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Writing Prompt: Your Love Story

This week’s newsletter is all about love and how that love manifests into stories told and memories made. In honor of the day, why don’t you tell us your love story? You can interpret that any way you’d like. You can write about a spouse, a child, a parent, or a pet. You could write […]

Congratulations, John Mitchell

I would like to congratulate newly-published Captain John B. Mitchell, Jr., US (Ret.) author of Seven Ships. Seven Ships recounts Mitchell’s journey from the farm to the sea, from midshipman to captain, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to the decks of warships and aircraft carriers. In the picture to the right, […]

Art as a Pathway

I have so enjoyed the first two sessions of Writing in the Galleries, a program at Orlando Museum of Art with my friend and mentor Lezlie Laws. I’ve enjoyed them so much, in fact, that I’ll be teaching my own series of four sessions in the fall called Art as a Pathway to Memory, tentatively scheduled for […]

Writing Prompt – Olympic Memories

Do you get excited when you hear that stirring Olympic theme song? Do you get teary-eyed when you hear your national anthem being played as athletes stand proudly on the podium? Do you watch every event, just a few of your favorite events, or none at all? I would love to hear your thoughts about […]

Writing Prompt – Groundhog Day

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, Candlemas, and the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. You can read more about Groundhog Day’s origins here. Did you know that, originally, a hedgehog predicted the length of winter? I think it’s generally assumed that people hope the groundhog will fail to see its shadow and usher in an […]

Writing Prompt – National Soup Month

January is National Soup Month. Did you know that? I didn’t, but it makes sense. Soup always makes you feel warm and cozy inside. I’m sure there have been many pots of soup boiling on stoves across the country as people try to stay warm during these recent extreme winter temperatures and storms. This article […]

Extended Savings on Five-Year Journals

The year is still young, and I want you to take advantage of the opportunity to start a five-year journey with me and receive free flat-rate shipping through the end of the month, to boot. A five-year journal is a tool you can use to record and easily compare five years of your life at […]

A Writing Prompt for the New Year

I just heard a relevant and thought-provoking Gloria Steinem quote that I wanted to share with you: “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” I want you to ruminate on that quote for a bit, then write about what it means to […]

A Century of Life

Just before we crossed over into 2018, my husband Bob and I celebrated Lucille Ellson’s one-hundredth birthday. Five years ago, I met Lucille and her husband Floyd—he was 104 at the time—because Floyd wanted to write his life story with Lucille’s help. He already had the title, My First Hundred Years, and a book cover […]

Setting Goals in Music City

It’s that time of year—time to write goals, make resolutions, and create intentions for 2018. As I write this, I’m sitting in the Nashville airport, listening to the live music that defines this city and relishing the fact that I’ve already accomplished my first goal of the new year—attending Michael Hyatt’s workshop, Best Year Ever […]