WINGSPREAD E-zine for February, 2016

“Spreading your wings” in a confusing world
James Hurd               February, 2016


  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • Newest blog article: Once Again to Colombia
  • Writer’s Corner: Word of the month: alliteration
  • Book and Film reviews
  • Favorite quotes

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New blog article: Once Again to Colombia

It’s spring, 2011, and I’ve just agreed to join a team to help construct a medical clinic in Colombia. What am I thinking? I’ve got everything I need for this trip—except passion, skill and strength! I’m feeling exhausted—I even made a cardiology appointment. And yet in a way I can’t explain, I feel called. I guess callings are cruciform, but strange, and they sometimes go against common sense…. Read more here:

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Writer’s Corner
Term of the Week:   Alliteration
The placement near each other of words that have similar sounds. Example: “wind-wrinkled waves.”

Book reviews
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude. Shambala Press. 1993. I’ve used this book for years, with my biblical readings. Thomas Merton was a Trappist Monk and a writer. Very short chapters. Packed with wisdom gained through prayer and reflection.

William Zissner, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Collins. 2006. The best single book I’ve read on writing. Zissner discusses simplicity, lead and ending, memoir, style, and much more. He will encourage you to write.                                                                 

Favorite quotes

♫   It’s hard to let your teenager find herself; especially when she doesn’t even seem to be looking.    Charles Swindoll

♫   Life is like a game of tennis. The player who serves well seldom loses.    Anonymous

♫   You should always go to your friend’s funerals. Otherwise they might not come to yours.   Yogi Berra

♫   I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but now I see I should have been more specific. Lily Tomlin

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