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Poetry Friday and a wintery haiku

It’s Poetry Friday! Buffy Silverman and her driftwood “Menorah Man” welcome us at her blog. Today I’m rushing to share a poem I wrote this summer during my haiku study.  It feels like August was so long ago!     A bitter morning coffee steams in the reflection of a predawn window. Happy Poetry Friday! […]

We have a winner! Footprints on the Ceiling goes too …

At long last, a winner of the book giveaway! The Random Number Generator selected comment #10. (Sorry, iPhone photo alert.)   Congratulations go to Jackie, who commented: Jackie says: November 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm My health is something I often take for granted-until I am not feeling well. When I go to the doctor […]

Footprints on the Ceiling, by Dorcas Smucker + author interview + GIVEAWAY!!

From lessons learned while riding on the back of a motorbike in Thailand to the importance of small, daily steps taken in pursuit of a goal, Dorcas Smucker shares vignettes of her daily life as a wife and mother, Mennonite woman, and writer in her latest book, Footprints on the Ceiling. Dorcas writes a column […]

Tips for writing blog posts in list format

Every week I get practical writing tips delivered to my email inbox from The Publication Coach, Daphne Gray-Grant. In this week’s post, she discusses effectively writing blog posts and articles in list format. You know, those eye-catching articles like, 19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone and iPad User Should Know. As a writer, I’m aware that […]

Poetry Friday & First Words by Joyce Sutphen

One of our most generous poets, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, is hosting the gathering this week at The Poem Farm. Whenever I make the Poetry Friday rounds, I end up with books on my wish list. Sometimes I buy them long after I can remember who recommended a particular book or author. If you recommended First […]

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

You know that feeling, when you pick up a new picture book, and just the endpapers alone have you swooning? The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus did that to me. This picture book biography manages to have the grand narrative arc and engaging storytelling typically attributed to fairy tales or dramatic novels, and the […]

Poetry Friday and Fun with The Haiku Anthology

Renee Tulippe at No Water River has this week’s round up!   Months ago Diane Mayr graciously guided my reading for learning more about haiku. I’ve been sipping at The Haiku Anthology before bed, rather like a cup of hot tea. It’s comforting to read timeless observations of the natural world when everything in 2014 […]