What Makes a Good Story?

What Makes a Good Story?

Seriously, I’m asking myself this. And the answer kind of horrifies me: Drama. Tension. Conflict. Suffering. Struggle. Difficulty. Overcoming the odds. This is the stuff of epic poems. There’s a reason fairy tales don’t go beyond “And they lived happily ever after.”...
Freedom vs Connection

Freedom vs Connection

A couple months ago a dear friend asked me what I thought the deepest desire of men and the deepest desire of women are. And, with a lack of hesitation that actually kind of surprised me, I blurted out, “Men most desire freedom and women most desire connection.” He...
Meaning vs Connection

Meaning vs Connection

I read a fellow author’s blog this morning about a tough conversation he and his wife had with a fellow human traveler through this worldly realm, a man who had apparently fallen in a wagon rut emotionally and psychologically, puzzling over whether his life held...
When I . . .

When I . . .

“Don’t wish your life away Kaatee.” It’s what my German grandfather always said when he caught me wishing for some future time to arrive when I would get a new pony or get out of school for the summer or stop seeing zits in the mirror (on my face) or finally get my...
Getting Soft

Getting Soft

Little did I know when this photo was taken in front of the temple of Apollo at his temple complex in Delphi, that less than 24 hours later I would have a vision of the Bringer of Light himself while I was hiking up on Mount Parnassus. That astonishing encounter...
OUR GOD

OUR GOD

I have a confession to make – I listen to Christian rock music.  The melodies are usually gorgeous (they’re actually melodies!) and often inspire chills. The words are frequently incredibly inspiring, giving encouragement to leave the ego behind, to trust in a higher...