Life’s too complicated for easy answers.
It’s too precious for oversimplified shouting matches. And it’s much too interesting for all the dull drivel we listen to day after day. Starting right now, let’s embrace the complexity of all that’s around us. Let’s cherish every precious minute we’re alive.
Let’s chase wonder like our life depends on it.
I’m Charity Singleton Craig, an author, essayist, novelist, journalist, or more simply … a writer. In essays, articles, novels, and books, I chase wonder through stories of faith, hope, and love.
I’m so glad you’ve dropped by. Even though this is a website about me and my work, it’s designed with you in mind. I hope you find the encouragement and inspiration you’re looking for.
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“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
~ EB White
The Art of the Essay: From Ordinary Life to Extraordinary Words
What kind of writer are you?
This is the question Charity Singleton Craig asks as she opens you to a journey of discovery about the art of essay writing that explores both practical and reason-for-writing concerns.
From a near hummingbird disaster to a secret foray into hilarity, you’ll find yourself inspired alongside the author— to reimagine the simple stuff of your life as a starting point for thoughtful, sometimes amusing, always voice-infused writing that’s your very own … as well as being a true gift to the world.
A great title for personal writing journeys, classrooms, and writers groups.
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
~ William Butler Yeats
Poetry and Prose on the Prairie
A Nature Journal of Prophetstown State Park
What about this land made it so enticing for so many
willing to fight for it?
At the confluence of the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers, Prophetstown certainly offered access to waterways. But it also boasted a diverse landscape of edible and medicinal plants, as well as the birds and animals that found their habitat there. The rich soil also proved fertile for planting crops, and when the prairie plants dried up, creating a thick, tangled mat, fire (either from lightning or from controlled burns) released nutrients into the soil and controlled the landscape for hunting.
The land and its ecosystem are different now, after decades of mechanical farming, tile draining, and receding rivers. But the land is also the same, with a more complicated story now. Mostly, the land continues to produce good things for the world, good things you can see for yourself when you come. Let Poetry and Prose on the Prairie be your guide.
“Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.”
~ John O’Donohue
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As I See It …
“If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.” ~ Wendell Berry
Life is good here in the Hoosier State. We take pleasure in simple things. We look out for our neighbors. We wave when we pass strangers on the road. The seasons change, the weather stays unpredictable, and we find beauty, grace, and wonder in it all.
Join me over on Instagram for a pictorial journal of my writing life here in the Midwest.
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”
~ Neil Armstrong
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Visit my Books page to see all the books I’ve written and contributed to over the years. And check back frequently for my latest offerings.
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