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Anne Clinard Barnhill is a writer, seeker, explorer, teacher, wife, mother and grandmother. Her novels include At The Mercy of the Queen and Queen Elizabeth's Daughter, released in 2014 from St. Martin's Press. Previous books include a memoir, At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister and Me (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007), a short story collection, What You Long For (Main Street Rag, 2009), and a poetry chapbook, COAL, BABY (Finishing Line Press).

Ms. Barnhill has taught both high school and college, as well as classes for adults. She currently teaches writing workshops and creativity workshops about freeing the artist within. She holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington and loves to play piano, sing and dance.

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Finding Daily Moments of Joy

Life is about the journey, not the destination. If you believe this deeply, in the marrow of your spirit, you will treasure each day and take ownership of your time. This means that every day should hold moments of joy and hope for you; your job is to figure out how to usher such moments into your life on a daily basis. For me, this means writing in my journal as a gentle way to enter the day. I go into my study, cup of tea in hand, pick up pencil and notebook. Usually, both have been selected with care.…

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