Julie Luek

I am a freelance writer, published in regional and national magazines, living in Colorado and enjoying all the mountains have to offer. When not writing, I might be found on the lake with my kayak, on my bike, taking a hike, or cross-country skiing, or possibly with my weimaraner, Blue. I am a  contributor to She Writes and am published in Chicken Soup For The Soul.

Building A Platform Without Personal Pain

As writers, we are all encouraged to develop a platform—an online presence to help us market our work. But there can be a dark side to platform building that the experts rarely address....more

Gratitude

 When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. --Gilbert K. Chesterson ...more

40-Days Of Contemplation and A Give-Away!

Many people don't realize my husband was a minister for over 20 years. That's right-- a church minister. During that time, he served in two independent congregations as the senior pastor....more

The Notepads: Spontaneous Notes of Intimacy Within A Family

If you look at the area by the phone in our kitchen, I’m embarrassed to admit you will usually find a disorganized mess of pens, miscellaneous mail, postage stamps, scissors, a glue stick and several notepads....more

Me and My Non-Smart Phone (The Day I Realized that I'm a Fuddy-Duddy)

My kids swear that we are the last people on earth to not have a data plan with our phone service. They might be right too. Having just a regular cell phone—texting option only—is such a rarity that when I recently tried to replace my old phone, the Pink Dinosaur, as my daughter called it, I couldn’t. AT&T offered only one model of phone without data plans. I call it extortion, a phone company’s empire forcing me to comply with their money-making scheme. My kids call it keeping up with the times. ...more
Ginny Marie Pecked2DeathByChckns Oh my goodness, completely forgot about those. I never owned a ...more

Shut Up And Just Say Thank You

To quote an over-quoted Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”  ...more
Thanks for the share. Learning to receive in gracious humility was a hard lesson I'm hoping to ...more

Mountains From The Window View

I love to take photographs. Pictures inspire my imagination and refresh my soul. A camera allows me see with my heart, not just my eyes. I took these pictures from inside the car as we traveled on Saturday. Snapping pictures from a moving vehicle is always a challenge, but I like how the view from the lens centers my focus....more

50, Fit and Fabulous: Week Four

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