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My New Righting Group Book

Y’all, I’ve been so busy getting my new book into the hands of folks who can use it, I haven’t stopped long enough to tell you about it. Most of y’all know for 8 years I was part of a weekly writing group of Memphians who had personally experienced homelessness. We wrote; we held public readings; we hosted full-day...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 15

Today’s installment of Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent is a gift my beloved friend who sent me the recording of Oh Happy Day by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Listen to it for the first 5 minutes of your contemplative writing time today. Listen and feel it. In your chest, and in your heart. Know that it is true. Then pick up your pen...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 14

This offering of Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 14 is a strange undertaking for me. It’s not actually my Lenten practice. This Lent, I’m focusing on doing one meditative thing each day. Yesterday, it was pulling weeds, but, as I pull, I can’t let my mind wander into its normal territory. I have to be present as I yank...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: Leap Day

While Lent goes on, so do other happenings. This gives us our Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: Leap Day edition. Leap Day is that once in a blue moon (okay, every four years) occurrence. We personally know two folks born on Leap Day (chances are, right?) It’s a wonderful, slippery-slidey day, though I do feel sorry for the three years...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 12

We are continuing our journey with this installment of Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 12. If you want some background, you can read about it here. Today, on this middle of the week day, I want you to take 5 minutes to make a list of matters you’re on the fence about. Decisions you have to make that are rumbling around in your...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 11

Time marches on, and we have arrived at our Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 11. I began this offering on the first day of Lent with the explanation here. It’s easy, though. Take twenty minutes and sit with the prompt, writing. If you’ve missed a few days—say, the entire last week—no worries. Dip in and out of it as it feels “write”...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 10

The hardest part of this offering of Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent is keeping up with the number we’re on. This is Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 10. At least, I think it is! 🤣 I’m sure good marketing would tell me to post at the same time each day. Not gonna happen. Here’s today’s prompt: What is the...

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My Invisible Companions, Revealed

Up, down. Bend, straighten. No one ever asks what we want to do. Hello? We’re still here! Doing all the work, in fact. Brain pretends to care but with the Big B, it’s outta sight, outta Brain. “My Invisible companions” sounds romantic. It’s not. When we first came onboard, every thought traveled the spinal cord to us. But now...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 9

You can read about this Lenten offering here then proceed to the Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 9: If you can, go outside. If not position yourself so you can see outside. Spend 20 minutes making a list of clues. Clues as to what season it is. Clues as to where you are on the earth. Clues to the time of day. What clues does the natural...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 8

The introduction to this Lenten offering of Contemplative Writing Prompts is explained here. Today, our Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 8 is: Take 5 minutes to list 5 beliefs you carried in childhood that no longer shape your life. Of course, Santa Clause immediately comes to mind, but there are certainly others. Don’t judge your...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 7

If you’d like to learn why I’ve undertaken to offer Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent, you can read about it here. But it’s not necessary. You can go straight to today’s prompt on Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 7. . Our bodies have knowledge we sometimes ignore. Or don’t even know about. Today, sit...

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