What is Creative Nonfiction?

Here at UMHB, I teach a class called Creative Writing: Prose. This upper-level course focuses on reading and writing the short story as well as creative nonfiction. Students are always familiar with the former genre but not necessarily so with the latter. Inevitably on the first day of class, some confusion surfaces about so-called “creative...
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Faith-Informed Discernment: Asking the Right Questions

disž•cern•žment [dih-surn-muhnt] – noun – the aptitude of showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding (Dictionary.com) quesž•tionž•ing [kwes-chuh-ning] – adjective – characterized by or indicating intellectual curiosity; inquiring (Dictionary.com) College-life has a way of demanding growth by exposing one’s true identity. Simply, it has a way of helping students get real. Students are challenged and...
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Relational Chaos = Love

Human relationships and personal interactions are a valued asset in our world. In any culture, throughout history, the institution of marriage has been a foundational assumption to the well-being of civilization. Pew Research recently indicated only 7% of 64-year-olds had never married. Yet, more folks under 35 say they will be single forever. Young men...
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Crusader Forever

If you’re a Mary Hardin-Baylor alumnus, join me on a trip down memory lane. Remember the fine education you received? Remember that one professor you admired and whom fueled your flame? Remember your involvement in campus activities and the camaraderie you shared with your fellow Crusaders? Remember how much you grew during that time? Those...
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Helping Those with Less Gain More

I enrolled in UMHB in January 1980 when I was 34 years old. I only needed two years to finish my college degree. I worked full time to support myself and took a full course load each semester. I didn’t have any time to participate. I worked, I studied and I attended classes – spring,...
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No Small Gift to God

“But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.” –Mark 12:42 NIV I love the story of the widow’s offering. She gave everything she had as an offering without pomp and circumstance. What was viewed as a small gift by many was no small gift to...
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Don’t Follow Your Passion

Do I have your attention? This advice is just the opposite of accepted wisdom. It’s curmudgeon stuff, but read on and you’ll understand. Talent is a Curse My lifelong observation confirms that natural-born talent increases your life’s struggles as often as not. Natural talent can be a curse that deludes you into believing your innate...
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