Giving Patience

Give a fgift of patience

Applaud the women at the checkout.

She’s the one who showed up.

Your line is long because the other lines are empty because one woman showed upto face humanity today alone.

to face humanity today alone.

Be kind to her.

Give her thanks through your gift of patience.

Because she showed up.…

What Kind of Story Are You Telling Me?

Everyone Has a Story

What’s Yours?

I love my little town. It’s funky and eclectic. We have loggers and gold miners and contractors and teachers and nurses and rocket scientists. There’s no one-size fits all homogeneity on this hill. Everyone has a story.

Proof?

My son came home this afternoon from his drive up the mountain to post a few bills for me and pick up a gallon of milk at Worton’s Market.…

I wanted to read, not write

How the Love for Reading Sparked a Love for Writing

[We might pursue things for a lifetime without entirely realizing it. There’s a moral to this story. I hope you will read through to the end. (Affiliate links to what I buy and use.)]

“The Little Train that Could” is a story I cherished in my very early years.…

What Artists Can Learn From the Donner Party

5  Points to Help You Navigate New Creative Territory (So You’re Not Left Dead in Your Tracks)

Have you ever faced an obstacle in your art that sent fear racing through your veins? Maybe you’ve been called to tackle a writing project for which you feel entirely unqualified. Maybe you encountered an insurmountable block–an immovable mountain, that you later learned was a stop sign?…

How to Handle Quiet-to-Chaos Social Gigs Like A Winner

Rebounding When Your Quiet Evening With Friends Is Highjacked

It’s not my proudest moment. I confess that to you right now. Even in the midst of reading all the inspiring research in”Quiet”, (affiliate) I ignored all I’ve learned and fell back into bad habits. All it took was one person to zero in on me like a Kamikaze pilot pelting me–and my sons, with questions and comments so quickly we couldn’t get out of the line of fire.…

Introverts Ultimate Guide to Surviving Small Talk

6 Steps to Mastering Small Talk for Any Situation

This is another post in a series about communication skills for introverts. The first post in here. (Affiliate links for things I buy and recommend are included.)

What is small talk?

Small talk is “polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in social occasions.” Wikipedia describes it this way: ”Small talk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed.[1]
Small talk is a conversation for its own sake.…