Writer, Do You Have the Cabin Fever Blues?

National Parks Virtual Tours

  Being Thanksgiving Day, I want to show my gratitude for technology. If it weren't for the Internet, Zoom, and our devices, we would be isolated indeed! Virtual Research Are you working on a manuscript, but finding it difficult to do the research you need, since many libraries and museums are closed or have limited…

Inspired by History by Jarm Del Boccio

  Paris is one of my favorite cities. Its history and ambiance intrigue me. There is something about strolling down the streets of Paris, crossing the bridges, or walking along the Seine, even in the rain, that can't be experienced anywhere else in the world. It has a certain "Je ne sais pas" (I don't know…

Would Your Life Win an Oscar? by Jarm Del Boccio

  ”Do You Hear the People Sing?” * ”I Dreamed a Dream” — that They Won All!  * Am I ”On My Own” in this?  *   Les Mis should have won more Oscar Awards! At first, I was discontented. Well, okay, miserable. Only three awards out of eight possible? C'mon! Couldn't the judges see the…

Finding Comfort in our Crisis with Les Misérables by Jarm Del Boccio

Do you hear the people sing? scene from Les Misérable

Do you hear the people sing? Well, no. But I do hear fears expressed and complaints a-plenty! There was trouble during the French Revolution, and there is trouble today in the form of a virus -- the coronavirus. Although many are in dread of the contagious enemy, we as Christians know we have nothing to…

CONTENTMENT: MY Writerly Word for 2020

  This past year was a difficult one for me. Due to our financial situation, we have not been able to travel, which has always been my go-to for inspiration. A new destination has the ability to shake up my brain cells and send them in a new direction, but this year, they stopped. Cold.…

Grow Your Writing Skills — Part II

In an effort to grow my copywriting skills, I took Ian Lurie’s LinkedIn Learning course “Learning to Write Marketing Copy.” He broke copywriting down into four easy steps: create a plan, free write, write your first draft, and polish your writing. While the course focused specifically on writing marketing copy, I’ve been able to apply his…

Are You Thankful for Troubles? Building Character Through Trials by Jarm Del Boccio

Although my husband and I live in an almost-empty-nest, sometimes I catch myself reminiscing. Our homeschool history course many years ago includes a mini-unit on Shakespeare and his works.  We'd listened to an excellent 3 part DVD series by Schlessinger Media called, "Shakespeare for Students."  The concepts are simply explained, but meaty. In The Characters…

Finding Inspiration

 Spring Break - Finally! Exhausted from the cold wet winter weather and teacher paperwork this week I'm doing what I love most - digging in the dirt. Fence posts need to be set. Wire must be stretched and the garden has to be tilled. Why would I love all this physical, backbreaking, bone-tiring work? It…

Plan to Persevere

One of my favorite stories to listen to as a child was, The Little Engine That Could. The voice of the little blue engine who took on the insurmountable challenge of bringing toys, dolls, and “good things to eat to the good boys and girls on the other side of the mountain,” still echoes in…