Optimism, Gratitude, and Grit can together defeat fear

One of my favorite writings assignments I give my 10th graders is the "Optimism, Gratitude, and Grit" write-up. We're reading a holocaust memoir, and we talk about the qualities the survivors had in common: 1) the ability to maintain hope and optimism; 2) a feeling of gratitude, no matter the circumstances; and 3) grit and … Continue reading Optimism, Gratitude, and Grit can together defeat fear

You can’t manipulate the educated, which is why they don’t want us educated

The entire reason for my attending a class as a grad student was to argue with the professor. She was on one side politically, I was on the other. I respected the woman immensely, but daggum, did she know how to push my buttons every week! It was like she was TRYING to make me … Continue reading You can’t manipulate the educated, which is why they don’t want us educated

Socialism and the greed of citizens: what happens when they want more?

The biggest problem with socialism that no one seems to be addressing is the insatiability of people who believe they deserve freebies--free income, housing, food, health care, education, etc. The problem is greed knows no bounds. Those who espouse "free everything" are underestimating the selfishness of millions. And then what happens when the freebies run out, which … Continue reading Socialism and the greed of citizens: what happens when they want more?

When we stop thinking for ourselves, we’ll be far easier to conquer

Almost every day I want to leave social media, frustrated with the snarl of words and growls of dissension I see every day. But I can’t; I shouldn’t. I need to know what’s happening, how people are reacting, and what new monster is looming on the horizon needing to be addressed. As much as I’d … Continue reading When we stop thinking for ourselves, we’ll be far easier to conquer

The myth of hard work and wealth

I think there's been more harm than good done by this statement: “If you work hard enough, you’ll be wealthy.”I recently met a man named Charles who’s a chef, been working in restaurants since he was 16-years-old, and owned his own restaurant and his own catering business. But he can’t keep up anymore—working from 4am … Continue reading The myth of hard work and wealth

Book 3–The Mansions of Idumea–is here!

It's alive!  (Love seeing those words from Amazon.) Book 3: The Mansions of Idumea is available on Kindle ($2.99) AND in print ($14.95). And yes--FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD days are coming: April 28-30, and May 5-6. And even better--ALL THREE BOOKS will be available for free download those five days. Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Tell your … Continue reading Book 3–The Mansions of Idumea–is here!

Covers, exclamation points, and angelic fist-bumps!

If anyone in my house saw me holding my fists in the air today and whisper-shouting, “Yes! YES!” they didn’t say anything. I think my family has learned that odd things happen when I’m at my computer. Today was a day of rejoicing, of fighting a battle that only I knew I was in, and … Continue reading Covers, exclamation points, and angelic fist-bumps!