Most writers I know, regardless of how many books they’ve written or how many awards they’ve garnered, will admit to feelings of inadequacy and apprehension when they face that dreaded “blank page” at the beginning of their new story.

That “blank page” – that scary beginning, is a challenge for all of us at different milestones in our lives: the beginning of a marriage, parenthood, a new job, and of course, the new school year, which our children are embarking on this month.

This is one of the slides I use in my school presentations on “Linking Literature to Life,” to show that life’s milestones/beginnings always involve crossing the threshhold from the known to the unknown, and if we can focus on the goodness we have known thus far, then we can trust we will find that goodness again in our next “beginning.”