Monday, December 18, 2017

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For me, the joy mothering has been my call, my vocation and my silent witness to the world for 32 years. Now writing is becoming the method of expressing that vocation to a world that has largely forgotten the wisdom of mothers and more importantly, the wisdom of children.

Blogging has helped me emerge from a prison of isolation because I am writing to real people who respond, offer encouragement and helpful tips. It seems that the need to interact with writers and readers arises from the fact that I am a social being who learns from other people.

My dark fears, which froze any... Read More

Reclusive Seattle author AB Bard’s poetry has twice been nominated for the Pushcart. He is the author under a pseudonym of two other hysterical novels, or perhaps historical novels, neither of which is funny. Mr. Bard is not now, nor has he ever been, a member of the Republican Party. Mr. Bard does not Tweet. He was awarded a sheepskin (BAaa) from Reed College Sleeper Cell. His one super power is the ability to repel all conventional measures of literary success. Mr. Bard is lap to a cat, pal to a girl, God to a dog, & dog to the Man.

Have Fun!

I am a writer with a multiple... Read More

Why are we so quick to latch onto pronouncements from prophets or ancient societies that give us a heads up on the future? Each time a doomsday warning snatches the top spot in the news media many of us are sure that this time we know the exact date of our death. It seems we would rather have bad news than no news at all.

According to one of the most famous men to have ever lived, Jesus, no one knows the time and date of the end of the world. He also had a direct line to the God, only saying or doing what He saw his Father in heaven doing.

So why do we want to know the date of... Read More

I want to offer you something to think about today. On the surface it is a very simple idea. In many ways the simplicity is why I feel it works so well. If something is too complicated when it comes to human behavior, most of the time I do not put too much stock in it. Narrow it down and get to the core and there is a better chance it will be helpful to you.

Let me paint a scenario for you to think about. I offer you this as it is something most of us deal with on a regular basis. Especially when our children are small.

I offer you Johnny who is 6 and Billy who is 8.... Read More

Look at a typical modern nuclear family. They are self-sufficient; they do not need to co-operate with neighbours, relatives or friends to survive. Worse still, each member of the nuclear family lives in a technological bubble supplied with their own cell phone, earplugs, iPad, laptop, staring at personal T.V screens. Men are cut off from each other, their own true self and God.

However when a tragedy strikes, the trauma shakes everyone out of their individual igloos and suddenly there is a sense of a collective sharing of emotions. Everyone experiences and shares in the same sense... Read More

I had mothered nine children and helped run a hobby farm for 30 years without actually sitting down and producing anything besides editing high school or university essays for my kids. No that is not a typo; it had been 30 years not months since I had the time to actually sit with the intention of writing. Naturally when I did stare at a modern keyboard, I froze. For one thing it was not my old manual typewriter that I had pounded on as a poor student but something modern and completely foreign.

I considered writing to be a solitary craft but looking at a blank screen or talking into... Read More

I was reading an article by Isabel Anders which included inspirational quotes from famous authors, when one quotation resonated within me, lifting my spirits. In a comment, I wrote:

"Your quotes slip like liquid sunshine into the shadows of my heart."

A scant few minutes later, Megan Broutain burst out,

"Yowza. That is deep".

She created a unique pin with my words in a matter of minutes without any obvious effort. As a computer illiterate, Megan's techenical skills on the computer left me dumbfounded.

This button is a playful creation which none of us could... Read More

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