More Poetry and Art — Between the Generations

I’m collaborating with one of my granddaughters here. Her bright and beautiful painting and my recent poem about “Glory.”

Poetry, Art, and Books—Between the Generations

Here I am with one of my granddaughters. She’s a creative girl who likes to study nature, write poems, and draw pictures. I started writing poems as a girl, myself. Here’s one I wrote in my youth, about BOOKS. My granddaughter drew the picture below, to illustrate this poem. A Book If I’m reading a…

Changing Direction

   We finished our salads and chocolate mousse at the corner cafe and, after a merci beaucoup to the waiter, stepped across the old street of Paris. We had come to France to visit our missionary son and we had an opportunity to be sightseers in Paris. On our first full day in the city…

Afflict the Comfortable?

The famous newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer is said to have had this motto: “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Do you think this is a good motto for a Christian writer? And maybe for a Christian reader? Jesus gave comfort to the afflicted. He saw the real needs of individuals and responded in love and…

Boutique Publisher

I received an email from someone who casually commented that Cladach is a “boutique publisher.” That struck me as a fitting descriptor of what we hope to offer to our authors, customers and readers. What does the word “boutique” bring to your mind? These words come to my mind: Unique, Hand-picked, Entrepreneurial, Personal, Artsy. In…

Good Friday Poem

Snow on Good Friday We grieve when snow falls on Good Friday eve. What about the greening, the beginnings of spring? when like manna fallen from Heaven— “My body broken for you” into flakes and crumbs— soft, pure-white flesh spread upon all that lies both dormant and sprouting, at morn reflects the rising sun; except…

A Christian Writer’s “Wildly Unbalanced Life”

I hear writers bemoan the demands and distractions in their days (including technology) and how hard it is for them to achieve balance in their lives. Perhaps you’ve felt that, too. You’re working at the computer and think you’ll just check Facebook for a few minutes. An hour later, you wonder where the time went.…

Attempting the Impossible

We were shivering in our ski jackets on the beach that cold January day as I walked a stretch of the Connecticut coast with my son, David, and his family. A shrub-lined, curving trail took us over a hill and down upon a tumble of boulders, where we met an unexpected sight: a fit young…

Are You Ready to Publish a Book?

Think that’s a glamorous hat? Think again. As a “boutique” (small, custom, picky) publisher, I wear this hat often, and at first glance it may seem to give power and appeal. Over time, though, it brings me to my knees. With my acquisitions editor hat on I must make decisions to enter into contractual agreements…