Personal Musings Filter
  1. There Is Never Enough Time, But There Is Now

    Lisa Sadikman on raising her daughter: “This is when I feel myself expand, just a little, into the space she’s left behind. There are hours now when I am finally able to twirl in a circle of my own without scraping motherhood’s walls.”

    Motherhood
  2. Who Are You Online? (My Travel Writing Reality)

    “I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.

    Exploration
  3. The Space That Blogging Provides: Readers Respond

    Readers tell us why they blog.

    Inspiration
    Photo by Markus Spiske (CC BY 2.0)
  4. “I Want to Read about People”: On Why We Follow Blogs

    Jeff Cann reflects on what “following” means to him.

    Commentary
  5. “I want to read about goals, dreams, fears, foibles and achievements. I want to read about you. I want to read about real people blossoming and withering. Growing and shriveling. Experiencing life . . . and death.”

    Inspiration
  6. On Gifts

    Susan Briscoe on the gift she received the day of her diagnosis: “I have reclaimed that gift of acceptance. Living in a way that is true to me means accepting and fully embracing this experience so that I can do my best to transform it into something positive.”

    Death
  7. Writer’s Block, Rainy Days, and 1,000 Followers

    Blogger Sherina on finding what to say to her (growing) audience: “Something is better than nothing; as many writers have noted, you can’t edit a blank page.”

    Inspiration
  8. Andi Diehn on Her Blog: “My Brain Works Better When I Write Here”

    For Andi Diehn, her blog provides a much-needed space for reflection.

    Inspiration
    Image via One Small Sentence
  9. CancerRoadTrip

    “Because when the going gets tough, the tough go traveling.” #CancerRoadTrip is Pat Wetzel’s mission for health and healing.

    Exploration
  10. I Am The Tree

    Wisdom from Colleen at The Chatter Blog:
     
    “I was the seed. Planted by purpose or design or reason.
    Once planted it took some time to burst out of the shell.”

    Inspiration
  11. A Rainbow for Moonbeam

    “I got to thinking:
     
    Say something that will let her close that door and move on.
     
    I got to thinking:
     
    Say something that will let you close that door and move on.”
     
    Musings from Terah van Dusen on her mother.

    Family
  12. Write Along with Me

    In preparation for a writing conference, writer and ex-nurse Lois Roelofs reads and shares what she’s learned from Phillip Lopate’s Writing Personal Essays: On the Necessity of Turning Oneself into a Character.

    Books
  13. 1970: Kites

    David Deitrick remembers being care-free: “No sputtering four-stroke internal combustion engines — just the thrum of the kite string and slow dance that comes from manipulating the string to gain altitude or change direction.”

    Nostalgia
    Photo by Radoslav Minchev
  14. (Not) Talking About Our Big Goals: Readers Respond

    Readers share their thoughts on talking — or not talking — about big goals.

    Inspiration
  15. Who Are You Writing For? Blogger Val Boyko Looks Beyond the “Like” Button

    A long-time blogger offers advice to more recent arrivals on the scene.

    Inspiration