WHAT YOU’LL FIND ON THIS PAGE:
- WELCOME TO MY WRITING HOME
- AN IMPORTANT ASIDE TO BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS AND EDITORS
- WHO I AM AS A WRITER
- WHY I WRITE HERE…AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THESE PAGES
- GUIDE TO LEAFING THROUGH MY ARCHIVED BLOG STORIES
- LINKS TO A FEW OF MY FAVORITE POSTS
- A BIENTOT! (or in other words… Hoping to see you soon! )
- MY WRITING COPYRIGHT TAG
WELCOME TO MY WRITING HOME!
I’m so glad you are HERE where I invite you to pull up a chair on my front porch, grab a colorful cushion and join me in taking a breather… with a cup of something hot or iced, some fresh-brewed stories…and a library gallery full of archived pages to browse when you just want something… refreshing…
And to leave a bit of your own story in comments…help us get to know one another…
For this blog is the ongoing “book of word photos” I’m writing just for you…my blogging and reading friends.
AN IMPORTANT ASIDE TO BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS AND EDITORS:
For you, I’ve designed some pages located just below the header, so you may:
- Sample both my extensive business writing portfolio through a few posted links under the tab, Portfolio
- Read my published stories/articles, also linked under the tab, Portfolio
- Check out my business references from colleagues, fellow writers, other professionals… found under the tab, Kind Words
- Learn more about my writing resume and the expertise, style and high work ethic I’d like to offer you or your company, whether in technical, marketing, Web, journalistic, creative, inspirational writing or more. For details, see the tab, Looking for a Writer?
I would love to write for you! To contact me for possible writing assignments or job interview, please email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO I AM AS A WRITER
Words, words, words.
They’ve always been my passion. Beginning as an avid, voracious reader, loving to roll new ones around on my tongue. Later, keeping me awake long after I should have been, constantly making up scenarios or dialogue for my favorite TV shows… dreaming on thoughts of writing for children someday. And today…filling me with article ideas and inspirational pieces for you.
If you’ve ever laughed and cried with Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, you must remember Miss Stacey – the teacher who lit Anne’s mind to joy in poetry and literature and color with words. My own high school Miss Stacey (Mrs. Sharon Daley Barovsky) did the same for me, filling me up with the wonder of T.S. Eliot and Wordsworth and Sir Thomas Mallory’s Morte D’arthur. From the first minute in her creative writing class to every course I could find to take with her over the next three years, she wrote hope into my dream of writing. (You can read about that here: Word Power…Day 4, “Words Matter” Week 2012 )
Once in the work world, I began with technical writing, eventually leading to 13 years as a Corporate Communications Specialist/Copywriter in the Marketing Communications Department of an insurance company – where I interviewed clients and wrote and managed copy for everything from corporate newsletters to direct mail marketing pieces to advertising campaigns.
In my spare time, I went back to my first love of creative writing… pursuing it in freelance – at that time, mainly for children. To my joy, I was published twice in Highlights for Children, with a third (my first fiction piece) sold in 2011 and currently awaiting a publication date.
These days, I’m actively writing and submitting articles to editors…for everything from inspirational to women’s magazines. I’m also enjoying writing and blogging stories here for you…pondering book ideas and where they might take me… and (as so many of us writers) keeping my dream alive with an eye to ongoing publication.
As for my blog… most of all…my heart is to write to encourage, with Apples of Gold.
WHY I WRITE HERE... AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR WITHIN THESE PAGES…
“There’s something so exciting to me about preserving a perfect moment,” the photographer opened up to someone asking what things made him passionate in life. “To be able to hang on to something beautiful that never fades or goes away…”
~ spoken by Harold (Eric Mabius), a lead character in Hallmark Channel’s recent, How to Fall In Love
Magic time. As I heard these words softly spoken from this character in a film, I thought… that’s so exactly how I feel about my blog writing… how exciting it is to preserve a simple moment in time, one we might easily forget otherwise…moving someone tenderly by its color and light… surrounding it as though with music, and putting it in slow motion, to savor, to remember…
The photographer in this story wants his friend to see what he sees in the early morning light, explains why this light is so vital to the camera – “This is magic time… when the air is soft,” he says, reverently, as one might in a lovely cathedral or standing before a master painting.
Yes! I thought… that’s what I hope to do with my words here. To paint the soft light of moments… like a photographer might see a unique angle, capture a certain light that forever preserves something in a way only he saw with his eye. Word photos. To stir my readers with thoughts of… oh, I too have known that kind of moment… I remember the person who touched my life like that… or, even more, I never realized how much beauty is in that simple experience… It makes me see God in my own life, like that…
Mmm… Magic Time. To discover it together… stand in that joyful light.
When I started this blog nearly two years ago, what I wanted to post was just a glimmer of an idea.
