Category Archives: Honored Alumni

Mentor or Mentee?

By Marilyn Turk For the past year, I’ve wanted a writing mentor, someone who would advise me and help me on my writing journey. Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one … Continue reading

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If you build it, He will come.

By Marilyn Turk If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I directed my second writers’ retreat this year. For months beforehand, I planned, prepared, and promoted the retreat, praying and trusting God to make it as successful as last … Continue reading

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Lyn Cote Reviews Kathryn Springer’s Dandelion Field

Writers start by being readers and I still read daily. I’ve found a good book for you! Well, that’s my hope. The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer My rating: 5 of 5 stars EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT book! But I wasn’t surprised. … Continue reading

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Wildflower or Weed?

  By Marilyn Turk Am I a Weed or a Wildflower? When I go for a walk in our neighborhood, I head for the nature trail, preferring trees and greenery to asphalt and concrete. One of the benefits of the … Continue reading

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Lyn Cote Asks-Have you ever heard of America’s First Self-Made Female Millionaire?

Have you ever heard of Madame C J Walker? She was the first self-made (not inherited wealth) woman millionaire in the US. This video is just a quick dab of info. If you click the tab above, marked Women Who … Continue reading

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The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion by Judy Miller

During a visit to St. Louis several years ago, one of the unexpected delights was a visit to the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. This was an unplanned sightseeing tour that came about when I spotted a pamphlet in the hotel. It didn’t … Continue reading

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On Spring, Glory and Grace

As flowers start peeking up from the hard, dull earth, as buds appear on bare branches, it’s hard not to be reminded that God reveals Himself in two ways: through the Bible and in nature. Both revelations can’t help but … Continue reading

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Do You Like Where You Live and Why?

Lyn Cote here-I know that’s not a question people ask you directly but many times they ask it indirectly with comments, intimating that they wouldn’t want to live where you do! ‘-) I live in the far northwoods of Wisconsin. … Continue reading

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I Get By with a little Help from my Friends.

By Marilyn Turk A writer’s life can be lonely and isolated – separated from the activities of the world outside his or her office. However, the isolation is a choice dictated by the profession, a condition under which the writer … Continue reading

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To Learn or Not to Learn by Marilyn Turk

Have you ever met someone who seems to know it all? Or maybe you’ve dealt with children who believe they know more than you do? It’s very frustrating to deal with these people because when you try to help them … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day -Thumbs Up or Down?

Valentine’s Day -Thumbs Up or Down? by Lyn Cote Last Thursday I took part in a Valentine’s Day Party on Facebook. One of the authors asked the readers–How did you meet your husband or true love? It seemed an appropriate … Continue reading

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The Right Word

By Marilyn Turk Writers are always searching for the right word, that word that captures the truest meaning of the moment in our stories. We try to abstain from the “weasel” words, the weak words that are commonplace like “just,” … Continue reading

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Winter Homecoming, Inspired by Real Life Heroine

Do you enjoy stories which are inspired by real people? Winter Homecoming was inspired by a real life twentieth century heroine in my hometown. She was called the “Angel in Snowshoes.” To read about Dr. Kate Newcomb, drop by my … Continue reading

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The Path Taken

By Marilyn Turk Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by And it has made all the difference. – Robert Frost   Are you tired of hearing about New Year’s goals or … Continue reading

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Celebrating Christmas Present

By Marilyn Turk In the famous Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits – the ghost of Christmas Past, the ghost of Christmas Present, and the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Over the past … Continue reading

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