Toppled from My High Perch of Holiness

The alarm went off, and I drifted, reliving my dreams. Startling awake, I checked the time. I still had an hour to make it to church. Until I looked closely. The secondhand was stuck on the 4, click, click, clicking. … Continue reading

Yikes!

What was I thinking? Sending out such a request? Yes, my agent is shopping my novel to big name publishing houses. Yes, editors at those houses—complete strangers—are judging my work. Plus, I’ve been in writing groups for years where judging … Continue reading

“Working” with “The Homeless”

He calls me over. Wants to know if I work out. “‘Cause you sure got a nice shape.” The breakfast St. Mary’s offers for those currently homeless is almost finished. He’s mopping up his grits. His friend on the other … Continue reading

June: Not a Sentimental Person

Many years ago, when I was letting the Spirit lead me around by the nose, I went to Door of Hope and asked if I could start a writing group for men and women living on the street. Dr. June Mann … Continue reading

Don’t Thumb Your Nose at the Spirit

I hate the Holy Spirit. Okay, hate is a strong word. But I have issues with this Spirit that constantly tells me to do things that embarrass the hell out of me. Take the recent prayer vigil I attended. A … Continue reading

A Southern Woman’s Vocational Credo

I come to Deborah Koehn Loyd’s Your Vocational Credo: Practical Steps to Discover Your Unique Purpose (IVP Books, 2015) as a Southern female raised in the 1960s and 70s. The adjectives this statement evokes for me are “stricture,” “judgement,” “demanding.” … Continue reading

Summer Reading Recommendation: Writing Our Way Home

Thank you to Luanne Castle at Writersite for featuring Writing Our Way Home: A Group Journey Out of Homelessness on her blog. Check it out, and while you’re there, take a look around. She’! http://writersite.org/2015/07/27/summer-reading/ … Continue reading

Fewer Words, More Links

Other places where I hang out on the web. Come visit!   https://twitter.com/ellenprewitt   https://www.facebook.com/MyVerySouthernVoice   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2539007.Ellen_Morris_Prewitt   https://www.instagram.com/vemphaha/     http://www.amazon.com/Making-Crosses-Creative-Connection-Active/dp/1557256284/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436808672&sr=8-1&keywords=ellen+morris+prewitt   http://www.amazon.com/Five-That-Grabbed-Gold-prize-winning-ebook/dp/B00CLX49K6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1436808727&sr=8-2&keywords=ellen+morris+prewitt   http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Our-Way-Home-Homelessness/dp/1936946300/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1436808760&sr=8-7&keywords=ellen+morris+prewitt   http://www.amazon.com/Fearless-Confessions-Writers-Guide-Memoir/dp/082033166X/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1436808801&sr=8-6&keywords=ellen+morris+prewitt   http://podiobooks.com/title/caint-do-nothing-with-love/   https://www.youtube.com/user/CaintDoNothing   https://www.linkedin.com/pub/ellen-morris-prewitt/43/504/613 … Continue reading

We are The Champions

When I began talking about a Door of Hope writing group book, people told me the book had to include my voice. Feature my voice, even. This was not what I wanted. Specifically, I didn’t want to be the well-off … Continue reading

Why Do You Go to Church?

The incense hangs in the chapel air. We’re all squeezed in where we can fit, no concern for “our pew.” We listen to Gospel readings using The Message translation, so the words makes everyday sense. There is—or isn’t—an unpredictable response … Continue reading

Literary Gift to Those Once Known as Homeless

No one owes you anything in this world. Everything anyone does for you is a gift. Some gifts—the gift of love or forgiveness or a trust fund enabling you to graduate law school and make your way in this world … Continue reading

Scars on My Heart

Today as I was leaving the 8:00 church service, which is mostly attended by folks living on the streets, a man stopped me. I was in my car; he was on foot. He stood in the exit to the parking … Continue reading

Thank God Dogs Gotta Pee

Thank God dogs have to pee. My time at my dad’s family reunion this past week was invaded by the Door of Hope book, Writing Our Way Home: A Group Journey Out of Homelessness. Calls from TV news anchors; an … Continue reading

Becoming a Writer

Way back at the beginning, I was puzzled about how 15 writers and a nonprofit could publish a book. What would be the arrangement between the authors and the nonprofit? What about the understanding among the writers, some of whom … Continue reading

A Good Book Day

William and I began our lessons on “How to Play Bridge.” We established that you arrange your hand by suit; you must follow suit; the higher card in a suit wins; ace is the highest card. The rules called the … Continue reading