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Dana Martin Writing

May showers

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? Today was a good day; the sky was dark, and during my 4-mile walk, it began to sprinkle. I’ve been a sprint-walker for a while, but we don’t get much rain where I live so this was an unusual and welcome surprise. I liked the smell of the rain as it reacted to the dusty asphalt. It was electric. My Ray-bans were the perfect windshield. My hair stuck to my shoulders. For whatever reason, my walk was much easier …read more

Students and grit

A post from Schoolhouse Escapes

grit in students
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When I was in third grade, I can remember Mrs. Wagner making me repeat an entire cursive assignment because I looped the bottom of a lowercase “f” the wrong direction. I wasn’t the only one. She decided to stop the lesson and move to another assignment, promising we would work on “f” again the next day. And we did. (Today’s time-crunched teachers can’t usually repeat lessons, but that is a different blog entry.) I can’t say that my third-grade classmates and I learned grit that day, but looking back, I …read more

Mercy and grace

An open letter to all of us

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You deserve forgiveness. Stop beating yourself up. No one hates you. Everyone makes mistakes. You’ve done the best you could. You’re trying to do better. You’re a good person. You still deserve love. You deserve to be happy. Good things happen to good people, and you’re good people. Everything is forgiven. Who cares about money. Forgiveness is so easy. Understanding is my strong suit. Let it go. When we go through something bad, even if it’s of our own doing, we can’t help but think everyone must be thinking the …read more

“G” is for God

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018

Dana and Mike

I’m still in Texas, and although it was a day later than we’d imagined, we’re home from the hospital after my grandson’s birth with a healthy baby and mother. God is good. I always catch myself when I say that. “God is good.” Isn’t God always good? Inherently good? His goodness never changes, but I don’t think we automatically think of His goodness when–for example–we are being frisked by TSA or when we miss a connection after traveling all day. “I missed my flight?! God is good!” But I do …read more

“F” is for Freedom

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018

Jarret and allie

As I sit in a birthing room at Midland Memorial Hospital, I find myself with more than enough time to re-enter the A-Z Blogging Challenge. NOT that I ever withdrew, although it would APPEAR that I was AWOL since my busy April turned this blog into a non-productive alphabetical wasteland. A couple good things have happened, though: I flew safely to both Portland, Oregon and Midland, Texas (mostly without incident)—which bears noting because traveling, for me, can go wrong. Murphy’s Law wrong. In fact, Murphy is normally traveling WITH me …read more

“E” is for Education

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018

early convention

Today flew by in a flurry of appointments and responsibilities, and now nighttime is already locking up and getting ready to call it a day. And I, loyal reader, am only now sitting down to write my “E” blog post. Writers are a weird breed of idea-havers. We have ideas for stories littering our desks, written in margins, saved as notes in our phones, or (dangerously) stuck in our heads. All we need is time, we say, TIME to let the ideas come to life, to let our characters live …read more

“D” is for Determination

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018

Dana martin bakersfield

As it turns out, I’m pretty determined, right? Think of it: This is Day 4 of the blogging challenge, and I’ve made it. Time to celebrate with a DRINK. Easy, girl…the alphabet has another 22 letters after this. I like how some of you have taken an active interest in my challenge, even offering suggestions for words beginning with C, T, and now with D: Donuts, Dork, Delirious, and Doing the Boss (although that one was quickly withdrawn for obvious reasons). Inasmuch as these words undoubtedly deserve a blog post …read more

“C” is for Conflict

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018

dana martin

Today’s letter o’ the day is C, and when I began writing today, my word was different, but in the post I started, I used the word “conflict” and recognized the inevitability and unavoidability of conflict in business, so I changed my letter “c” mid-stream. There’s all sorts of places you can find conflict in business, but I have only 45 minutes to write today, so let’s see how far I get. Once upon a time, I worked at a haunted house attraction, where I was the owner’s right hand, …read more

“B” is for Boss Babes

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018

Literally, not 24 hours have passed since writing my “A” blog post, and I’m already back at the computer working on the letter B. This is significant only because a) I have a million other things to do, and b) I haven’t been writing lately with any regularity, so what used to come easily to me is now like running a marathon the day after giving birth to quadruplets: Pure. Dumb. Effort. If this is your first stop, my challenge is to write 26 posts on the same theme, each …read more

“A” is for Adventure

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018

adventuretime entertainment

As I tread lightly into the A-Z Blogging Challenge this year, I have a plan–sort of–for the direction of my posts, and if you saw my teaser a couple weeks ago, my theme is “Business.” I know I risk losing three of you who’ve come here thinking I’m the Steve Jobs of Bakersfield, Calif., and will be sharing all the secrets to my success. I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I’m not rich and my companies haven’t made Fortune 500; my “office” used to be a dining room. …read more

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