Saturday, August 30, 2014


I don't have to get things exactly right.  Take this A-Z challenge.  I certainly didn't finish it within 26 days.  Here it is over a year later (began April 1, 2013) and I am just now almost finished and still not quite.  Even with the title of this entry, I am writing the second letter being "x" and not the first.  Things don't have to be eXactly right.  In fact, seldom are they.

Seldom are things they way we consider right to be, but if we wait for "eXactly" we might be missing out on something really good.  If we wait for "eXactly" the right person, we may never be married.  If we wait for "eXactly" the right time, we may never have children.  If we wait for "eXactly" the right moment, we may never experience the fullness of joy.

This is not to say that we should not choose carefully when we marry, have children or wait for the right timing.  This is only to say that the precision of "eXactly" is perhaps more rare than common and more perfect than most aspects of life.  Even now, I am struggling to say "eXactly" what I wish to communicate but that doesn't prevent me from blogging.  Perhaps that is the whole purpose of this A-Z challenge - - that we should not worry so much about "eXactly" and just plunge forward.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


I am wondering about writing today.

Sometimes I'd like to quit everything I'm doing and focus solely on writing.  Writing is one of my favorite things to do in the whole world.  I've started several books.  Someday I will finish at least one of them.  I've been published in national newsletters and major newspapers.  I love to write and wish I could spend most of my time doing so.

I think this is the route I will take when I retire.  I will make a concerted effort to take all of the many writings I have accumulated over the decades and put them into some kind of great work.  The only reason I'm not doing this right now is because my writing is based on experiences and I am still experiencing life.  As a friend of mine has said, the book is still being written.

If I should die before I retire, I hope someone will take the pains to put together and publish a memoir.  I plan to live as long as the Lord gives me breath.  If I die sooner, I suppose having a book published becomes my final wish.  If I die later, publishing my book becomes my living wish.  Maybe I will start by taking vacations, renting a cabin somewhere away from everywhere and just write.

yep, that sounds about write.