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How to Respond to Comments on Facebook

content discovered on Friday, December 29, 2017 in general sharing reblogged avoid fights courtesy politeness thank you

How to Respond to Comments on Facebook This is from author CJ Cherryh and its brilliantly simple. The uncommon art of common courtesy. If you didnt get the response you wanted, say, Thank you. If you do get the response Continue reading

Write Non-Fiction In November 2017  – First Eig...

content discovered on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in notary public writing amwriting nano book for nsa nanonfiwrimo notary book notary signing agent wnfin

Day 1. I wrote the introduction this morning, which helped me to clarify things nicely. This book HAS been cooking in my head for a year, so I know where it is going, even though I have revised bits of Continue reading

I Hereby Commit to NaBloPoMo 2017!

content discovered on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in general sharing

Originally posted on Healing Through Connection: 2015 November Gratitude Shorts 2016 Letters to Patients 2017 Field Notes from a Life in Medicine Day 1: Practice Shitty First Drafts I first heard this concept listening to Brené Brown’s book Rising Strong.

A Recent Letter to a Friend

content discovered on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in general sharing writing amwriting facebook flow friendship interruption messenger

Dear friend, Im sorry about my lack of response to your voice mails. Ive been busy have not had a chance to look at your newly updated website. With luck, I expect to spend some time on it tomorrow Continue reading

On Privilege and Consequences for Mistakes

Over the several decades of my life, I have been blessed to receive a great many things which only an idiot would claim I deserved or had earned. Its often easy to fall into the trap of seizing the low-hanging Continue reading

A Southerner Speaks Out on the So-Called Confed...

content discovered on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in politics rants and raves america battle flag civil war heritage losers nazis racism rebel flag symbols

As an American who had ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and a Southerner whose family roots in the South go back for over 200 years, I am aware of the history of the Civil War, what led up to Continue reading

I am a Writer

content discovered on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in independent business writing copyright fair use permission writer writing

I am a Writer. This means I get ideas from all over the place and I write down those that interest me, as well as those I find helpful or educational or truthful. If you ask me a question or Continue reading

Grief and Mourning

Grief is what you feel when you lose a loved one. Mourning is how you express those feelings. I read that in a book last year and it stuck with me. I leave it to you, the readers, to decide Continue reading

Big Up Your Blog!

content discovered on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in general sharing inspiration reblogged growing your audience

Originally posted on But I Smile Anyway...: Want to be part of an absolutely amazing Facebook group of bloggers? Want to have supportive blog pals at the end of the ether, sharing and commenting on your posts? Want to grow your

Driving Miss Crazy

content discovered on Friday, May 19, 2017 in doing good works inspiration reblogged driving good advice kindness stress

Originally posted on A Year of Living Kindly: “Americans will put up with anything provided it doesnt block traffic.” (Dan Rather)  Over the last few years of exploring kindness, writing about it, and occasionally talking about it, one of the

Words Matter

content discovered on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in doing good works inspiration reblogged caring donna cameron kindness words matter writing

Here is another excellent piece from the maven of kindness, Donna Cameron. Her entire blog is filled with such wonderful thoughts, expressed so well, that I cant say enough about it. Go! Read! “Kind words can be short and easy Continue reading

What If We Really Cared ?

content discovered on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in philosophy rants and raves religion caring community education food health care life shelter

What if we took to heart theGreat Commandmentsand truly cared for other people, especially the widows, the orphans, the sick, and the prisoners? What would that look like? What if for-profit insurance had never been allowed for health care? Would Continue reading

#Loveuary❤ – Rules And A Prompt List Of Sorts!

content discovered on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in doing good works inspiration reblogged love ritu writing prompts

I had intended to share this while that month was still going on so that my readers could participate. Please forgive me for missing the boat on that! In any case, its a lovely idea and worth visiting Ritus blog Continue reading

That Moment When … An Open Apology

content discovered on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in family general sharing that moment when apology feelings thoughts

That moment when you find it necessary to do something that you previously ranted raved about when other people did it. Please forgive me, everyone, for my much-spouted-but-now-I-realize-was-wrong demand that you: tell me immediately if anything I do upsets Continue reading

Missing Her as March Approaches

Missing Her as March Approaches Last year, on March 2nd, while my wife Barbara was at home in my care, she had her second stroke. As I had read the information given out by the hospital after her first one, Continue reading

Imaginary Conversation with My Wife

content discovered on Thursday, February 23, 2017 in family cats family humor

Imaginary Conversation with My Wife 23 February 2017 Me: I love the cats, but Her: Yes Me: But the thing I hate the most about them is cat barf. Her: Really? Thats the one thing you hate the most about Continue reading

One Day, She Met a Man

One Day, She Met A Man A Short Tale One day, while walking outside, she met a man. Or maybe it was a ghost of a man yet to be, she was never sure. He was throwing his hands Continue reading

Water and Hotness

content discovered on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in general sharing inspiration change choice endurance humor limits power resistance writer

Water is the only thing in my life where I can adjust the hotness. (Yeah, thats supposed to be a joke.) When we look around while out in public, one thing we may notice is that some people look hot Continue reading

Why Are Libraries So Under-Appreciated?

