mental health & wellness, stories

A Dream Journal

My first job ever was working at a local YMCA's summer day camp, supervising unruly children day after day. One day, I was called into my boss's office and issued a warning because a kid in my class had been briefly "missing" (he had run off to the bathroom without telling anyone -- totally not… Continue reading A Dream Journal

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mental health & wellness, spiritual

When Fears = Dreams

Since 2011, the non-profit organization To Write Love On Her Arms has been encouraging individuals to identify our fears and dreams. "All of us have fears and dreams," says a video put out by the organization, "and perhaps the two are not so far apart. Perhaps they're at the center of who we are." Perhaps… Continue reading When Fears = Dreams

arts & creativity, personal

An Idea That Won’t Leave Me Alone

Some months ago, I enjoyed a roundtable discussion with Dr. Greg Garrett, an English professor at Baylor University, along with a handful of writer friends. I remember asking him: "How do you know when you have an idea that could merit a book?" Not just a blog or blog series, as I and many in the 21st century have become accustomed… Continue reading An Idea That Won’t Leave Me Alone