20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 1/4)

Last Saturday, I wrote my 200th blog post. Two years after I started to write and post for the very first time! Today, to commemorate that milestone, I’m going to share 20 things I've learned about writing from these 200 blog posts. But I’m going to give you these five at a time; in short, … Continue reading 20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 1/4)

My blog turns 2! (Part 2 of Commemorative)

Last week, I wrote the first of a two-part series on how my blog made it to its 2nd anniversary! The piece was generally positive, even exuberant in its tone if I do say so myself. After all, what's not to be exuberant about when it comes to celebrating anniversaries and milestones, right? Well, the … Continue reading My blog turns 2! (Part 2 of Commemorative)

Living and writing from the “in-between” moments

I hate this place. Sitting here staring blankly at the laptop screen, wondering what to say, what to type, what to create next. The truth, or at least some transcendent revelation, is what I hope to always post up and put down for posterity, for my loved ones, for the world. But what if "truth" … Continue reading Living and writing from the “in-between” moments

Help! I have “Reader’s Block”…and more!!

There's really no other way to say this. I really do have "Reader's Block"! Yea I know, I hear your questions. The spoken ones that seek clarification; and the unspoken ones that wonder if I'm a runaway inmate from some nearby asylum! Of course I'm hoping the more likely question would simply be: "Does he … Continue reading Help! I have “Reader’s Block”…and more!!

Would you invest $2,000 to learn to write and to “recover” yourself? I did.

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. Yes, I can hardly believe it myself too! Especially when I'm a 50 year old minimum wage earner, without a steady income stream, yet with a family to feed. Seems reckless, even irresponsible. Right? And writing. Really? That much money spent for something that I ought to … Continue reading Would you invest $2,000 to learn to write and to “recover” yourself? I did.

Losing my “read-ligion”! How reading’s become more restless than restful

As a writer, I shouldn't be asking this question. Yet here I am, asking it anyway. Why do I read? Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com I thought I knew the answer to this. I read in order to learn things; to understand things; to enjoy things. I read to discover what I've yet to discover, … Continue reading Losing my “read-ligion”! How reading’s become more restless than restful

Growing up lonely – with chick lit books!

I have a confession to make about books, one I've told no one before. Not even my wife.     Ready?         I grew up on the entire series of Malory Towers and The Twins at St. Clare's, by acclaimed children's author Enid Blyton. And when I grew older, I read women's classics like Little Women and Pride … Continue reading Growing up lonely – with chick lit books!

2020 Reflections & Musings #4 of 4 – Let’s not release the “Pause” button just yet.

In his book "Lonely On the Mountain", novelist Louis L'Amour had this to say: "There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." I find that to be very true, especially in this history-making year of 2020. Who doesn't want to believe the worst will well and truly … Continue reading 2020 Reflections & Musings #4 of 4 – Let’s not release the “Pause” button just yet.

My Conflicted Christmas 2020 Musings #2 of 2

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko on Pexels.com Picture it. Two men emerge from a delivery van parked at the bottom of an apartment block. They start to unload parcels in all shapes and sizes, placing them in an orderly fashion on the pavement. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason where each parcel is … Continue reading My Conflicted Christmas 2020 Musings #2 of 2