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About Melissa Ellen Penn
As a Veteran of 15 NaNoWriMo Events - and a winner in 16 of them (OK, one of my manuscripts floated downstream in the 2013 Boulder Flood) I can safely state I can write under pressure! You can find out all about this event at: https://nanowrimo.org/participants/wholygirl
I am re-starting my blog: The Etheric Pulpit - a rant about whatever catches my eye, and you can find it at www.melissaellenpenn.com
Some say that I'm a whore for words - in that I write for money. No matter. But take heed - as the motto on my sweatshirt says: "Careful or you'll wind up in my novel!" This lovely sentiment was provided by one of my classmates when I attended the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality. NO... this isn't an indoctrination camp for non-darwinists, but rather the school of Fr. Matthew Fox of "Original Blessing" fame. (www.matthewfox.org)
The school was set at Holy Names College - an idyllic set of buildings nestled among the Oakland Hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The school was originally a girl's college, to keep young Catholic girls chaste, and prepared for a life as doormats for G*d. However, needs must, and the school had to expand to meet its ever-growing expenses. They had to let the riffraff in, namely the students of ICCS.
The nuns never missed an opportunity to fling their unhappiness at us: wanton, liberal, adults beyond their control. If there was a petty, ridiculous way to make our day miserable they took every opportunity to seize it!
Needless to say their behavior wore out any redemption they had to offer by the year's end, and after my graduation I wrote: The Fox's Tale. It was set at Holy Terrors College, where among the ivy-clad walls, and hallowed halls I murdered off each and every one of those nuns in graphic detail. Very therapeutic I must say! I sent off the manuscript to my fellow inmates, errrr ... ummm, graduate students, and one of them sent a sweatshirt with the aforementioned quote.
My essay in Everyday Joy is called "Joyful Bounding" and is about my spiritual communion with rabbits - with whom I hold a great affection. I am currently writing a novel set in 7th Century North Africa, and a nonfiction book on ethics.
If you are reading this, I thank you for your interest. Read On !!
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And we are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating gratitude: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you and give appreciation.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—gratitude!
Contributors include Martin Salama, Holly R. Fitzpatrick, Rich Liotta, Crystal Rector, LaVerne M. Byrd, Katherine Cobb, Carol Brusegar, Irena Kay, Rick Binder, Rebecca Brown, Patti Smith, Jen DG, Linda Bittle, Shona Battersby, Ruth McGarry, Uranchimeg (Urna) Belanger, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Kerri McManus, and Asha Khalil.
Also Judi G. Reid, Gwyn Goodrow, Joe Raab, Veronica Hollingsworth, Nikki Brown, Anne M. Skinner, Susan P. Sloan, Daphne Bach Greer, Fiona-Louise, Grace Kusta Nasralla, Merwyn Evans, Lisa S. Campbell, Dr. Ola B. Madsen, Carol Trant Dean, Connie Ragen Green, and Heidi Miller-Ford.
Also Marcelle della Faille, Carol Stockall, Michelle Francik, Michelle Barrial, Mary Anne Strange, Paula S. Webb, Norma Bonner Elmore, Ruben J. Rocha, Linda Faulk, Leasha West, Maxiann Forbes, Shari-Jayne Boda, Ellen Watts, Diana Bianchi, and Lorrie M. Nixon.
Also Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash, Carol Caffey, Barbara Watson, Nancy J. Haberstich, Mary Duggan, Rachel A. Kowalski, Joel Bloom, Carla Parvin, LC Plaunt, Steve Sponseller, Diane Kurzava, Holly Pitas, Corynne Stickley, Tara Kachaturoff, Mary Choo, Letitia Hicks, Karen Hannon, Susan Hayes, Debbie Bolton, Metka Lebar, Rocky Henriques, Donna Mogan, Bonita Bandaries, and Maria E Davis.
Also Gregory Hoffmaster, La Wanna G. Parker, Alberta Fredricksen, Dawn Rafferty, Margy Lang, Robyn MacKillop, Audrey Berry, Caroline Ravelo, Brenda Lanigan, Taeko Hayatsu, Clay Morgan, Ingrid Cook, Peggy Lee Hanson, Donna Burgher, LuWanda Ford, Tonia Sample, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Kit Rosato, and Cherry-Ann Carew.
Also Adrienne Dupree, Anne Domagala, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Ruth Strebe, Katie De Souza, Gabby De Souza, Suzanne Cousins, Melissa Ellen Penn, J. Russell Burck, Louise Lavergne, and Katrina Oko-Odoi.
together to submit essays on a particular theme. In a weekend.
The everyday joys described include the subjects of children, pets, nature, travel and, in one
These authors are examples of everyday joy, too. And so are our readers.
Now we share with you the results of that weekend: the inspirational essays, narratives and
insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to be a more joyful being.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—everyday joy!
