A study in penmanship: Can you read this writing?

I have a conundrum. I try to journal a couple of times a week. I'll stop what I'm doing for ten to fifteen minutes to write about my worries, fears, hopes, dreams, things that I’m thankful for and even upcoming events on our calendar. It’s all pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. I’ve found that when I put …

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A parent’s nightmare: Kid’s last minute homework

I stood up from the desk, bleary-eyed and tired, and looked out the window at the nighttime sky. I had been tapping away at the computer for a good five hours and I had at least another two hours of work in front of me. I had written 18 pages of a 20-page paper on …

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Fiction: A father’s special gift

A short story on a father's return in a moment of crisis and the power of redemption.  ____________________________________ Dan clutched his bag and got up to leave. He passed empty desk after desk and let out a curse. How come he was the only one still at work? The rest of the team had called in …

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The battle over the Oxford comma!

The English language is a frustrating friend. She'll wow you with great writing that reaches across the page and touches your soul. She'll string together stunning phrase after stunning phrase that turns the mundane into something out-of-this-world and leaves you breathless. And then you sit down to write and she’ll trick you into using “there” …

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Fighting writer’s block

The words and ideas come fast and furious. I can’t get them down on the laptop screen fast enough. They spill out of me bucket after bucket, more defined than the one before. I string two phrases together and two more replace them around the bend. I finish with one blog and before I know …

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The year in Writing from the Heart: 2017

When I was new to the workforce, I wrote every day. I churned out copy faster than President Trump, love him or hate him, pushes out a new tweet. When my career took a few unexpected twists and turns, I wrote less, but still needed a creative outlet. Fortunately, I got the idea for this …

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Thou shalt judge

I saw a meme the other day that nailed me to a “t.” It read: Things I will not judge you for: Sexuality, religion or race. The meme then included three things that I will judge you for: Not signaling, while driving; how you treat wait staff; and which way you place the toilet paper. …

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Mocking a cliche

Like many things, they started out interesting. They were fun and fresh and seemed to offer some bold insights. And then they were everywhere and quickly tiresome and boring. What? Finger spinners, Snapchat filters, or the Vineyard Vines whale? No, I'm talking about the internet feature "Letter to My Younger Self," of course. I’ve counted …

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Tugging at your heart-strings

Prolific Chicago children’s author and TED conference speaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote in The New York Times online Style section in early March of her quest for more time. If she couldn’t beat the dreaded cancer that had stricken her body, then she wanted to make sure that her husband found someone new once she …

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A sucker for a good story, even This Is Us

I’m a sucker for a good story. When I was a kid, my parents had a family friend. He had a folksy manner and a slow drawl that drew you into any story he was telling. My parents would occasionally make the long Sunday drive to visit with him and his wife. The adults would sit …

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