• blogging,  community,  hide,  writing

    Blog Tour!

    When Jessica Thornton (who blogs over at Meet the Magnolias) asked me to take part in this blog tour, I said, “Sure!” because I love these “share the love”, community-building kinds of posts. (Speaking of community, Jessica helps me out over at Mississippi Women Bloggers by managing our Instagram and Pinterest, for which I thank her very much!)  1. What am I working on? Too much. Not enough. Too much of what I have to do, and not enough of what I want to do. But when I do get to work on what I really want to do, it involves photography, graphic design, and writing a book. Oh, yeah, and…

  • blogging,  faith,  not so small stories,  writing

    Did Jesus ever say “Meh”?

    Pondering text, tone, and all the stuff that has gone unwritten Tone It is true that tone makes all the difference in whatever it is that is being said. Or written. Or read. It is entirely possible to use tone without actual sound. Ever gotten an email with “tone”? I have. Most definitely. An email with “tone” can really get under my skin. I shouldn’t be so sensitive. Think about all the texts that we have access to that we could never possibly hope to hear a recording of how they were actually spoken originally. The Bible for example. The sonnets. The great poets. Shakespeare. Seriously, what if we knew…

  • blogging,  family,  kids,  the fam,  work life

    Exceptional: a response

    Many of you have probably read this post by Amy Glass. There have been lots of responses.  I had to sit on this for a while. I read a lot of blogs, and while it’s not unusual to disagree with the general premise or certain parts of one, I can usually find some little speck of common ground or at least wrap my head around the writer’s rationale, especially if I have some sense of what may have lead him or her to feel that way. I can’t get there with this one. That’s about as nicely as I can put that. In my head, I have managed to pick apart…

  • blogging,  graphics,  writing

    A new look…baby steps in blog-building

    When I first relaunched my blog earlier this year, I wanted it to go live as soon as possible, so I somewhat hurriedly created a look I could live with for a while, but I knew I would eventually want to change it. Having resisted the temptation to constantly revise the appearance of my blog, but now having had some time to mull over what kind of look I wanted, it’s finally time to unveil it. It is far from perfect, but I like it. Even more, I’m proud because I did it myself. I considered using a template/background from one of the sites that supply them (there are some…