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March 29, 2017
She said, "Oh, honey, I'm not going to tell you."

This conversation happened on a Sunday morning nearly a decade ago. This couple sat near us, and I met them during the 'meet-n-greet.' Back then, little conversations like this one were a highlight of my morning, back in the days before I became an introvert. They struck up a conversation. "So, do you have any […]

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January 30, 2017
Carry a Pen.

Anne Lamott says you should always carry a pen with you. She says it's the secret to life for a writer. She says, "If you don't carry a pen, then God is going to give me the good ideas that would have gone to you. He may say, 'I was going to give her that […]

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August 24, 2015
True Stories Told Well: Tricia Lott Williford

Recently, FaithHappenings featured my writing in their Author Spotlight. Here's my interview with a splash of personality. What do you love to write and what inspired you to start? I love true stories told well, so my favorite genre is creative nonfiction. I tend to lean into real-life moments and do two things with them: dissect big emotions, giant […]

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April 24, 2015
That Moment When I was Ridiculous with Jon Acuff

I feel like I can call Jon Acuff my friend because it's a liberty I need to take, since one of my worst professional moments happened when he and I were eating lunch in the green room of a conference where we were each speaking. I'm telling you, I was an idiot. We were backstage […]

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November 23, 2014
Flecks and Nuggets of Golden Grief

Grief has come to visit today.  I love and hate her, this dark girl who follows me around until I let her in to set me free. It is quite handy, then, that I have Anne Lamott's book with me, Small Victories. I'm reading her chapter called 'Ladders.' She has written my heart once again, […]

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November 21, 2014
My Moment with Anne Lamott

Sometimes an opportunity pops up between the cracks of the sidewalk, and  you just know that you know that you know it will be a moment of all moments. Anne Lamott came to my town, to my bookstore (which I fervently all my own since I guess I believe a girl should put her name on the […]

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July 27, 2014
I Don't Have to Go To Church. I'm An Adult.

In a day of grace and permission, why do I go to church every weekend? I don't have to.  I'm an adult.  Nobody makes me follow through with habits like brushing my teeth or taking my vitamins, and I certainly don't always do those rituals. So, why do I go to church? I go because […]

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October 13, 2013
The Night Donald Miller Changed My Life

Pour yourself some coffee, my friend. Or a mimosa. Whatever you need to settle in for one of the best moments of my life.  I'm probably about to plow through every word-count suggestion for blogs. But, when your life changes in one night, you should use as many words as you need. So, remember how […]

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April 10, 2013
To Be Literary or To Be Relevant

I stood at Barnes & Noble, debating on whether or not to buy the Collectors Collection, "the cornerstone for any reader's library." The box contained titles such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Dracula, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a few others that literary people speak highly of. Basically, it's the list of books I […]

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November 25, 2012
Fearfully, by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott posted this nugget this morning on Facebook.  She probably just sat up in bed, grabbed her ipad, and whipped out this beautiful bit of genius. * * * I am beginning to think that this body of mine is the one I will have the entire time I am on this side of […]

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November 6, 2012
Dinner in My Mind

I have a list of people I'd like to host for a dinner party.  I will use my best dishes, set a colorful spread, facilitate sparkling conversation, and feed them well. For my night with the ladies, I will invite Elizabeth Berg, Anne Lamott, Marisa de los Santos, Maya Angelou, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nora Ephron, […]

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