EVERYDAY JOY contributors include:
Diane Kurzava, Holly Fitzpatrick, Norma Bonner Elmore, Michael E. Bourland, Terri Stovall, Marcelle della Faille, Lindy Schneider, Heidi MillerFord, Paula S Webb, Susie Jumper, Megan SaintMarie, Melissa Ellen Penn, Nicki Steinberger, Michelle Barrial, Angie Mangino, Michell Pulliam, Daphne Bach Greer, Rev. Christopher L. Smith, and Suzanne Alba.
Also, Shona Battersby, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Leasha West, Ayesha Hilton, Dr. Marilyn Joyce, Ruth McGarry, Graham Wade, Gwyn Goodrow, Kimberly Schramm, David A. Chaumette, Cheryl Major, Sheri Graubert, Cody Wooten, Karen Hannon, Florence R. De Silva, Joyce Blue, Veronica Hollingsworth, Tracy Glass, Judy Morton, Lori R. Winslow, Teresa Miller, Konstantine Kundanis, Sarah-Jane Watson, Debbie Bolton, Gloria HowardSmith, and Andy Anderson.
Also, Judi G. Reid, Jen DG, Margy Lang, Rich Liotta, Kit Rosato, Ruben J. Rocha, Brittany N. Smith, Larisa Sharipova, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Linda Faulk, LaVerne M. Byrd, Rebecca Brown, Dan Klatt, Shari-Jayne Boda, Michelle Francik, Bonnie Ebsen Jackson, Susan Shatzer, Connie Ragen Green, Lee Startegies, and LuWanda Ford.
Also, Gregory Paul Hoffmaster, Bill McCarthy, Frances O. Thomas, Asha Khalil, Moira Shepard, Alana Mander, Steve Sponseller, Tara Myers, Nicholas Yakima, Courtney Berry, Robyn MacKillop, Nancy J. Haberstich, Donna Burgher, Sally White, Fiona Louise, Katie Weiser, Martin Salama, S. Newman and Michelle Denier.
Also, Mary Anne Strange, Adrienne Dupree, Trina M. Bailey, Kristi Dement, Anne M. Skinner, JoAn Richardson, Helen Leighton Phelps, Lorrie M. Nixon, Tanya McGill Freeman, Jeanine Byers, Elandra Kirsten Meredith, Katie De Souza, Rev J Russell Burck, and Shanley Weston.
PAWSOME FRIENDS describes some of the most precious relationships we have in life—those with our pets.
We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The pieces range from the hilarious to the poignant. If you have loved a pet, you're sure to love this book.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—our pets!
Contributing authors include Gregory Paul Hoffmaster, Teresa A. Castleman, Jewelle Colwell Boldt, Patti Bakewell, Bridget McQueen, Diana Bianchi, Joy Harris, Rich Liotta, Ph.D., Donna Burgher, Darlene Frank, Beth Munro, Mary Alice Long and Nancy J. Haberstich.
Also Tina Nies, Teresa Christian, Barbara A. Johnson, Robyn MacKillop, Don Wall, Dona C. Murphy, Lauren A. Ebbecke, Kathryn Jingling, Chineme Noke, Holly Pitas, Mary Choo, Susan J Walklate, Sarah-Jane Watson, Carol Anne Cooper, Laura Ostrem, Nikki Brown, Donna L Martin, Morgine Jurdan, Lorrie M. Nixon, Maria Falcon, Crystal Rector, Ron Forte, Dragana Dj. Jeremic, John Goodrow, Joe Raab, Elicia Jenson, Angela Boothroyd, Lizbeth Thomas, Mari Kennedy, and Georgia R. Day.
Also Susan Shatzer, Carol Stockall MD, Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff, Marti L. Berger, Roseanney Liu, Margy Lang, Dr. Robert Roper, Anne Elizabeth Perez, Pamela James, Michael E. Bourland, Jerri Shankler, Michelle Barrial, Dawn Eileen Field, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Desiree Wright, Sheryl Ann Wilson, Daphne Bach Greer, LC Plaunt, Diane Kurzava, Dixie L. Thompson, Thom Thomas, Heidi Miller-Ford, Alma B. Apostol, Karen Leeds, Delia Messing, Ruth McGarry, Shari-Jayne Boda, Lori R Winslow, Melanie G Robinson, Tammy Ennis, Leasha West, Mary Linda Bittle, Tracy Delegarde, Shona Battersby, Michelle D. Lee, Cindy Nolte, and Gwyn Goodrow.
