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Stability of Place: Seeking God in Close Quarters with Benedict of Nursia

The consensus among the handful of us who were huddled into the small college chapel that night at St. Michael’s College in Toronto, waiting for the vesperal liturgy to begin, was that were worshiping on borrowed time. Only hours earlier, in response to mounting concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the president of our university had…
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You know how it’s hard to be grateful? (Episode 045)

We recorded this before COVID-19 became a big deal, but gratitude is more relevant than ever! In this episode we talk about the connection between gratitude and writing, Nicole’s new gratitude journal, plus Sarah shares a tip about Instagram and we both talk about books we’ve read recently. Books we mention in this episode: Nicole’s…
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Finding Calm in COVID-19 (Middlesode)

Looking for a calming refuge from the dizzying developments around the COVID-19 pandemic? This Middlesode is for you. Settle in for instrumental music, a soft discussion about what COVID-19 lockdown looks like in Nicole’s neck of the woods, and an extended reading from Viktor Frankl’s famous book, Man’s Search for Meaning. How are you doing…
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#ThisCovidLife Book Giveaway on Instagram

Library shutting down? Toilet paper out? I can help with the former but not with the latter 🙄 Enter to win an ebook or audible copy of either #TimeandDespondency or #UndertheLaurelTree by posting a picture or quote that best sums up your life right now with the hashtag #ThisCovidLife! The funnier the better and the more the merrier. This Giveaway…
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Planning for Downtime, Plus a Special Announcement! (Ep 043)

Sometimes downtime surprises us, but sometimes we can plan ahead to make the most of it. Sarah and Nicole share how they planned (or didn’t) for downtime this winter, plus how Nicole is shaping her work around concerns about the Coronavirus. Resources we mention in this episode: How to Be an Indistractable Creative (Ep 039…
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The 5 Best Quotes about Accepting Reality as It Is (#FastTipsFridays)

Accepting reality as it is–without struggling to change or avoid it–is one of the hardest things in life! These are the five quotes I come to again and again to remind myself that there is transformative value in embracing the reality we have been given at each point in time…  “If you really want to…
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50% off Under the Laurel Tree Today Only!

Just popping in to let you know that Under the Laurel Tree and its book siblings (they all came out this past fall with Ancient Faith) are each 50% off today on the Ancient Faith Publishing site.

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A Winter Writing Retreat (Middlesode 042)

Every few months, Sarah does an at-home writing retreat. Here’s what she learned from this retreat (and why it was more “creative” than “writing”). Resources We Mention Otter Temi Sarah’s Instagram Why You Need a 5-Year Plan, on The Professor Is In podcast Join the conversation in the Writing on Wednesdays Facebook Group! Until next week,…
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5 Prompts for Gratitude Journaling

My recently released Journal of Thanksgiving is a three-year, sentence-a-day journal to help folks (including myself) make gratitude a more intentional practice. Knowing that gratitude doesn’t always come naturally, I included a list of 33 prompts at the end of the book to help spur thoughts. Here are five of them! What is the funniest…
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Writing About Difficult Topics (Ep 41)

Racism, death, money, faith: if it’s a difficult topic, we’ve probably written about it. Along the way, we’ve learn some valuable lessons on vulnerability, self-awareness, and accepting that criticism is usually not about us.