Kim Jorgensen Gane

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And He Learned

Rethink the Rant

When he noticed the naked little girl at the beach didn’t look quite like he did and asked why, they answered his questions in simple phrases painted in black and white, pink and blue, and tradition. And he learned that boys and girls were different.

When one of the neighbor kids painted his nails, they got angry. That wasn’t something boys did. And he learned that there were different rules for boys and girls, and that breaking those made people upset.

When he was handed down a pink bike from his cousin, they replaced it with a blue one, because they didn’t want him to be mocked for having a “girly” bike. And he learned that being girly was something to be mocked.

When he cried, they told him to be a man. And he learned that crying, and being not a man, was something less.

When he was being picked…

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Four Paws for Noah Grand Prize Lottery

Every submission to a Four Paws for Noah writing competition for a cause gains entry in the Grand Prize lottery!! Help a boy get his therapy dog and help yourself finish a writing project! I think that’s what we call WIN/WIN!

The Honeyed Quill

Yes, you read that right. The Four Paws for Noah Writing Competitions have received a #Write2TheEnd workshop donation valued at $495, and you can win this grand prize just for participating in one (or all) of the competitions. In fact, every submission gains you another entry in this lottery. Keep that in mind as you read the prize details from dynamic #Write2TheEnd teaching duo Kim Jorgensen Gane and Ami Hendrickson.


We are offering admittance to our #Write2TheEnd 2016 Summer Session. Precise timing is TBD, but the course will likely begin right after the July 4th holiday. We hold our sessions on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM at our offices in St. Joseph, Michigan (420 Main Street). This prize is valued at $495, and can be redeemed either in-person, or remotely via Skype. We have hosted a remote participant before with great success. And he was on the other side of the world!

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How to Stay Connected While Writing Your Trauma

Shawna teaches a class, Writing Through Trauma. I wish so much that I lived closer, I would take her class and recommend it to our #Write2TheEnd participants. So many of these roadblocks are the very ones we give the power to block us from getting to our The End. Follow Shawna. Come to love her as I do.

The Honeyed Quill

If you enjoy understatements, here’s one: healing after trauma is hard work. I often find my lips have glued themselves shut when my therapist zeros in on the traumas most alive in me. I’d be terrible at poker.

But here’s the thing–I’m great at putting my head down and getting through. I am strong in multiple ways. When it comes to healing, I don’t give myself a break. We found the tip of the iceberg? Great. Let’s haul that whole sucker out of the water and chip it into slush in the next 45 minutes. Go! It’s a game of catch and release for me with transformation in-between. But sometimes, even with my therapist grounding me, I get lost in the process.


An aspect of trauma is it can make reality slippery. I have post-traumatic stress disorder from violence in my early years. It comes with periodic flashbacks and anxiety…

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The Living The Dream Manifesto

I LOVE this!! So true!! #Write2TheEnd, #More2YourStory, #More2Success, #More2Wellness, #More2Fertility! All of it! I feel compelled to help people in all the ways I am able.

The Becoming Better Project

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The Truth About My Mother

@shawnamawna illustrates so beautifully what so many of us wrestle with in our own writing: humanity and humility.

The Honeyed Quill

I was the child of a difficult situation. I write most frequently about abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and survival. However, I take care to infuse everything I write with the glow of hope that I learned from the first person who decided to interrupt the cycle: my mother.

It may seem strange that I can write about physical and emotional trials and gratefulness in the same breath, but the truth is I am grateful. My experiences helped create who I am today. I am strong, full of courage and I know my own beauty. This is in no small part due to my mother’s insistence that change happen–that the world as it was did not have to be the world always.


In fact, it was my mother who shaped me as a writer. My mother who catered to my curious gifts such as early reading, puzzling and later, synesthesia

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How to Write A Killer “About” Page that Will Attract New Followers

Helpful and thoughtful information about how to nail your About page.


Nail Your About Page If you nail your About page, you can get more blog followers.

Exciting isn’t it?

You receive notification that you have a new follower.  You experience a rush of emotions.  You feel validated, complimented, and like your voice has been heard and acknowledged.  You feel driven to make your new follower’s faith in you well placed.

Other bloggers have the opposite experience when their efforts do not garner them new readership.

There are still others who feel a mixture of confusion when they have both experiences but can not rationally explain why sometimes they get new followers and sometimes they don’t.

This post will explain it.  The key factor rests on the strength of your About page.

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No Off Button

*sigh* True, there is No Off Button to parenting, no matter how old our children. Deborah’s heartfelt post really touched me. I thought it was important to share.

Monday Coffee & Other Stories

No Off Button

By Deborah Leigh Norman

Having had a child with an extra chromosome for almost ten years and having lived in three states in that time, I am connected with several listservs, advocacy organizations, newsletters and more. I have found some very useful information for my son from these resources over the years.

Sometimes, however, after reading the title of an email, I hope the information inside will be for me. For example “What to Do During a Meltdown” sounded priceless. However, when I opened the email, the information was for the child’s meltdown, not for mine as I had wished. It included ideas for how parents can help their child during a meltdown, such as giving them a deep pressure hug, offering the child a drink of cold water, or letting the child throw a pillow. These are good suggestions, and different things work for different kids…

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No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Can Grow At Home In Containers

‘Tis the season, or at least it will be soon. Right? Right?!
While we live in a rental with potential for a move before the growing season is over, container gardening is the way to go. Portable, and we only have a small patio area that gets sun.
Creative container gardening, it is! And this is a great list. So many things will grow well in containers that I never would have thought of.
Enjoy some #MOREin2014 – VARIETY & Veggies!

Dr Akilah - Celestial Healing Wellness Center

By Rachel Cernansky –

Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don’t have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they—and you—have to travel.

As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil’s about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiiiny little terrace.

If you’re up to the challenge—and it really isn’t much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. And so much cheaper! Just be sure to choose the right…

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Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 40

My piece of flash, “When…,” is shared here. I hope it acts as a sort of visualization for hope for those dealing with infertility during the particularly difficult holiday season.

The Tsuruoka Files

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 40!

This is a flash fiction challenge.  The prompt is a song.  You are not required to write about or even mention the song.  It’s there only to get the ideas moving around in your brain pan.  If you want to write about the song (or the video- it’s all good here) go for it but don’t feel like you have to.

The rules;

500 words, but it’s a slushy 500, meaning you can go up to 700 or as low as 300.

Post your entry right in the comments section of this post.


The challenge starts whenever I post this on Tuesday…

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13 Wicked Awesome Links ~ From Thoughty to Naughty

Delighted and flattered to receive COWBELL from Jenny Hansen, when she included a link to “The Fall of Disney’s Princesses and What We’re Really Witnessing,” this week! THANKS, Jenny!!!

Jenny Hansen's Blog

I kind of dropped Techie Tuesday and all my Linky Love while I was in San Francisco working my tail off. I’m home now and I’ve been catching up on some very interesting posts.

The above title is in honor of my post yesterday on Boston as a Second Language!

Let the Wicked Awesome Link-Fest begin…

Thoughty Stuff

Writing Stuff

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