INSPIRATION

Sounds Like Home

For most of us, holidays are a time of travel and reunion. This post, first published in December of 2015, salutes the sounds of my  own homecoming. Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2018! Writers eavesdrop. Call it a habit, a reflex, a skill or just a…

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Winter’s Work

The trees in my backyard acknowledge the cooler temperatures in two ways. One likes to drop its leaves overnight, while the other holds on, slowly changing its colors, shedding a few leaves at a time. Life has its seasons and mysteries. Sometimes change is almost gentle, and we can take our time letting go. Other…

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Be Awake

Note: I wrote this post in memory of my grandmother, “Gee Gee,” almost one year ago. Her birthday is this week. For more than a decade, I lived 10 hours away from home. Illinois was nice, but I missed the South. The architecture of valleys and mountains. Raindrops pattering through thick branches and leaves instead of…

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Beautiful Weeds

Note: The vines have returned. Let’s revisit this post from July 2016. I’ve been Southern all my life. Even so, returning home after more than a decade in the Midwest did require adjustments. I call this process my “Re-Southernization.” 1. Overcoming the shock of dramatic indoor-outdoor temperature changes. We’re a strong, heat-tolerant people, but we…

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Slow Love

The first Georgia turtle I rescued was downright hostile. He was one of those land-water hybrid models with a narrow, pointed snorkel nose, and he windmilled his long legs around, attempting to claw me as I delivered him to the other side of the street. You’re welcome. Months later on a busy road, I spotted…

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Healing, Love and Peace

This rose, a hybrid cataloged as “Love and Peace,” was not always bold and colorful. When I stepped outside to water my garden one morning, the entire plant had been sliced across the top. Every branch was the same height, every cut clean and precise. When I found leaves stripped from several stems, I knew the…

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Creative for Creatives; Confidence for All

Although I have a long history of writing for financial services and insurance clients, I also serve as a “creative” for other creatives, including writers, website developers, graphic designers and similar artists. I’m not surprised by requests to write copy for other entrepreneurs, even when a business owner also works in the marketing/advertising industry. The assets we find so…

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The Best Advice For You

I respect storms. My elementary school in Alabama had weather-related emergency drills and more than one close call. Our human instinct to pull together as a community and rebuild inspires me, but writing articles about tornadoes for an Illinois magazine and an insurance company’s internal publication also increased my appreciation for weather bulletins. Someone called this week with plenty of warnings…

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How To See People

Driving in and around Atlanta is an adventure, a kaleidoscope of traffic and close calls. I stopped at a red light last week, looked to my left and as I turned my head and pulled forward, I had the faintest glimpse of an approaching vehicle moving into the lane I was entering. Too late for me…

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Public Speaking for Writers

Writers love words, but speaking in public can be an unfamiliar experience for some first-time authors who want to deliver speeches, offer book signings or lead workshops. After teaching classes to potential trainers and coaching individual speakers, I’ve compiled 10 of my easiest presentation tips anyone can use. Change your mind. Your business, the program or venue may require a lecture…

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