my mom’s insistence that we have a piano. Not a castoff or old upright, but brand new Kimball console. You might not think that’s strange, but as I watched the men from our church unload the monstrosity from the truck, I was...
Sailing the FriendShip

Sailing the FriendShip

‘When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.’ This is what friends do. I don’t know what kind of day you had yesterday or the day before or the day before that. I do know that our days come bundled good with bad and sometimes...
A new kind of Notice

A new kind of Notice

Do you ever feel invisible? Think about it. Here’s what I mean by that. It isn’t that you want to be on display, receive applause, or even be the center of attention, but maybe simply to be noticed. We all go through times when we want someone, we care about, to...
Solving Problems Saving Hope

Solving Problems Saving Hope

Don’t give up! Have you ever listened to someone’s story and heard these words, “Fine for you to say, but you don’t know what I’m going through here.” When we listen at heart level, we become aware of problems people are going through and they are traveling the path...
A Gift You Can’t See

A Gift You Can’t See

Do you pray? No, really. Do you pray? I’m not thinking of the simple ‘Now I lay me down to sleep’ or ‘Bless us oh Father and these our gifts’, although that’s a start. I’m talking about praying to the almighty and holy God who is omnipresent (everywhere at all times),...

Messages May Not Be As Clear As They Appear

Just wondering. Do you remember Miss Minnie Pearl? I think my first recollection of her was back in the radio days of listening to the Grand Ole Opry but if that’s not it, I remember her from the television program Hee Haw. She wore plain house dresses, sensible...