Category: Reviews

Where Wonder is Lacking

A review of the film Wonder, better late than never (and a little longer than normal) I saw the trailer for Wonder through social media. I was in tears. Others saw the movie. They told me it had a great message about bullying. I waited for an opportunity to see

Meet Flannery O’Connor

At a time when it seems society’s rules are either niceness or insult, sentimentality over thought, I began to feel out of place in my riots of opinion, when the words poured out in a verbose storm. My writing is steady but the network is small. I lack the ever-desirable

Living With Intention: A Review of The Grace of Enough

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   There are some pretty common themes in the writing you see here week by week. I did not start out with this vision in mind. As I reflect, more than anything, I would say, the topics have circled around the idea of

Shopping for Your Literary Medicine Cabinet

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   What do you read when you need to cope? Or do you? Haley Stewart, author and host of the Fountains of Carrots podcast, published an ebook called “The Literary Medicine Cabinet: A Guide to Self-Care through Good Books.” The books in the

Memoir Excerpt, a piece of our story: The Flight to Egypt

In honor of Peter’s record-breaking time out of the hospital, 5 1/2 months and counting, I’d like to share the following, an excerpt from my memoir, What God Had Emptied. I am in the process of submitting to publishers now. This excerpt won Best of Show for Literary Arts at the

Stories of Hope: A Conversation with the Rykert Trio

  I think back often to this interview, so even though it first came out in May, I’d like to share it with you now. All around us, there are individuals transcending their suffering to build up their community.   Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch It had not

Stories of Hope: A Conversation with Holly Anna Calligraphy

  How one woman uses her way of caring for her soul to speak life to others Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   “How can I speak life to the people that follow me?” Holly Stavness, owner of Holly Anna Calligraphy reflected in her Facebook feed. I no

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