• On Writing

    “The Sage Ones”–Faith Influencers Over 50

    In pre Covid times when we could Go Places and See People, there were Christian Writing Conferences. In 2018 I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College (Grand Rapids MI) and came home resolved to do two things in my small corner of the internet. One of those resolutions is to champion the voices of women faith influencers over the age of 50, vastly underrepresented in the webosphere, in my humble opinion. Of course, being over 50 (over 60) myself, I was keenly aware of the lack of more seasoned, experience writers speaking into the lives of younger people. The women listed here kindly responded when I…

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    5 Questions for…Sophfronia Scott

    I  met Sophfronia Scott at the Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids April 2018.  I’d admired her writing work from afar, particularly an essay in Ruminate magazine about dancing in her kitchen. I knew she’d be speaking at the Festival and scanned the meeting places, looking for her beautiful dreadlocks and beaming smile. I noticed her at one of the hotel counters and taking gumption in hand, I introduced myself, told her what a fan I was of her writing and asked if I could interview her. She said “yes!” May I introduce Sophfronia Scott. 1) In your essay collection “Love’s Long Line” you begin by telling your…

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    5 Questions for…Deidra Riggs

    I began following Deidra Riggs online way back in 2012; I enjoyed her honesty, her wisdom and her down-to-earth take on spiritual issues. We finally met in person at the 2014 Faith and Culture Writer’s Conference in Oregon and we’ve continued the conversation on and off line since. I so appreciate her voice in the world. Please meet Deidra. 1)      You’ve worn many hats in the online Christian community—Managing Editor at the High Calling, TEDx talk speaker, blogger and author now of two books. Tell us about that journey. ​I believe strongly in going through the doors that open. It’s an approach that works well for me, because I’m not Type…

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    How I Became a Twitter Convert and Kept My Sanity

    I am still basking in the afterglow of a rich and rewarding five days at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Michigan. (Thank you, Grand Rapids, snow and all.)  I am exhausted and beyond tired. My brain is packed, my spirit is full to overflowing and my body has been existing on junk food since Friday. But it was totally worth it. Like all good writers attending a conference on writing, I took a new journal to mark the occasion. The simple no line, blank page model, an empty picture frame ready for a masterpiece to be placed inside. So much potential waiting for my pen.…

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    On God’s Timing (and Rejection Letters)

    “Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.” Little by little, the bird builds its nest. (from the French) Why does it always seem like the final hours of a long trip last forever when all you can think about is your comfortable bed? My husband and I had just spent a recent weekend with our son and his family so the two of them could work on car repairs; their family van was kaput primarily because of a timing belt. Clearly life and car repairs mirror each other often—timing is everything. Now, I have no idea what a timing belt does but I’ve heard my husband moan more than once…

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    Why Your Story Matters

    Some friends and I were having lunch the other day, discussing various challenges to find the time to write—caring for children, caring for our homes, talking with spouses, all manner of delights and duties. Then there was the other ‘D’—distractions. In between bites of fish and chips I lamented the ease with which I am sucked into all sorts of social media vortexes. That particular morning it was Instagram; I decried the slippery decline away from what I actually set out to do—write an original thought or two, unhindered by all those other virtual voices. My friend Holly told us about what she called a ‘download’ earlier that week straight…

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    Why Writing a Book is Like Building a House

    Besides having a book that is ‘under construction’, we have a window project that began last year right after Thanksgiving, which is also in process. In fact, we have ladders placed as a permanent fixture in front of our house, waiting for the day when my husband can get back up and finish the installation of new siding. In the meantime I’m grateful for the cover of our birch trees that are filling in with their leaves, hiding a view of our construction zone from the street. We have had another project under construction for five years–the roof on our back deck. But life keeps getting in the way, in…