The Best Rejection I Ever Got

I sat at the table in the appointment room at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference. Sweat built on my brow and on my hands. I gazed at the agent as he scrutinized my submission to him. Then he turned his kind gaze to me. We talked. He rejected my submission. What was my reaction? ...continue reading

To Those Who Loved with an Open Hand

In the United States, when someone serves in our Armed Forces, be it in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, they do so voluntarily. People serve for different reasons. Funding for college, escaping a dead-end life, following in the footsteps of parents, and above all, patriotism. When someone enlists or becomes ...continue reading

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Be True to Self

Years ago, when I was working in one of my jobs, a coworker from another office came down for the week. Dirk* was a fun guy to be around, very chatty and friendly. He came across as extremely flirtatious. And I responded because I assumed he was single. When I garnered the courage to inquire ...continue reading

On Finding Focus

Here it goes again. That was my one thought as I considered the long-term path of my blogging. Many, many years ago, I’d started out blogging about my life. No focus. I got a new website and narrowed my focus to writing. I was a writer, after all. Shouldn’t that help? Turns out, no. While ...continue reading