Christmas at Biltmore Estate

How about a short field trip on this Friday before Thanksgiving? Anyone needing a break?   Renaissance Man and I had to be in South Carolina earlier this week—and WE were needing a break— so I made my request:   How about on the way home we stop at Biltmore to see the Christmas decorations?   He agreed—and so we did!   And now you can, too!   Let's "travel to a whole new state of mind" to Asheville, North Carolina. Today we're visiting Biltmore Estate, America's largest home, built over a century ago by George Vanderbilt for his family—and still owned by the family today.   I know you're busy, so here are just a few bits of inspiration to think about as you're baking those ... Keep Reading...

SILENCE (followed by laughter!): Five Minute Friday

It's time for another Five Minute Friday—writing for five minutes from a single word-prompt.     START   Those rare moments when every sound stops and life envelops.   The motionless standing over a sleeping child’s bed—watching, dreaming, grateful.   The beauty of a snow-covered field at dawn before the world awakes—glistening.   The quiet tears falling down the face at the graveside—missing, lonely, grieving.   The peace that comes from saying, “Here I am Lord. Use me as you will.”   But sometimes . . .  Sometimes silence is the precursor to hilarity. It’s the pregnant pause moment when your mind says, “Did I just hear what I think I ... Keep Reading...

REST: Free Write Day 31

  START   Thirty-one days of free-writes . . .   Let’s give it a rest!   Thanks for indulging me and encouraging me to push myself through these last four weeks. It’s been an interesting experience.   Previous 31-day series have had themes. I’ve worked ahead a lot. I’ve enjoyed every.single.one of the posts.     This time was different.   There was no theme to grab on to. Each topic brought a variety of thoughts to mind.   There was no REST in the writing.   But I’m glad I pushed through. Glad, too, it’s over. :-)   I think I’ll still enjoy the Five-Minute Fridays (although it’s possible I’ll skip a week or two). But IF I do a 31-day ... Keep Reading...