I attended a class this morning at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) office and the presenter (from an outside firm) mentioned Google several times, which kind of makes sense, as the class was about digital marketing and Google Continue reading

Writing Prompt: Ghosts and Cats

content discovered on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in writing ancient gods cats ghosts writing writing prompt

​Writing prompt: Ghosts and Cats Who keeps opening closed doors, unlocking locked ones, closing and locking the ones that were open? Why do you forget what drove you to enter a room just as you pass through the doorway? The Continue reading

Who Am I ? Thoughts on Being A Widow

content discovered on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in general sharing minister is defining myself taking action widow widowhood

It struck me again tonight that Im here alone. No one else lives here, so no one else will do the things I leave for later. Am I No One Else? Who am I now that shes gone? How do Continue reading

On the New Year

content discovered on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in general sharing inspiration antifascist change choices inspiration new year still i rise

For me, the new year 2017 began with: Pain illness Disappointment Loneliness A large To-Do List Fear of what is coming And, yet, as the great poet Maya Angelou wrote,  But Still I Rise. I am not done yet Continue reading

On December 30th

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​Today is December 30, 2016. One year ago today, I woke up on day 4 of what turned out to be a 10+day illness. My wife Barbara and I had enjoyed Christmas dinner together in her nursing home room. Due Continue reading

Bah-Humbug on Christmas 2016

content discovered on Friday, December 23, 2016 in family rants and raves christmas family grief holidays widow

​Yesterday, I received another piece of mail addressed to Gatewood Family Enterprises, a name we used in connection with a side thing many years ago. Two things struck me about this. 1) You really never get off mailing lists, as Continue reading

An Open Apology To Dolly Parton

content discovered on Friday, December 9, 2016 in general sharing

Originally posted on Rawe-struck: Dear Dolly, I’ll be honest. I used to think you were a bimbo. I used to think you flaunted your big boobs, teased hair, tiny waist, and your syrupy-sweet southern accent just to sell yourself and

Further Thoughts on the Election

content discovered on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in politics

For the record, the USA has never been a pure democracy. Its always been a representative democracy, meaning the people select representatives who decide whats best. When it works, this minimizes the usual B.S. of bad public opinion steamrolling over Continue reading

Thoughts on the Election

content discovered on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in general sharing

​So, yesterday I was proven wrong. America does elect fascists after all. The Greatest Generation must be rolling in their graves, wondering what they fought for. I can only hope that the GOP will continue to be as ineffective at Continue reading

Ideas Are Everywhere

content discovered on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in inspiration writing ideas inspiration writer s block writing

People often ask writers where they get their ideas. Over the years, various writers have offered their own answers, sometimes silly or sarcastic, sometimes serious, sometimes snarky, and, every once in a while, helpful. As every writer has sometimes hit Continue reading

Personalizing My Semicolon Tattoo

Before I got my first tattoo, I could not figure out why someone would want one, let alone several. Now that Ive had my own tat for several weeks, Im starting to understand a bit about the why. While I Continue reading

Sunday Thoughts on Justice

Sunday Thoughts on Justice I keep coming back to what someone said last year. If something bad within a system persists over time, it stops being a bug and becomes a feature. Prison rape is no longer a bug; its Continue reading

Remembering Barbara Gatewood

Remembering Barbara Gatewood (Remarks given at her funeral by her husband) My mother said she had never heard of a husband giving remarks at his wifes funeral. Well, Barbara and I were science fiction fans, commonly called nerds, and we Continue reading

Joy and Grief

Back on Christmas Eve, I posted a poll  asking my readers to pick from a list of shared topics, promising to write a post in response to the winners. The top choice was Joy and Grief. So, this is a Continue reading

Your Heart Knows What You Want. Your Head Knows...

content discovered on Sunday, January 31, 2016 in general sharing inspiration reblogged fear goals head heart inspiration overcoming fears success

I saw this recently and it stuck with me as it speaks to the tendency many of us have to over-analyze and over-think our goals, to over-research methods of achieving them, to procrastinate on ACTUALLY DOING ANYTHING. Sure, it helps Continue reading

