Bullies & BFFs

I picked Maggie up from school, and she hopped in the car with the same vigor she'd expressed every other day that week. She immediately asked me for a snack and settled into her seat, humming a tune. I had no reason to suspect she'd had anything but a completely pleasant day, right? "Maggie, how... Continue Reading →

Gratitude through adversity

Today's guest contributor is one of my English Composition I students, Ryan Clack. He's graciously given me permission to share his first essay of the fall semester with all of you. I was inspired and touched by his essay; I'm sure you will be, too. What Makes Ryan Clack, Ryan Clack? Answering the question above... Continue Reading →

Oh, to be thankful!

Big thanks to my lifelong best friend, MeLissa Massey Horseman, for making gratitude a family affair. I love you, MeLissa. Dailen (9 ½) – I’m thankful for a house, my family, and myself.  I feel that thankfulness means you are appreciative and have a good attitude about stuff people give you.   Lexa (8) –... Continue Reading →

Love…

Today's post is by my friend and regular contributor Debra Dickey.  Love.   An oddly challenging concept for me to write about --- definitions and dimensions; cursive and variegated; richly prismatic, yet often elusive.  I understand love, I know what love is all about, and I am quite unselfish when sharing love. Fluid in sentiment and... Continue Reading →

Liz, Mom, and the Witch

Today's post is written by Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, one of my writing mentors and former professors. Every time Dr. Murphy contributes to this blog and sends me a post, I cannot wait to read it. I know I'll enjoy the story--and I know the story will speak to me.  Bethany asked us to share... Continue Reading →

The Ravine

*The following essay was written by one of my students, Samantha Jones, in English Composition I about a place of significance. While this essay is not in letter format, it does pay homage to the memories of her childhood and her sister. For that reason, I asked for her permission to share it with all... Continue Reading →

Dear Maggie

*During the month of November, I like to write letters--and feature guest writers who write letters--to thank people and to express gratitude. Since my entire blog centers on gratitude, this letter writing project during November is just another way to express my gratitude. The act of living in gratitude is something I practice as part... Continue Reading →

The gifts that make a difference

Today's post is written by my student, Jordan Fryman, who wrote this essay in response to the question, "What are three gifts you've received in 2013, and why are they significant to you?" Growing up I have received several gifts, both tangible and  intangible, but the older I get I have realized that the gifts... Continue Reading →

The gift of growing up

Today's post is written by my student, Regan Doyle, who wrote this essay in response to the question, "What are three gifts you've received this year, and what are their significance?" I'll miss having Regan in class, but I know we'll keep in touch--I need a good fashion consultant in my life :). The year... Continue Reading →

Touchstone people

My stepsister Sarah lived with us from the time I was in first grade until the end of fifth grade. My three sisters and I loved having one more girl around. That's not to say we didn't have our typical childhood squabbles. But for the most part, we were happy to be together, and we... Continue Reading →

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