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Food for the Soul

Food for the Soul

~ Guest Writer, GRACE HOLTZCLAW ~ Coming home for the holidays is a banquet for the senses. My best friend from college, Sara Watson, has a song out called November Rain. One of my favorite lyrics is “things will get better when trees drop their leaves on me, things...
Good Books to Curl Up With in November

Good Books to Curl Up With in November

~ Guest Writer, Melanie Moore ~ Welcome Melanie Moore to the insidewink family. Melanie travels around in a VW book bus (now we want one, too!), so who better to recommend some interesting reads for us? Home. Family. Comfort. Great Reads for November As I flip the...
Transitions

Transitions

~ Guest Writer, JULIA RAEL ~ Life changes are incredibly terrifying to me. I’m a creature of habit, and that’s how I want to remain. (I know all about the “take the road less traveled” trends that have been surfacing in the last few years, but they can’t fool me.)...
My Fourth Grade Teacher Changed My Life

My Fourth Grade Teacher Changed My Life

~ Guest Writer, PAT WILLSON~ My initial exposure to performing came at an early age. I was in fourth grade living in Wiesbaden Germany. Our teacher, Miss Sweet was very cosmopolitan unlike my parents who were country type folks from south of the Mason Dixon line. Miss...
Magic Moments

Magic Moments

~ Guest Writer, BERNIE SHINE~ The creation and performance of magical effects is my passion, my “Rosebud.” The ancient art of magic is what gets me up in the morning and keeps me up at night. But are they reality or merely illusions? The real magic are the moments...
I Wrote a Murder Instead of Committing One

I Wrote a Murder Instead of Committing One

~ Guest Writer, ELLEN BYRON ~ I first tried writing a mystery novel because I wanted to kill someone. I’m a television writer by trade. I’ve worked with some fantastic, funny people. But I’ve also worked with some human turkeys. No, wait. That’s an insult to turkeys....
Looking Back, Moving Forward

Looking Back, Moving Forward

~ Guest Writer, JEANNE LAPORTE ~ I decided to walk the neighborhood where I grew up to get my steps in today. As I made my way down my parents’ front porch, I was overcome with gratitude, grateful that they are still alive and in our family home, I walked onto the...
Confessions of a Helicopter Daughter

Confessions of a Helicopter Daughter

~ Guest Writer, ELIN HAMPTON ~ My father called me a helicopter daughter. Okay, it wasn’t to my face, but word gets around. Helicopter-anything is never a positive thing. I took such pride in launching my three kids into the world without the sin of over-parenting....
8 Tips for World Peace

8 Tips for World Peace

~ Guest Writer, Elvira G. Aletta, Ph.D ~ Growing up, I thought there were two states of being in a relationship. War or Peace. My parents, dear, flawed role models that they were, appeared to have that kind of relationship. From a kid’s point of view, they...
Making Peace With Your Body

Making Peace With Your Body

~ Guest Writer, Niki Svara ~ A true feeling of peace doesn’t come from the absence of things you don’t like. It comes from the absence of judgment toward the things you don’t like. See where I’m going with this? Love, your body Excerpt from Piece Talks: Messages of...
Where There’s A Will…

Where There’s A Will…

~ Guest Writer, Natalie Soriano ~ I have let money determine my self-worth, I’ve given my power to it, and I’ve even been angry at it. I’ve pushed it away, longed for it, and despised it. I’ve dumped a lot of heavy emotions on a piece of paper. Money never did...
The Writers Room

The Writers Room

~ Guest Writer, Grace Holtzclaw ~ I grew up on the American Dream… … of picking up hitchhiker Jack Keroauc on the road and speeding down the highway to Las Vegas with Hunter S. Thompson. When I think about the canon of American authors who are represented...
Freedom To Fly

Freedom To Fly

~ Guest Writer, Julia Rael ~ Everyone’s lives are filled with milestones. From the day we enter this world to the day we leave it, we constantly cross thresholds that represent starting a new chapter in our lives. Around this time of year, my mind begins dwelling on...
The Freedom of No

The Freedom of No

~ Guest Writer, Elvira G. Aletta, Ph.D ~ One of the first words we learn as infants is no. If we do our job right, growing up we use no to set boundaries. The toddler’s no translation would look like this: “Excuse me, madame, but when you insist that I share my toys...
Magic Lessons

Magic Lessons

~ Guest Writer, Bernie Shine ~ Over the decades I have given thought to what has always drawn me to the ancient art of magic and what life lessons I have learned from it. I feel some of these lessons are transformative to have relevance in everyone’s life. I have been...
Wally

Wally

~ Guest Writer, Andy Lerner ~ I think Wally has taught me…  …more about being a man than anyone in my life. That might have been a bit of an exaggeration, but the point is clear. Wally and I go back about 12 years. Was it love at first sight? Well, for me it was. We...
Silk Purse of Sadness

Silk Purse of Sadness

~ Guest Writer, David Steven Simon ~ I carry a quiet, secret silk purse of sadness wherever I go. It’s tucked discreetly into the pocket of my vest of memory and I am calmed by both its weight and terrified by its accessibility. Its contents contain no currency.  Not...
Man Up

Man Up

~ Guest Writer, Julia Rael ~ What does the phrase “Man Up” mean to you? To some, it might bring inspiration – the drive to keep going when things seem tough. To others, the phrase might represent a misogynist point of view. As though the only way to be strong is...

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