Love Languages

Explanations about how love works are all fine and good, but ideas don’t make much difference until you put them into action. That’s what love languages are all about. Love languages is an idea popularized by Gary Chapman’s books that identify five specific ways that people show love, based on what they value. Some people give gifts, others say nice things, share quality time, do acts of service, or communicate affection through physical touch. When…

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Inspiring Life Quotes Galore!

In case you haven’t noticed, I recently opened up my quotes database for everyone to enjoy. Find & enjoy it at quotes.UofLIFE.com I started collecting my favorite quotes to have them on hand for writing projects, or when preparing for workshops or speaking engagements, and to memorize them so I can spout them off in the middle of any casual conversation. But I soon I caught myself skimming through them most mornings, just to remind…

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Search and Rescue on the Radio

NPR’s All Things Considered interviewed me last week about the emotional toll on search and rescue members when searches must be called off. Listen to it here: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/04/309075885/calling-off-the-search-the-emotional-toll-of-search-and-rescue Toronto’s AM640 Talk Radio interviewed me about the same topic this morning and I’ll post a link to that as soon as it appears on their site.

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Sponsor a Dancer!!!

I’ve known Bridger Barksdale all his life. I am *awed* at his dedication to his pursuits and the *excellence* he achieves in them. I produced this video to show off some of his inspiring skills, and to help him raise money to attend the Bolshoi Theater’s summer intensive program in New York this summer, where he was awarded a 90% scholarship when he tried out at the Grand Prix in Denver this winter. His family…

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Happy Thanksgiving + Merry Christmas!

What I am grateful for today (among other things) is that I finally finished writing the last book in my Courage, Love and the Meaning of Christmas series! The Art of Heart  finally wraps up the trilogy with the most exciting book yet. Click any of the books above to view them on Amazon.com and click the book image there to read the first dozen chapters or so and see if you get hooked by the…

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Dialogue

Dialogue is probably the best way to make readers really get to know your characters. It also gives your writing variety and speeds up the pace (because, as with metaphors, a few words reveal so much) which keeps it more interesting. Here are a few tips to help you make your dialogue effective: 1. Use realistic words. One reason why dialogue is so interesting and characterizing is because readers get to “hear” characters speak and…

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Sensory Details

Think about it. That beautiful, tall, leafy tree in the park, with its shapes and colors, is completely disconnected from you. When you stare up through its branches, you’re not experiencing the tree itself. You would know nothing about the tree if not for the light rays bouncing off the trunk and leaves and reflecting into your eyes. You’re not even experiencing the light that revealed the tree to you. Instead, the light that splashes through…

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New Writing Center being planned

The old U of Life Writing Center already has dozens of top-ten search pages for writing tips that gets thousands of hits per month. We’re currently planning a major update to these pages based on the innovative writing text The Art & Craft of Writing. Stay tuned! We’ll let you know as plans progress. In the mean time, you may access the old version at UofLIFE.com/wc

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