The golden ticket essay

*One of my students, Jared Tickner, in Comp II this semester gave me permission to share this essay with all of you. This is his first essay for the semester; I read it after reading a stack of other essays that were good essays but didn't quite measure up in one way or another. Some... Continue Reading →

My mother’s Emmy Award winning moment

*Special thanks to Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy for serving as today's guest writer. Always a pleasure to read her work!*           Timing was everything.  The sound of The Huntley-Brinkley Report emanating from the television in our living room was my ticking clock, each word a precious second flying by.  Night after night as they delivered... Continue Reading →

We plan. God laughs.

Our plans for the entire weekend fell apart. A workshop I planned on hosting had to be rescheduled due to dangerous weather conditions. I felt so disappointed. I'd been looking forward to the chance to see old friends and benefit from the shared experience, strength, and hope during the workshop. I was elated that my... Continue Reading →

Mama DID

My mom had a rough go of it growing up. I won't share details, because they are my mom's to share, but trust me. Despite the circumstances of her childhood, my mom chose to have four daughters, all of us about two years apart. When she found herself a single mom with four children under... Continue Reading →

Top 12 things I’m grateful for in 2012

Recently I wrote a blog post for my personal blog, My 2012 gift list, and listed the most significant gifts I received in 2012. I didn't list tangible objects or even relationships on the list--I limited my gift list to the intangible yet priceless blessings I received in the form of lessons, inspirations, and virtues.... Continue Reading →

A writer’s gratitude

*Thank you, Toinette Thomas, for your willingness to serve as today's guest contributor.* My life is not and has not been easy, but when compared to so many others less fortunate than me, my life is actually pretty sweet. I’m a self-published author, which basically means that I’m not afraid of a challenge, am often... Continue Reading →

The written word

In an era marked by sore thumbs from rampant texting and Tweeting, the written word seems to have faded into the communicative background, or at best, been shortened, squeezed, and compressed into an abbreviated form of its former self. Sure, the written word still has its place. But as the price of postage rises, and... Continue Reading →

Spring cleaning

Since writing about some of my very deep, personal struggles on my blog, I have noticed that my friends (and sometimes people I don't even know well) have started sharing their own struggles  with me and with other people in their lives. One friend told me she's ready to seek counseling and is open to... Continue Reading →

Beyond Lucky

Special thanks to Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, my former professor and fabulous author, for agreeing to write for the Daily Dose of Gratitude blog. Beyond Lucky My maternal grandmother’s name was Emma.  She could shine a sunbeam through my gloomiest thought, sprinkle a soft rain onto my smoldering temper, and splash a dash of magic... Continue Reading →

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