Make it Monday | Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Or so the song claims. I tend to agree, but also know that such expectation can often leave us wanting more. The wonder and magic of the season can get lost amid the running around, the shopping, the parties, the traveling. Not to mention wrestling with emotional … Continue reading Make it Monday | Christmas

Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Whenever I say, 'Santa Lucia,' I can't help picturing - and, frankly, hearing - Don Knots attempting to sing the traditional Italian song as Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show. So many other, better singers have recorded it, but for some reason, Knots' is the version that sticks in my head. However, that was … Continue reading Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Make it Monday | St. Nick

It's Christmastime! To start off the first week of Advent, let's talk Santa. Before pictures of the jolly, old elf with the red suit jump to mind, I'd like to take us back a few centuries. First, however, here's a little background on Advent, which will inform our topics the next several weeks. Advent itself … Continue reading Make it Monday | St. Nick

Make it Monday | Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. One of my favorite parts about the holiday is hosting the big feast. There's nothing better to me than a table full of food and surrounded by family (or those adopted as family for the day). Despite my love of the holiday, I know Thanksgiving has a lot of pressure. It may … Continue reading Make it Monday | Thanksgiving

Reading Wednesday | The End of the Magi

The End of the Magi, by Patrick W. Carr, mixes Biblical Fiction with an epic quest like those found in the Fantasy genre. It follows a young magi, Myrad, as he simultaneously flees for his life and follows the star pointing to the new Messiah. He meets friends, foes, danger, and success throughout the journey. … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The End of the Magi

Living in the in Between

The week between Christmas and New Years is an awkward time. Christmas is over, but lights and trees are still up. The year is ending, but the new one hasn't begun. We feel sluggish from the holiday sweets, but not ready to start new year resolutions. It's an in between time that doesn't feel like … Continue reading Living in the in Between

The Light of Christmas

Christmas, that most wonderful time of the year. It can be also be challenging: winter storms muddle travel, parties over-fill our calendar, family can have its own dynamics. Nevertheless, it has always been my favorite holiday. To me, Christmas has a certain magic. The sparkly lights, snow glistening on the ground, carols on the radio, … Continue reading The Light of Christmas

A Writer’s Advent – Peace

It's that most wonderful time of the year. But even with lights, family, presents, holiday movies, and great food, one emotion often eludes us: Peace. We can have everything on our wish list, but that settled calm seems to slip through our fingers. We may ask ourselves why we feel disquieted on such a silent … Continue reading A Writer’s Advent – Peace

The Writer’s Advent – Joy

Joy, an emotion that lights up the eyes of a child when they open a gift to find their dreams come true. It fills the soul like a warm cup of soup on a winter's night. It switches out wrinkles for smile lines on the eldest person's face. No time is joy more easily come … Continue reading The Writer’s Advent – Joy

The Writer’s Advent: Love

Love. What better topic to cover during this Christmas Season? As writers, we cover the topic of love from many different angles. It's a desire that drives a character to good or evil. The reason behind a character's action. Of course, there's romantic love. So what makes Christmas Love even more special? I think of … Continue reading The Writer’s Advent: Love