Category: Perspectives

A Blogging Milestone: the 100th Post

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Two years ago, the term “blogging milestone” seemed ridiculous—even pretentious. The last blogging milestone I made a post about was the 30th one, in February of 2020, which was more like an announcement of The Inquisitive Inkpot’s identity shift. I don’t think even after… Continue Reading “A Blogging Milestone: the 100th Post”

Nature has Drama Too

Nature can be equally refreshing and entertaining—as I was recently reminded. Going for walks in nature is one of my go-to introvert activities, in which I can leave behind all technology, obligation, and mandatory sitting. (Side note: it perpetually frustrates me how sitting is… Continue Reading “Nature has Drama Too”

Remembering on Memorial Day

Last Memorial Day gave me an experience I will never forget. It all began with a story I had recorded prior to Memorial Day for the national radio program Our American Stories. The piece featured my boss, an ex-marine, telling the incredible story of… Continue Reading “Remembering on Memorial Day”

Unforgivable Character Flaws

Character flaws. We can’t deny them. Nor can we fix them in other people. Sure, we can work on tackling our own character flaws and mitigating their expressions, but we will never eradicate them this side of eternity. While we shouldn’t cherish our character… Continue Reading “Unforgivable Character Flaws”

The Lies Stories Make Us Believe

In life, we will believe many lies. Some of these lies originate with our own flawed perspectives. Some are pushed on us by others we trust. Others are sold to us through the vast web of media that comprises much of our life experience.… Continue Reading “The Lies Stories Make Us Believe”

Finding your Focus

Focus is something many of us lack. There’s plenty of kinds of focus. Focus in the sense of your actual attention span, focus in your work ethic, focus in your monetary investments, and focus in where you direct your free time. We live in… Continue Reading “Finding your Focus”

On the Fear of Change

The fear of change is a two-sided coin. As someone who has always had a fear of change, I often assumed that my reason for wanting things to stay the same was because the alternative must be worse. If I switch schools, I won’t… Continue Reading “On the Fear of Change”

Confessions of a Covid-stricken Writer

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I thought covid would give me an unparalleled chance to keep writing. How wrong I was. Days before I received my positive covid test results, I had struck a gold mine of creative energy. My second children’s book has been progressing toward publication, and… Continue Reading “Confessions of a Covid-stricken Writer”

Stop Looking for Shortcuts

Shortcuts: we are always on the hunt for them. Shortcuts sell. They hook us with promises of overnight success, instant weight-loss, and rapidly acquired riches. They convince us of radical new formulas that invert the traditional (or even natural) order of things, and guarantee… Continue Reading “Stop Looking for Shortcuts”

The Writer’s Creative Conscience: staying Accountable

Every writer has a creative conscience. By “creative conscience,” I don’t mean a moral compass that dictates what we do and don’t create. I mean a still, small voice that haunts us when we aren’t creating and hounds us for not achieving milestones. The… Continue Reading “The Writer’s Creative Conscience: staying Accountable”