My Third Novel, My Head, and My Heart

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For those of you who have been tracking with me, I’ve been working on my third novel for several years now. My first manuscript was never published—and for good reason. The second became Like Moonlight at Low Tide. And the third, a story about a group of five kids who grow up together, has been […]

When We Say, “I Could Never Be Like That”

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The problem with envy is that it never really comes out and announces itself. It sneaks up on us. It leaks out in phrases that turn in the mind, or it masquerades like low self-esteem. “I could never do that.” “It wouldn’t work like that for me because I’m not like them. I’m (too much, […]

How Can You Silence Fear? (Montana Bears and Florida Hurricanes)

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It’s Thursday in Montana. I’ve had the trip of a lifetime, and now I’m watching the smoke from forest fires settle over Whitefish and hide the mountains from view, like a gray cloak concealing a precious work of art. Back home in Florida, my family and friends are bracing themselves for the threat of Hurricane Irma, which CNN is simply calling, “a monster.” With images of Hurricane Harvey still fresh in our minds, almost everyone I know has filled at least part of their days with prayer or worry or both this week.