Monthly Archives: April 2013

Show, don’t tell

As I handed my Hold Mail card to Bruce, the post office clerk, I casually mentioned that I figured I’d save my mother the trouble of checking my mail while I was away. “Who’s your mother?” “Cecilia Mullen.” Eyes big, … Continue reading

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Truth-telling

A few days ago, I sent out a survey to parents asking about their children’s recent college application experience, specifically seeking information about the essay writing process, and what kind of support, if any, their children received. I’m still sifting … Continue reading

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Listening to the moments

“Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?”  This is one of the new essay prompts for the 2013-2o14 Common Application. For the past … Continue reading

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Easy isn’t always better

Those words I heard from Pastor Bill this morning linger in my ears as I wrap up another day of writing.  I’ve asked a friend to be my writing coach, to help me get my book It Doesn’t Get Any Better … Continue reading

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Embrace the Detours

I don’t know about you, but my heart sinks when I see a DETOUR sign ahead, especially when I’m in a hurry. I don’t like the unexpected. I don’t like being forced to travel on a different and unfamiliar road. … Continue reading

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