I had read many different online authors that I loved and still follow. Writers who inspire me with their wondrous way with words, gifts and insights… touching stories of family life… gorgeous photos of charming homes in seaside cottage or English tea or quaint farm style décor… memories of personal pain beautifully, lovingly transformed by healing Grace… and more.
I mused how I too, have stories of personal heartbreak and tragedy that I could tell… for who doesn’t? Life for each of us has been peppered with dark skies, though some more than others. YET… those aren’t the stories I feel called to in my heart. At least not here, online.
No…here at this my blog bungalow … I want to write from a place where those dark skies may be in the backdrop… alluded to at times…but sort of like the softly smudged in background of a lovely photo or pastel drawing where beauty from ashes, roses blooming out of winter, moments that brush us with ahhhh… are more glorious and in focus.
I love how one of my favorite authors, Jan Karon, puts it; she says she writes “to give readers an extended family and to applaud the extraordinary beauty of ordinary lives.”
Mmmm… yes. Finding extraordinary beauty in the ordinary moments. Extending my stories and thoughts like family to you.
And the words of a wonderful inspirational writer of fiction I so enjoy, Elizabeth Musser…who, though I’m not writing fiction here, inspires me with her lovely purpose to write. She says at her site, www.elizabethmusser.com:
Ah, yes… I think this so applies to MY heart for my non-fiction stories…
It won’t take you long to find that my faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is here in every story, though sometimes more subtly than others… for I can’t help seeing every moment of life through a lens of His heart for us. Not preaching or religiosity… but a natural outpouring of who I am…and living life in His presence.
What I DO want to do is write naturally…and for me, it is natural to find Him in every line of our life stories. Whispering into our thoughts. As natural as breath. My hope is that these stories inspire you (and even me, as I write) so we may
- See and listen for Him more… our friend, Father, loving Lord… quietly, tenderly there in our everyday ordinary moments…
- Recognize His artistic beauty all around us, and wonder at His delight in our delight… and how He calls us to create along with Him…
- Discover those wonder moments I’m finding He sends our way more than we know…sometimes tiptoeing so softly into our days that we might easily miss them.
- Listen and hear…between the stories and the words…His whispers, letting us know He sees us, longs for us, forgives and wants to heal us, lifts and inspires us…to Grace.
- Be encouraged and know… No matter who we are, where we’ve been, what we’ve done or not done – He wants to hold each one of us, close to His heart, always reaching to take outstretched arms
After awhile here… you may also notice that I am a HUGE classic movie fan. How I so enjoy the old black and whites, TV and Cinema. You know… those classic stars who always seem to have perfectly witty and charming words so quickly and easily on their tongues! (Of course, they had script writers! I remember a revealing quote about that from the seemingly always suave Cary Grant, himself – “Oh, I wish I could be Cary Grant!”) I especially love those known as character actors, like the endearing old fellow who played Clarence the angel, in It’s A Wonderful Life.
For… I LOVE the way those screenwriters told stories. Scenes that spark from the true, maybe idealize a bit, but lift us to dream…aspire…hope. Make us giggle or guffaw, brush away tender tears, leave us refreshed with maybe a song in our hearts or sweet pondering thoughts in the mind…
And a dream to write like that.
Stories I’ve literally breathed in over the years, and am now collecting on DVD when possible… for they never cease to awaken a compassionate heart in me – a longing for the ideal that God breathes into each of us as we sojourn here on our way to the only perfect home…the one He is calling us to and readying for us.
Some have said… oh, those stories are so unrealistic…outmoded…too perfect. But– is that really true?
- What of the current trend to be instruments of random acts of kindness? I think those are indications of our hearts longing to look for moments of wonder, to hope for rays of light through clouds, see one another in a more lovely light.
- Or the child I overheard recently, in line at a theater, unsure if it was cool to like “Singing in the Rain” until her mom said, “Oh, that’s a GREAT movie!” – and how her whole tone changed by her mom’s approval to, “Awesome, let’s see it!”
- She makes me believe there is something in us all that WANTS to sing joyful light…to bring it to others, remember and mark simple moments that might just waft away on a breeze if we don’t take a moment to stop, savor and press to memory.
And so… I invite you to my word photo gallery here…
Where I’d love to hear how they may turn a new light on a moment in your own memory… something maybe you’d forgotten until you read here…
Because even in the saddest parts of life, I think we all have these flashes of wonder, too… just waiting to be plucked out of our memory, noticed in the moments happening all around us. And if not there in memory, then inspiring to create in our families and lives today!
And…as you join me in this venture… I’ll leave you with one of my most favorite literary quotes… from the pen of Lucy Maud Montgomery in the voice of her Anne…
Today is new and fresh, with no mistakes in it… yet!
GUIDE TO LEAFING THROUGH MY ARCHIVED BLOG STORIES
Want to find a story you remember reading here, but not sure where it might be located?
