And Why do Some Thrive While others Falter Under Pressure?
RE: Your Long Absence
My dearest, darling muse,
It’s been nearly a year since you left me. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve missed your snark and light-hearted wit. The freedom and adventure you once instilled in me has withered, leaving my soul collapsed around sadness and fear.
I pray each day that the stress radiating from every avenue of life will subside and give you a fighting chance to break through, but this world we now live in is not the same world of my youth…
How a Spirit Guide Shaped My Future
I knew he was not a dream. He watched me with nonthreatening curiosity. He was tall and broad through the shoulders. His long, black braids lay flat against his chest. His skin was the color of honey; the green in his eyes like new corn stalks growing in my dad’s garden.
He seemed ancient but couldn’t have been more than thirty years old.
His beaded smock had feathers and earth-toned beads woven over the deerskin, with fringe along the sleeves. His calloused hand clasped around what looked to be a tiny animal skull…
Lay it Aside
I’m one of the lucky ones. It took me fifteen years to get where I am, but I’m finally living a blessed life. Perfect husband. Perfect home. Perfect puppies. Perfect life. Like I said, I’ve been lucky, until a recent incident shook my family to the core.
Imagine my anger when someone threatened the world we’d built. We felt betrayed and hurt, completely stunned, in fact. When I witnessed how false accusations and unfair judgment dulled a beautiful, genuine soul, I wanted to lash out.
But I didn’t. Why, you ask? For two reasons. First, because he…
Jump on the Technology Train or Get Run Over
Is it because I’m not a perky young recent graduate, ready to bleed for the job? Maybe. But I’m still qualified to do most anything, and I have grown up bills that need to be paid. I’m of the age where having no health insurance could mean my life.
The True Victims of Suicide
I read an article once that said the suicidal individual is the one who, for whatever reason, is too sensitive to handle the stresses and evils of the world. They give up on this life not only to escape but for a chance at a reboot. A do-over. A fresh start.
I, for one, believe, at least in the case of my brother, that this world was too heavy for his light soul. It was heavier on him than everyone else. …
Arrogance or Confidence
May 4, 2020, the winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced via an online Zoom feed from Columbia University. It took twenty excruciating minutes of listening to the dozen other categories before the fiction winner was read.
I held my breath and prayed. Up until the moment, I really believed I could win. My heart wrenching novel, Beyond Forever, ticked every emotional and literary box. There was absolutely no reason it couldn’t take the prize.
If by some miracle, my entry was announced, even as a finalist, it could change my life. Up until then I allowed…
Comparisons in Preparedness
I apologize ahead of time for choosing an overworked topic, but these are the times we’re living in. It pays to be informed.
I love prompts. I’m accepting this challenge with all intent on gaining some insight into my own mental vacation.
I’ve been in a slump. Not necessarily a writer’s block, per se, more a disinterested party to my own dream —kind of block. You see, I’m one of the lucky ones. Two years ago I was granted a wish. I was given the chance to write full time, rather than deal with the hum drum day to days of a ‘regular’ job.
Can you imagine how cool it is to be granted such a gift? I can. …
Hint: Determination should be their number one trait.
Moving across country was an exciting adventure, but re-establishing a personal care network was an overwhelming undertaking, to say the least.
It’s funny the things you take for granted when you live in the same town your entire life. I knew everything about my central California hometown. What to do in an earthquake. All the short cuts to avoid traffic. The best hole-in-the-wall pizza places. Most effective schools. Fastest dry cleaner. Coolest hairstylist. Cheapest gasoline. Even the highest ranked doctors…or so I thought.
But I knew zero about Georgia when I first…