Writing

“You might change your mind”

I’ve been thinking. And I think… I think that Lori McKenna’s “The Luxury of Knowing” is the best song I’ve ever heard. I mean it. Keith Urban’s version isn’t bad, either.  Holy smokes. [Please forgive YouTube videos – just listen.  And let your heart break.  And then get on with your day.]

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Just call me angel of the morning

Morning is my least-creative time.  I am not –  how do you say it? – PERKY.  I don’t wake up before the sun, just bursting with inspiration to get the day started.  And because I don’t work in a traditional office environment, the most “ready” I get these days is a tank top and workout…

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“The Undoing”

It feels strange to not be writing here. When I don’t write, I’m reminded that this blog was born out of a need in me, for myself, and not really for anyone else.  I can’t not write.  I think I have to, as a part of being the truest version of myself. But I haven’t…

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Secret project: revealed

A few times, I’ve mentioned the fact that I’ve been working on a secret project. And each time, I’ve thought, “I’ll tell everyone what I’m doing soon” – but it just hasn’t happened.  I’ve written about things like Zumba and ants and Tom Hanks as Animals instead – because I just couldn’t help it (and…

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How to write a Nicholas Sparks novel

First, set the scene: waterside. Next, choose a random hobby – coin collecting, or stained glass windows, or composing music.  This hobby will help create a narrative arc that will act as a metaphor for deeper emotional storylines. Now, take an unlikely couple.  At first, they don’t like each other, because they’re just too different. …

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Holy Môlé

The best LÄRABAR that ever existed was Cocoa Môlé – but earlier this fall, they retired the flavor, so I gnashed my teeth and tore my sackcloth. But late on Friday afternoon, Miranda pointed me toward an announcement on their Facebook wall: We just uncovered 35 boxes of Cocoa Môlé (16 bars/box). It’s the last…

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From Head To Foot

You know my friend Annie Downs? Of course you do.  She is famous in the blog world, famous in Nashville, famous in my heart, and now, famous in honest-to-goodness book print. When I first met Annie several years ago, she was in the beginning stages of writing a book.  She wrote and wrote and wrote,…

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Starting tonight

I secretly believed that if I didn’t post any blogs in November, I would still continue to write and stockpile posts so that when December rolled around, I would have an arsenal to draw from. That didn’t happen. At all. In fact, I’m checking my computer for any scraps I may have written that I…

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Mountains and music

It’s September 28, and on tap to be 92 degrees today.  While I am seriously perturbed at Denver’s unwillingness to budge into fall, the good news is that there is no snow in the mountains, and I was able to get several more 14ers under my belt this past Saturday. I did the Decalibron –…

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New song

For me, writing songs is like kissing boys.  There might be some good luck for awhile, but then, for one reason or another, it just ends.  There is always the hope of it happening again, and that when it does, it will be fantastic – but it might take years. Years. Anyway. I finally finished…

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