So, here we go…

Over the last two weeks, I have received two great compliments from my advisor about my thesis. First, last week he posted two exemplars of the thesis proposal, and he chose to post mine as one of the examples. I was elated that what I had written at that point should be chosen to demonstrateContinue reading “So, here we go…”

Why Flannery?

Today, my question is, “Why Flannery O’Connor?” What has intrigued readers and critics for the last sixty years? Why do people continue to talk about Flannery’s stories and novels? And my question is why is she so interesting to people who are not believers? It is clear in her personal letters, in her prayers, andContinue reading “Why Flannery?”

Tell the Truth: Word of Advice from Flannery

Just finished reading Flannery’s essay, “The Church and the Fiction Writer,” and my brain is about to explode. Her main message is that the Catholic artist needs to tell the truth, to be authentic, to pull no punches when it comes to communicating the Mystery of God. She states, “When people have told me thatContinue reading “Tell the Truth: Word of Advice from Flannery”

Serving Her Well

This last Sunday, I decided that I would let go of my fear. I am beginning work on my thesis for my Master’s degree, and I am terrified. I was thinking about topics that would be easy for me to work with: education, the view of women in Victorian fiction by male writers. However, onContinue reading “Serving Her Well”

Choose Joy

One of my favorite scriptures comes from the prophecies of Isaiah. In Isaiah 43, the Lord says, “‘For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.’” There are many references toContinue reading “Choose Joy”

Chasing Drama: The Cure

Now that the holidays have passed, I realize that part two of this series was a little depressing. Ya, I was feeling down because I’m far from my family yet again this season, but I need to rejoice in the fact that I have come so far this year. Healing is continuing to happen andContinue reading “Chasing Drama: The Cure”

Chasing Drama – Learning to Manage

Am I the only one who plays conversations through her head a million times? Am I the only one who plans how she will react to someone that she may need to confront? Am I the only one who frets about what might happen if…? I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one, butContinue reading “Chasing Drama – Learning to Manage”

The Problem: Chasing Drama

So, I’ve discovered something about myself in the last six months. I am a classic drama chaser. I don’t follow celebrity news or watch things like Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood. I don’t follow the gossip, listening intently as my colleagues talk in the workroom about what they heard that so and so was doing.Continue reading “The Problem: Chasing Drama”

I never thought I would be here

I have always loved reading and writing. I wrote my first story in third grade and kept writing stories and poetry through high school. I worked on my high school newspaper and spent a semester writing for my junior college’s newspaper. I enjoyed being recognized for my writing, but I always struggled with having anContinue reading “I never thought I would be here”

What does it mean to live sacrificially?

I learned early on in my Christian walk that Jesus calls each of us to a life of sacrifice. This means that we do not live for ourselves. Rather, we live for the sake of God and other people. As a woman, I feel like this is something that I can handle. However, at times,Continue reading “What does it mean to live sacrificially?”