For me, it was the Thursday night kick-off to July’s Jubilee Days. With it came the excitement about the upcoming rodeo, the turtle races, the corn feed, the Bingo games, and the “carnival” which would be laughable by today’s standards, but was a thrill for my country-raised kids. It rolled down Main Street Isanti, population barely … Read More
A few years ago at Joyful Noise, I heard each person in this band tell their own personal story of the moment their life had changed. I never understood why they called themselves “I Am They” until I heard those stories and the song that followed: Scars I didn’t need to write a book. This … Read More
I wonder if fairy tales sometimes spin out of Scripture? Do you remember the story of The Three Little Pigs? I thought I had an original idea about this fairy tale until Google told me otherwise. Apparently, dozens of sermons from a variety of denominations have been written connecting that story to this one: Scripture: … Read More
Time for some quickly bulleted lists: 1. “Things that make me laugh:” 2. “Things that make me cry:” 3. “Things that give me joy:” Later, expand your lists into a fully fleshed-out story. Or don’t. Just write.
Two great songs for Father’s Day: Good Good Father & Big House (also called My Father’s House) Be blessed, knowing that each one of us has the best Father of all!
I was in the middle of a pity party yesterday when I received a note from my friend, Pat. I almost missed it because I was so entrenched in recounting all of the things that weren’t going my way. I took this picture, thinking I’d write a funny blurb about “A Little Wine with My … Read More
This is the week to remember and honor our dads. Let this Story Starter move in whatever direction your pen takes you: “My father’s job….” Just write.
You Say Yup. One of those days.
There’s nothing like a Minnesota summer! The humidity, the greens everywhere you look—trees budding, grass growing, flowers blooming. Turning the heat off one day only to blast the air conditioner the next. Being outside every moment we can–walking, biking, gardening, sitting–just breathing it all in because we know that winter will be upon us in … Read More
“Summertime picnics….” Remember? Then just write.