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Taking Long Looks

People without hope not only don’t write novels…they don’t read them. They don’t take long looks at anything. —Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners I detest most games, especially board (or is it bored?) games. Even as a child, as the … Continue reading

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My Mom, the Storyteller

Most writers seem to come from families of voracious readers. I am not one of those writers. Unlike me, my mother would much prefer a good Masterpiece Theater or some witty conversation to reading a book. In fact, she has … Continue reading

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The Power of a Good Book

Trisha Yearwood had a hit a few years back, “The Song Remembers When.” Music has the power to place you back in a certain time in a unique way. Perhaps it’s just me, but I find that to be true … Continue reading

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Of bird nests and writing . . .

Spring is an enchanted season: buds just waiting to burst, chilly mornings that give way to gentle, warm afternoons, limbs that were brown and bare a minute ago suddenly sport a tinge of green. It is all so expectant and … Continue reading

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When a Picture is Worth a Thousand (800) Words . . .

I am always fascinated by the first moment of inspiration–when that spark, even if it is only a glint in the periphery, makes itself known. It may take only a moment to be acknowledged and acted upon, or it might … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to Milledgeville Part II

In true Flannery O’Connor fashion, the road to her family home is not a straight one. I can’t help but think she gets a good laugh each time one of her devotees ends up at the non-descript Milledgeville Mall, which … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to Milledgeville Part I

God bless my sweet husband. I realize that going two hours out of the way on a 14-hour car trip with children is asking a bit much. And that this particular detour was to an out-of-the-way old farm house in … Continue reading

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