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

A Writer’s Thanksgiving

As a writer, it can be easy to lose sight of what we are thankful for amid rejection letters, failed technology, and endless revisions. Today, the people of the United States take a day out of our lives to remember all the things for which we can be thankful (while eating amazing food and watching … Continue reading A Writer’s Thanksgiving

The ‘I’ and the ‘We’

Identity theorist Erik Erikson said, "To truly meet others with whom we share a 'we,' one must have a sense of 'I'." I've been thinking about identity lately and this quote often plays in my mind when that subject comes up. We inevitably see the world through our own lens. Our history - the good … Continue reading The ‘I’ and the ‘We’

Take a Moment

It's that time of year, the election year. I don't plan to address politics, actually I plan to do the opposite. Because, growing up in Chicago taught me one thing about politics... you have to shake your head and keep smiling (after you've voted early and often, of course). With so much access to all … Continue reading Take a Moment