Also Melissa Ellen Penn, Shirley J. Noah, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, P. Jean Rogers, Debbie Bolton, Mary Anne Strange, Asha Khalil, Lori Sweet, Pam Murphy, Sergey Skudaev, Marie A. Levy, Kristine G. Bottone, Barbara Cole, Ph.D., Audrey Humaciu, Geneva L. Carter, Yvonne B Garris, Sharon G. Teed, Shari J Goodwin, Carma Spence, Paula S Webb, Beth Adkins, Cheryl A Major, Melody Heath-Smith, SJ. Clarke, Racquel Dawn, Pat Moore, Danielle Guerin, Michelle Francik, Eileen Joyce Donovan, Holly R Fitzpatrick, Connie Ragen Green, Peggy Lee Hanson, Heather Ritchie, Krystina Kellingley, Faithe F Thomas, Cal A Penn, Angela I. Schutz, Gina-Dianne Harding, Stefanie Jolicoeur, Patti May, Katie De Souza, and Ellen Watts.
That was the prompt for this edition of The Community Book Project. A group of 100+ contributing authors answered this question in 200 words or less. Their entries are gathered here. This book includes stories about living out loud (and on your own). There are tales of friends and flags and even one about online dating.
Take them in and think about this question, too: What does independence mean to you?
Thank you to our contributing authors, listed below:
Paula S. Webb
Ruben J. Rocha
Carol Anne Cooper
Marcelle della Faille
John A. Williams
Cody Dakota Wooten
Donna L. Martin
Jason Wright Downs
Connie Ragen Green
Harold K. Thompkins
Marie A. Levy
Melissa Ellen Penn
Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff
Irena Kay, MD
Christine L. Cunningham
Holly R. Fitzpatrick
Angela I Schutz
Lorrie M. Nixon
Carol Stockall MD
Lori R. Winslow
Dixie L. Thompson
Michael Bimbo Ojelabi
Warren L. Henderson, Jr.
Cheryl A Major
Norma Bonner Elmore
Daphne Bach Greer
Susan J Walklate
Judi G. Reid
Shirley J. Noah
Melanie G. Robinson
Sharon G Teed
Eszter Molnar Mills
Nancy Lee Bentley
Charlisa E. Delancy
Melisse L Campbell
Joanna Lynn Faulk
Peggy Lee Hanson
Phillip D. Woolfolk
Katie De Souza
Mary Alice Long
Michael E. Bourland
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We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you that's ready for love from you.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—what we love!
Danielle Guerin; Nancy Moorhouse; Susan Shatzer; Holly R Fitzpatrick; Connie Ragen Green; Nicole Bissett; Katie De Souza; Cody Dakota Wooten; Martin Salama; Lori Sweet; Dr. Irena Kay; Diane Kurzava; Kim Forthofer; LaVerne M. Byrd; Michelle Francik; Marcelle della Faille; Jen DG; Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff; Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash; Chineme Noke; Paula S Webb; Carol Stockall; Cheryl A Major; Lorrie M. Nixon; Carma Spence; Sylvio Roy; Carol Brusegar; Ruben J. Rocha; Heidi Miller-Ford; Asha Khalil; Warren L. Henderson; LC Plaunt; Margy Lang; Alberta Fredricksen; Shona Battersby; Crystal Rector; Mary Anne Strange; Bill McCarthy; Stewart Forthofer; Pamela James; Julaina Kleist-Corwin; Taeko Hayatsu; Colin Bird; Melissa Ellen Penn; Robyn Campbell; Patti Smith; Joyce Blue; Melanie Day; Merwyn Evans; Shirley J. Noah; Diana Bianchi; Ruth McGarry; Roberta Gold; Barbara Cole; LuWanda Ford; Robyn MacKillop; Fiona-Louise; Norma Bonner Elmore; Kerri McManus; Sharon G. Teed; Suzy Taylor Oakley; Judi G. Reid; Mary Choo; Francis Heran; Metka Lebar; Mike Myers; Gwyn Goodrow; Daphne Bach Greer; Joe Raab; Nikki Brown; Donna M. Mogan; Dixie L. Thompson; Sergey Skudaev; Holly Pitas; Rebecca Brown; Letitia Hicks; Patrice Porter; Lori R Winslow; Karen Hannon; Barbara Watson; Carol Caffey; Donna Burgher; Nancy Haberstich; Dona C. Murphy; Tina Nies; Susan J Walklate; Beth Munro; Debbie Bolton; Joy Harris; Michelle Denier; Angela Boothroyd; Leasha West; Renee A. Moses; Gregory Paul Hoffmaster; Melinda J. Kelly; Benjamin M. Boyle; Suzanne S. Farmer; Corinne McKeown; Michael E. Bourland; Nancy Haberstich; Anitra S. White; Dawn Eileen; Megan Saint-Marie; Nancy Haberstich; Diane L. Haworth; Michelle Barrial; Nicole Toomey Davis; Ginger Wellspring; Peggy S. Lynn; Agata Szkiela; Maria Falcon; Tonia Sample; Ruth Strebe; Jewelle Colwell Boldt; Marius Bill; Danielle Guerin.