Go to the right column side of my main blog and look for the section titled, Categories. I’ve filed each story under a specific subject title listed there.
If you know approximately what month and year you read a particular story you are looking for, check the Archive section, a little down from Categories. To read from the blog beginning or pick a time in between, the Archive section allows you to peruse at your leisure, day by day or month by month!
Wondering what some of those category titles fully mean? Here’s a synopsis of the post categories I most enjoy writing!
Living Letters -
One day, I was musing on how our lives are meant to be living letters written from God’s heart to ours to others. As I thought about this, I remembered people who have brought me beauty or joy or some new light… some I know personally, others I may not. I wanted to paint word portraits of some of these people in my life… My hope is that their simple but poignant stories might stir a lovely remembrance of those ordinary people who have touched or changed your life with a word, a gift of themselves, a moment of starlight. Or…even better… inspire you to ways you want your own life to leave a legacy of a living letter!
Wonder Moments –
In Wordsworth’s The Prelude, he writes of what he terms spots of time that nourish and repair the soul.” Author Sue Monk Kidd calls these “brief, concentrated moments – little epiphanies – that inflame us with a sense of the holy.” I think of them as everyday carols we sometimes miss because of the noise and busyness of everyday life. They are singing all around us. The crimson cardinal that lights on the tree outside our kitchen window and splashes colors of hope into our thoughts. The bright hello! from a child, that breaks through the clouds across our hearts and kindles a flame of joy. The ordinary moments that are rimmed with gold… if we will only take time to savor them… and bring light to darker ones. Such are the simple moments I try to capture in “word photo” here…
Carols of Christmas —
Thinking about Dicken’s Christmas Carol, and why he might have called it a carol… I decided to try and write some of my own… Some, just little snippets of Christmastime memories over the years. Others, more like lovely encounters, Guideposts-type stories. The Christmas an elderly woman, a stranger amongst us, made all the difference at our holiday table. The year I lost my grandfather on Christmas Day. The season a high school friend and I met someone who could only have been an angel. And more.
Autumn Leaves –
I wrote these as an ode to the beauty, warmth and unexpected blessings I’ve known in fiery-festive fall days… from childhood memories of pies baking with my mom after school, to God’s whispers at the wonder of hundreds of geese filling the sky above my office with their honking joy, to delicious autumn recipes that will warm your heart and soul.
Some opportunities come so out of the blue and wondrous, that you know they are not a simple coincidence. Such was my thought when I had the great pleasure of interviewing entertainer and singer, Andy Williams. From celebrities, to my then 13 year- old friend, Cait with a C, to planned interviews upcoming with noted authors… I love talking with well known or everyday people, capturing their lives and hearts in their stories. This is a category I’ve only just begun to explore.
Book and Movie Reviews –
I’m planning to add more to these two sections soon! So many books and movies… so little time.
Prayer Corner –
I have always loved to pray and lift others up. In this section, I occasionally invite you to join me in prayer for specific people and times of need, as well as to share any requests you may like us to pray with you about. For confidentiality, minimal name or identifying info is given… but enough to join in. Remembering the beautiful Bible promise…For wherever two or more gather together in MY Name, there I am… (Matthew 18:20)
Psalm Seasons –
Here I’ve written a few poetic lines as my own psalms unto God… words that have flowed in ordinary, pensive or prayerful moments when I have “heard” His voice in the rain falling, or autumn leaves dancing…
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE POSTS…
From my Christmas Carols Collection…
From my living letters word portraits…
From wonder days…
Some Autumn Leaves...
Interviews… Snippets to entice reading all the parts…
A BIENTOT! (or in other words… Hoping to see you soon! )
The lovely sound of languages… There’s just something about them that’s always moved me. Especially when sung. I once studied Spanish and a little Italian. But never French.
Lately – though I only know a smattering of French words – I’m loving the sound of them on my tongue. Maybe because I just finished reading the first two of Elizabeth Musser’s newest Trilogy set in France and enjoyed her sprinkling of the language and countryside images throughout. Or it may be that I’m suddenly quite hooked on a Canadian cooking program, called French Cooking At Home... just loving the feel of being invited to the host’s cozy chalet, the fun French-sound music that lights up the background of the entire 30 minutes… her contagious delight of speaking out those poetic-sounding French words.
So… a bientot (pronounced ah.bee.en.toe) seems a fun way to close this page… for I AM hoping to see you soon… because...
A cup of hot tea, a slice of warm patisserie fresh from the oven, is served here daily…just for you…
May you drink deeply and ever find new shades and colors… fresh nuances of light for your days… in every word photo of my gallery, each time you stop in!
And…should you crave a bit more from other writers who share my same bent for such croissant morsels… check out my Tea w/jam and bread tab beneath the header for a list of links to some blogging writers whose encouraging hearts nourish my spirit…and I think may lift yours too!
Oh… and… a bientoh!!
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