At midnight on Christmas Eve, the family gathers in a circle, sitting cross-legged on the floor, each with an unlit candle. The room is dim, lit only by the warm glow of the tree lights. There are no presents under the tree, just four festively embellished boxes with slits at the top just large enough for folded pieces of paper to enter.

EGJ on Writing & Being Published

In the movie, “Beautiful Dreamers,” two men, a vicar, and a journalist discuss the danger of Walt Whitman’s visit to a quaint 19th century English village. The Vicar is concerned about the wild influence Whitman will have on the people of his small pious town, while the journalist chooses to underestimate the famous writer’s influence,…

Some of my Favorite People are Fictitious

It’s true. When I read a great book, I fall in love with its characters and dearly miss them when the book is done. I know you get this. It happens to anyone who loves to read. So you have an inkling of what I mean when I tell you it is the same for…

Keep the Dream of Love Alive​

A Few Words For Lonely Hearts on Valentine’s Day
I have spent my share of V-days without someone special in my life and I wrote this post on one such occasion.

Life Lessons From Unlikely​ Places #1 Hobbit Logic ~ Simple and True

We are all on a journey in this world… a journey through life. We all have dreams and goals, hopes and fears, of where that journey might lead us. We are, in this way, bound together by the road that stretches out before us, and the fires that burn bright within us. And even with our vast cultural and personal differences, we all belong to the same family; the family of humanity. Within the Tolkien paradigm, there are secret clues woven into the fabric of each story, keys; if you will, to help us succeed in life no matter where it is that we are headed.

My First Stradivarius

You NEVER forget your first! So true. This experience moved me, changed me, gave my soul wings, and I will never forget it.