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

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

gardening, spiritual life, writing

The writer’s dilemma

“It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.” -- Steve Goodier, inspirational author We have an odd front yard. By a quirk of street layout, this part of our property is unusually long and skinny for our neighborhood, meaning we have the sheer frontage to collect not… Continue reading The writer’s dilemma