spiritual life, writing

In defense of small and quirky

"A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of." Ogden Nash, American poet I once knew a couple who were clever in ways that made their very presence a delight -- even if their skills didn't bring much cash to their bank accounts. They milked a small herd of goats to… Continue reading In defense of small and quirky

books, writing

Learning an author by heart

“I do not know everything; still many things I understand.” Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time" These three Madeleine L'Engle books are among several that feature the Austin family. They were written over nearly 40 years, although the characters age only four years or so. The way L'Engle fit the same characters into the day… Continue reading Learning an author by heart

blogging, writing

The year of blogging joyfully

“They were linked by the usual shared enthusiasms to which lovers give exaggerated importance: a fondness for Vivaldi and the Beatles.” Christopher J. Koch, The Year of Living Dangerously I've learned two things in my first year of producing JOY Journal. One, I enjoy interacting with other creatives -- even if it is digitally. Two,… Continue reading The year of blogging joyfully

blogging, books, writing

3 ways pros ditch writer’s block

“Writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all.” Charles Bukowski, German-American poet, The Last Night of the Earth Poems Deadlines and the need of a newsroom for each writer to pull his or her own weight have a remarkable way of eliminating writer's block. Journalists don't have it. I don't just suspect… Continue reading 3 ways pros ditch writer’s block