All Things Work Together …

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Rarely have I seen a true silver lining on a cloud, but often I have heard that every cloud has one. John Milton is said to have coined the phrase in 1634. It has become a cliché encouragement to those in trying situations that

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Just Because Something Is Good Doesn’t Mean It’s Easy
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer “It’s a difficult journey, to be sure,” my friend said. “But a good one.” She was right. She has been on the journey with me for several years and understands the dark places and sudden drop-offs. The unexpected bends or endless monotony. The oh

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Don’t Let the Rigors of Rejection Turn to Rigor Mortis
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Rejection. We all know what it tastes like—bitter, regardless of how well-preserved our self-esteem. As a child, I often played the piano for school talent shows, winning awards in some and going unnoticed in others. On those losing occasions, my mother would say, “You

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Say What?
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Conversation hearts – fun, right? How do I love thee? Let me count the misaligned ways that I can’t even read. These colorful little confectioneries exemplify what has happened to a once tender expression of affection and remind me why I’m not a fan

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The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Writing a scene for a soon-to-release Western romance, I came face to face with my heroine’s memories of her mother’s favorite saying that “all things work together for good.” She was having trouble believing what her mother had taught. Bad things had happened

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