I’m super proud of my friend, Tez Brooks. In 2015 he published The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering. and has decided to write a follow-up, PreLaunching: How to Prepare Your Teen for Adulting in Today’s World.
A writer loses a bit of their heart when they write … especially books on how to raise children. But serendipitously, they gain more than they lose. They gain a depth of understanding of their topic–and a resolve to be the best they can be on the matter.
If you’re a parent, have a parent, or know a parent … treat yourself and follow Tez. And if you’re a writer, know he understands your world. Try to stump him with a question … he won’t let you down.
Is there a story in you, thrashing around to get out? Is your glass half full or half empty—or is the substance in your glass dancing and whirlpooling?
You could be a writer-in-waiting.
Check out Edie Melson’s post. It offers seven tips on how to be ready when inspiration hits.
Be ready. Offer your impressions to life. Tell your story. There are others who are waiting to read what you have to write.
The definition of a meme is a concept or idea that is shared on the internet. It can be anything from an image … email … or video. However the most common meme is an image with a caption. Because both words and images are used, memes resonate with people more than just words or images alone.
I love creating memes that share positivity and I’ve dedicated a page on my website, Shareables and Quotes, to post memes I’ve created. And I’m thrilled to share them with you. All pictures are my property and are appropriate to copy. Feel free to snag any and use them to emphasize what you’re trying to say.
I will be adding new memes periodically, so don’t be a stranger. Come back and see what’s new.
Don’t be shy! Let me know what you think.
Some blogs are so profound they touch your heart. Other blogs stay with you because of their simplicity and honesty.
Cory Lebovitz’s post falls into the category of the latter when writing about serving others.
Thank you, Cory, for reminding us that service isn’t for the lofty. It’s for us all.
Check out Cory’s post.
Here’s a challenge for all bloggers: Look through your first blog post.
After you finish giggling and rolling your eyes, think about what you just read. Think about the person who wrote it. Think about how life has changed since then. now, congratulate yourself for sticking with it!
For complete transparency, I’ve included my first post from December 2010, and this is what I found:
- I am still trying to publish a book—a different one this time, but a book, nonetheless.
- While my speaking ministry has progressed, there are times I still question my ability to tell others of God’s great mercy and grace for us.
- I still realize I am nothing without Christ. My comfort has nothing to do with how good God is in my life. And the scripture still rings true. His plans are still etched in stone.
Acceptance. It’s what we want, but do we offer it? Instead, we tend to exasperate those who see life differently than we do.
We’re all different. It may not seem like it, but none of us share the exact experiences that would make us the same. Some came from a comfortable home life and solid family of origin, while others struggled with empty bellies and absentee parents.
We may look the same, go to the same schools or even read the same books. But a time comes … something happens … then POW out of nowhere, differences appear.
Our feelings get hurt, or we hurt someone else’s feelings. It’s sad, really. Because we are not the same and inevitably, diversity in how we think or see the world appear.
The answer: Celebrate differences! Learn from one another. Because really, who else do we learn from than those who are different than us?
You just returned from a writer’s conference. You met people who poured their wisdom into your life and you will never be the same again. Life as a writer has taken on legs and you’re confident you’re on the right course.
Then you curl up into a ball, sit in your favorite chair, and stare at the television.
What just happened to you? Read my latest post on the Blue Ridge Conference.
As I watch 2017 fill the rearview mirror, I couldn’t let the year end without thanking you all—each one of you—for all your likes, comments and follows. A blogger isn’t a blogger unless their words are read.
You’ve encouraged me, challenged me and consoled me when Life didn’t go as planned.
I appreciate each of you and look forward to continuing our chats in the new year. May God’s blessings fill your life beyond measure.
Do you have a critical spirit? Would your friends agree with you? Check out Brandon Adam’s post. I hope it leaves you questioning the use of your “filters”.
For any of you who knew Bruce Brady, there’s a cloud of sadness over those dealing with his death. His encouragement was without end. And his wisdom and insight were always delivered with love and compassion. Below is a post he wrote for The Write Conversation in 2016. In remembrance of him, Edie Melson, co-director of Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference shared this post again.
Thanks, Bruce. Your life made a difference.