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Wide Awake

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When you are present, the world is truly alive. 
~Natalie Goldberg,
Writing Down The Bones





Sometimes life is raw and totally in your face.
The first few days of welcoming a tiny human into this world are one of those sacred times.

Life continues it's relentless march outside your windows and you are barely aware of it, sun up and sun down. Anything that isn't happening in your moment, isn't happening at all, as far as you're concerned.

This is what happened to me during the first two weeks of November. The day after I had my great idea and declared a month of disciplined writing practice. The very next morning I was on a plane.

I went to live every second completely alive, to be wide awake with my grandson as he was waking up to the world around him.

I had no idea.

Twenty minutes after Maverick James Panco took in his first breath, I held him in my arms. Life is forever changed. We are all forever changed. There is one more life on this earth with my blood flowing throu…

Writing Practice

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Thanksgiving. As a Christian I am encouraged almost daily from the Bible to find something to be thankful for. Some days, I lift my eyes and immediately rest upon something, and breathe thanks. Other days, I need a push. I think thanking God should be like breathing. A continual state of mind, like prayer, like breathing.

For the month of November, in keeping with the season of thankfulness, I am going to give thanks, publicly, everyday. I want to be a happier, more content and joyful person. I think this might be the beginning.
I am working on becoming a better and more disciplined writer. The first step to that is realizing that if I do not write, I will not become a better writer. I will not grow and develop into the awesome communicator that I dream of being if I don’t practice. It is time to commit to my love affair with words.

I apologize in advance if your mailbox is suddenly flooded daily with mediocre posts from ‘Quench Our Thirst.’ But the only way to get better is to practice…