I have always been a writer.  For most of my life I haven’t written for people to read.  I put pen to paper because I was made in the image of a God who used words to call this world into existence, and He used words to call me to Himself.  Before I was formed in my mother’s womb He breathed into me a mind and heart for reading and writing.  Out of all the talents He could have given He chose a spirit that yearns to take twenty-six symbols and turn them over and over again into pages of what I’ve never considered an ordinary story.  Once in a while, when I would let them slip out into the universe, people told me what I wrote was a gift and asked me if I would please do it more.   I’m just now barely brave enough to put my name on it.




For Those Paying Attention. Thank You

For Those Paying Attention. Thank You“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”-Simone Weil It’s the quote I’ve been scratching on each new thank you note I’ve written since my latest brain shunt surgery not even three weeks ago. I’m sitting on the back patio watching the desert sun sink westward through a hedge of sagebrush, a lime tree […] Read more...

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"Start with the soul and perhaps the temporal gifts I want to exercise will have their chance; and if they do not, I have the best in my hands already, the only thing really needed.  God must be in all my work."  --Flannery O'Connor

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7 Comments on For Those Paying Attention. Thank You

  1. Robyn
    November 12, 2019 at 12:03 am (4 weeks ago)

    I read the whole thing. Promise. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  2. Lisa Janowiak
    November 12, 2019 at 8:22 am (4 weeks ago)

    Sweet Monica, I love your way with words! Please do not stop writing! You inspire and bless so many with your beautiful descriptions of life! Thank you!

  3. Caryn
    November 12, 2019 at 5:26 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I always read all your words—you are such a gifted communicator. ❤️
    Thought of you today when I saw the weather report, and thanked the Lord for his tender mercies in moving you West.

  4. Diane McElwain
    November 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Love you, Monica. We are keeping your family in our prayers.

  5. June
    November 12, 2019 at 9:02 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I’m guilty of not reading as much online as I used to because, well, spoons. But your words? I read. Every.one. I’m so glad you’re writing a book. May God give you the strength. He has already given you the words. Thankful for your healing and days without the raging pain. Courage, dearheart. He is with us. The battle is already won.

  6. Susan M Barone
    November 12, 2019 at 9:46 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I will pray for you as you heal and for your family as Delaney goes from HS to college. (Already?! lol) Yes, Ohio – yikes! I can’t imagine how the weather changes affected you. FMS and cold weather are at odds with each other. Dayton is hovering in the 20s after 60 degree temps on — I think it was — Sunday. Thankfully my physical therapist today told me my neck is doing well even though I woke with pangs and debated whether I needed a triptan or a muscle relaxer. I just wish that translated to mean: no headaches. I would love no headaches and no migraines. I’m so happy that you are in such a gorgeous place — that sunset! — and doing well, even as you heal after surgery. You are my favorite writer so please do not stop writing. The ones who can’t stick around will miss the blessing of you.

  7. Carol
    November 13, 2019 at 3:30 am (4 weeks ago)

    Your writing is beautiful. Please don’t ever stop. I read all the words. They are woven together in such a way that they are like a work of art. A gift the Lord has given you. And one that also helps others.


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