Rural Writer - The Blog

 Stories,  interviews and insights

from a country living perspective

 

Hitting the Wall: A Lesson in Facing Overwhelm Jan 30, 2023

(This story was first publish in July 2021 when my blog was on different platform. I thought it was a timely story so wanted to continue to share it.)

Let me start by apologizing. Seems I’ve done too much of that lately. Apologizing for not...

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3 Important Reasons Women Need to Step Out of Their Comfort Zone Jan 24, 2023

My mother-in-law is planning a trip to Hawaii next month. She’s never been there before and despite the drain on her savings, she’s excited about going.

She’s 81 years old and stepping out of her comfort zone.

I want to be like...

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The Dichotomy of Starting a Blog - Both Soft and Crunchy Jan 24, 2023

I am fortunate to know all the families on our six-mile stretch of country road. We have an unwritten code of supporting each other whenever we can.

Last summer, a couple of my neighbors needed to get their kids to swimming lessons, so I...

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Combat Overwhelm With the Emotional Workout Jan 23, 2023

A simple tool for improving clarity and focus.

I cannot remember exactly how I heard about Anna Celestino, the author of “Igniting Change.” Destiny set our paths to cross is all I can say.

Just at a time when I was going through a...

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When My Mother Whistles, Happiness Follows Jan 23, 2023

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also in the past in the guise of fond memories.” — Honore de Balzac

When Charley Pride started singing about San Anton, my husband reached over...

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Why Winter is the Best Time to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Jan 15, 2023

  Beat the winter blahs by doing something different!

Winter can be so boring. Short days and long dark nights coupled with cold, nasty weather, do little to inspire us.

It’s so easy to fall into the familiar territory known as our...

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How I Manage the Problems That Come With Being a Rural Writer Jan 15, 2023

It has long been my goal to turn my writing into a career. I’m not sure where I got the idea that working from home would be easy just because I live in the country. I honestly thought I would have hours to devote to composing content.

The...

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How to Recognize and Manage the Need for Change Jan 15, 2023

(This story is dedicated to our beloved, Freddy who crossed the rainbow bridge this fall.)

 Life changes are not horseplay.

“What the hell’s the matter with that horse?” yelled my husband.

It had happened without warning....

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Coming Unfettered Jan 15, 2023

A short story about Self Awareness

Eva stared out the window as she dialed the phone. Against the dawn-lit hillside, the silhouette of a solitary mare stood backed up to a wooden fence post, an old boundary marker long forgotten, yet rooted in...

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The Many Benefits of Playing Card Games Jan 09, 2023

Have you ever participated in a card party?

Every Saturday night from the end of October until the end of March, our neighbors get together for a pinochle party. It’s a fun way to pass through the dark days of winter when you live out in the...

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