Tag Archives: Challenge

Going for the Triple Crown —w

I married a thoroughbred. I always knew it, but past events have really tested him, and so far he’s flown past them all like American Pharoah on his way to the Triple Crown, a bighearted thoroughbred all the way. Of … Continue reading

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Taking the Plunge —

Joss of  Crowing Crone offered as the second challenge for my  “coming-unstuck” improv session these words from Martin Luther King, the formidable civil rights leader and activist: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step.” The first … Continue reading

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I’m becalmed. Maybe it’s the rotten cold I’ve been suffering through since last Friday — but it’s time for a new post here on T2T and the creative juices are all dried up. Or stuffed up. Whatever. So I thought this … Continue reading

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A Little Game of Tag — Wanna Play?

Fellow blogger Jen of Random Acts of Writing [ + Art]  challenged me in a recent post to a little game of Tag. Nowadays the idea of playing tag leaves me languid in an armchair, but when I was a … Continue reading

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In the Morning, “Whatever” —

I got a really interesting letter in the mail yesterday. The subject was prayer. Hmmmmm. Prayer (I suspect) is a subject lots of people find profoundly unappealing, if not a downright

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Portrait of Achan (Unfinished)

Read this excerpt and tell me what you think it adds up to: Messages that give us feedback about life. Interruptions that should cause us to reflect and think. Signposts that direct us to the right path. Tests that push … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs and the School Crossing Guard

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love … Continue reading

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A Pair of Old Shoes

Vincent van Gogh obsessed about shoes, old shoes, work shoes, peasant shoes, worn and cracked. Some of his finest paintings are these heavily textured ones composed of darks and dulls, so different from the brilliant colors of better known paintings, … Continue reading

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Seven Link Challenge

One of my favorite bloggers, unquenchable Stef of the extraordinary Smile, Kiddo has invited me to participate in a “Seven Links Challenge” (more very soon.) I’m an easily discouraged perfectionist, so my first reaction was, Are you kidding? No way. But … Continue reading

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The Hero, the Princess, and the Dragon: What If?

How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who … Continue reading

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