Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.
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HINT OF THE MONTH - AUGUST
If you are stuck when writing, skip ahead to a scene you really WANT to write. No one is going to tell you off for not writing in chronological order - well, except for your inner critic, but we all have to work on silencing that voice when we're writing.
Writing a scene you're excited about usually helps resolve writer's block. The important thing is to keep writing!
My parents needed a break from the constant battling between my two younger brothers. Dad was so embarrassed by my brothers’ constant fighting that he runaround the house slamming windows shut. “Be quiet! The neighbors will hear you!” He tried to protect his reputation as model parent and church leader. Furthermore, he was the drum major in a bagpipe band that raised money for Shriners Hospitals for Children. He had to protect his image as a lover of children … even his own. However, one day the boys fought viciously on the front lawn. Dad was so mad that he ran outside and screamed, “I’m going to send you to two different reform schools!” His face turned red and I thought he’d have a stroke. Unwittingly, I added fuel to the fire. I ran outside and stuck up for my brothers. “If you send the boys away, you’ll have to send me, too!” I don’t know what made me think that Dad wouldn’t have been glad to get rid of all three of us, but he stopped yelling ... too late to avoid putting on a wi…
Don’t panic. Stay calm. In times of trouble and in life and death situations, Jews and Christians find comfort in Psalm 23. Today with the Coronavirus, we face an invisible enemy that affects all our lives. In an effort to give you more insight on this Psalm, let me share with you my thoughts and how it helped me through some difficult times. Then and now I adapt Psalm 23 to my present situation. I make this psalm my own.
Psalm 23 uses shepherd and sheep imagery. God is the good shepherd that provides us, the sheep, with safety and sustenance. The first three verses of this psalm focus on God’s provisions given to us.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Lying down is a symbol for peace and tranquility. The still waters refresh us. So if we are part of God’s flock and let God govern our lives, we will be revived spiritually, e…
A small moment
Larger than Life
Short in duration
We hadn't seen each other in 22 days
The longest we'd ever been apart.
She yelled when she saw me,
I heard her through the glass.
I saw her through the glass
Smiling and jumping
Giggling and screeching
Joy exuding from her little body
All because of me.
I made silly faces and
Sang our silly song
I showed her a gift I brought
to be left by the door
Retrieved later by her Mommy,
My precious daughter,
Once she dons a
And sprays it with disinfectant.
We pretended to hug
And then we kissed.
I imagined the glass wasn’t there.
Yes, I felt her through the glass.
Her love coursed through my veins
Enough to sustain me for a little while
And I hope that she felt the same.
A small moment
Larger than life
Short in duration