Gram’s got Bitmoji


What do I write about? I hear this question a lot as a teacher. In fact I ask myself the same question when I sit down to meet a weekly deadline. Actually, I begin asking that question soon after I send my column to my editor.

Once you realize that anything you set out to write begins by thinking about it first, it’s a lot easier. So, what do you write about? I don’t know. That is a question that you have to answer yourself. I can tell you this. If you write for someone else, a teacher, an editor, a friend, it’s not going to be authentic. Just write for you. Sound like yourself. Be yourself. Follow your gut. And then begin the process of gathering data, and trust me, you’ll begin to see how the whole writing process truly works a lot more effectively that way.

I’ve written hundreds of weekly stories. Here’s an example of a recent essay inspired by my grandsons, Collin and Robert, who have taught me about this fun thing, you’ve probably heard about it, Bitmoji — a new app.

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Finding Beauty and Family in an Ecuadorian Excursion

South American produce

Traveling is a blast. I love meeting new people, seeing new places and learning about new customs. Using Place in your writing as a touchstone, and it can be any place at all, is a wonderful way to focus on a theme. That place can be in your own backyard or halfway around the world. Here’s an essay I wrote after spending a few days traveling through the rugged Andes and wild Amazon on the back of a V-Strom adventure motorcycle! Click to read more.


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