• On Writing

    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.…

  • Made Things

    Jumping in with Both Feet

    Jan. 23, 2012 Snow day It’s not actually a snow day here in the Seattle area.   It’s a ‘recover-from-the-snow-and-ice-and-wind-damage-day’ so there is no school. And, since I’m a teacher, blessed me, there’s oodles of extra time from the Time Keeper, my Heavenly Father, to do what He’s called me to do–write to you. But first, since we rarely if ever get weather like this, here are a few pictures…. Ice crystals on fir branches Front yard with very flexible, ice-embedded jacquemontii birch trees. Poor viburnum, Pink Dawn, was just beginning to bud…. Since I have no idea what to say or where to start, I’ll offer you this. My first blog post…