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Three Simple Reasons I Still Embrace Christmas Traditions

I intend to keep writing Christmas songs. There’s still a lot more about Christmas that can be captured and feel like old-time Christmas.  A lot of Christmas traditions haven’t been explained in song.  –  Clint Black December at our house is one long celebration to embrace Christmas.  On my side of the family, it kicks […]

Three Elements Of An Engaging Story – Twists, Turns, And Delightful Tension

“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”― Tim O’Brien What are the Elements Of An Engaging Story?   Most experts put these in a group of seven: Character, Plot, Setting, Point of View, Style, Theme, and Literary Devices and for structure Hook, First Plot Point, […]

Joyful Wishes For A Season Of Thanksgiving And Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  ― Epicurus Sending joyful wishes to you and yours!  This special holiday served as our extended family reunion gathering as a child.  We usually went to the farm where all […]

Five Essential Factors To Gain Forward Motion – Getting Unstuck

“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein It is time for forward motion.  We have cringed, sat quietly, and hidden far too long.  What better season to throw off the lethargy than the one of gratitude and thanksgiving.  It’s time for some common sense. Recently I […]

Patina – An Inspiring Powerful Revealing Of Life Story Indicator

Over time patina can appear as a green, a brown or a glaze on the surface of an object but it does much more than reveal Age – Patina  shows us the story of a life – magnolia journal spring 2021 I enjoy vintage and the character patina gives to an object.  Those of you who […]

Delightful Treasures Out Of Old And New

“Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.” Matthew 13:52 (KJV) Blending the old and new into attractive functional spaces can be a challenge, but when done […]

“Go With Aircoupe – The Plane That is Going Places”

“Go With Aircoupe – The Plane That is Going Places” – Headline From Ad in 1961 Flying Magazine I own a 1961 Forney Aircoupe inherited from my father.  Along with the sheer joy of taking off, leaving the two-dimensional earthbound realm, this little red and white plane abounds with stories. Recently I was contacted via […]

Scarfing Doublers – Intriguing New Vocabulary For Aircraft Building

You can’t build up a vocabulary if you never meet any new words.  – Rudolf Flesch and Abraham Lass   Each time I find myself in a new experience realm intriguing new vocabulary appears.  For this new amateur airplane builder, each time my EAA Chapter workgroup gathers around the chapter biplane project, an adventure ensues: learning curves, applied physics, […]

Three Key Lessons From The Virus – Efficiency- Rest – Gratitude

“I can see how, gradually, I began choosing efficiency over everything. Even the things that I knew deep in my bones were worthy of my time” – Joanna Gaines – Magnolia Journal – Spring 2021 As I was recovering from my COVID encounter in August, I learned three key lessons.  This occurred as I took […]