My Community, My Home: Pass the Disability Inte...

content discovered on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in general sharing

Originally posted on Off the Top o My Head: Sen. Charles Schumer has introduced Senate Bill 2427, the Disability Integration Act of 2015.  If enacted, this bill would be like the Civil Rights Act for people threatened with placement in

Take Action !

content discovered on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in freelancing reblogged

One of the reasons that I named this blog Minister Is A Verb is that I have observed that we reveal who we are by our actions. Sure, we may have beliefs that are good, just, merciful, faith-based, and all Continue reading

An Open Letter to my Wife

When I met the woman who was to be my wife, I had two lists. One was things I did want in a mate and one was things I did not. Those lists are buried at the Shelby County landfill Continue reading

Good Writing Is ..

content discovered on Thursday, December 31, 2015 in general sharing reblogged writing bill wheeler clarity inspiration thinking writing

I saw this on Today, You Will Write and it resonates with me because clarity of thought and word is my goal. Photo Post Source: Inspirational Quote # 141Filed under: General Sharing, reblogged, Writing Tagged: Bill Wheeler, clarity, inspiration, thinking, Continue reading

Let Me Motivate You

This is a very moving, very human, and very wise use of gratitude to overcome the stuff that can bring us down if we let it. Kudos to A THOMAS for this inspiring piece. Let Me Motivate You by A. Continue reading

Let Those Thoughts Go

content discovered on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 in philosophy reblogged happiness happy joy letting go self control thoughts

Photo post by @arganesh3. As seen on Known is a Drop, Unknown Is an Ocean let thoughts goFiled under: Philosophy, reblogged Tagged: happiness, happy, joy, letting go, self-control, thoughts

5 Lessons in One Sentence

This sentence has been rattling around in my head for weeks. So, I made a meme about it. Then it occurred to me that there are 5 lessons curled up inside this one sentence. Sweep Your Sidewalks When the Leaves Continue reading

On Being Unsupervised and Freelancing

On Being Unsupervised and Freelancing Some people seem to think a man loses his mind when he gets married. I say this because you can hear them talking about how an unsupervised husband is a dangerous thing, as if we Continue reading

10 Tips To Beat the Holiday Blues

content discovered on Friday, December 18, 2015 in family reblogged blues christmas depression holidays

Its easy to get depressed during the holidays. For instance, this year, I am just not feeling the holiday spirit due to my wife being away and other matters. If it werent for writing to let my creative side out, Continue reading

The Word of the Day: Perspective

The word of the day is Perspective. Back in September, I went to Nashville. That resulted in 20 Things I Learned from my Recent Trip to Nashville . One thing I left off that list and that Ive been relearning of Continue reading

Are You Happy?

content discovered on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in general sharing reblogged change something happiness happy keep on persistence

While we cant change everything about our lives, we DO have a great deal more power than we think. So, I am happy to share this simple chart that shows how to use your power of choice to be happy. Continue reading

Peace and Irrelevant Opinions

content discovered on Thursday, December 17, 2015 in philosophy politics religion irrelevant opinions opinions passionate peace politics relevance religion

Peace and Irrelevant Opinions This blog started as a place for me to work out what I believed on issues of importance to me and to share my opinions with the world. As anyone who has read the articles posted Continue reading

The Causes of Gun Violence

content discovered on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 in politics rants and raves crime deadly gun control gun death gun myths gun violence guns

The Causes of Gun Violence Yes, we CAN address the causes of gun violence once we admit what they are. So, in order to move the conversation along, Ive prepared this list. What Are The Causes of Gun Violence? Continue reading

Updated List of BLOGS TO FOLLOW

content discovered on Monday, December 7, 2015 in general sharing

I have updated my List of Blogs To Follow. You can see the new list here: http://goo.gl/sZOVtC Its even in alphabetical order by blog name, so you can check to see if your blog is on the list. :D There Continue reading

The Values of Saint Thomas West

The Values of Saint Thomas West In September of this year, we traveled to Nashville so that my wife could have heart surgery at St. Thomas West hospital. While the experience is NOT one I would wish on anyone, if Continue reading

The Road Leads Ever Onward

content discovered on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in general sharing 10minwri home mississippi roads tennessee thanksgiving travel

All roads lead to Rome. ancient saying The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager Continue reading

A Wish for Peace…and Quiet

content discovered on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in general sharing

Originally posted on The Green Study:Leonardo da Vinci wrote that silence was the best way to strengthen authority. Lincoln suggested that the sin of silence, instead of protest, made cowards of men. Neither was on Facebook or Pinterest, nor


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