What does it mean to live a life full of more blessings than challenges? What if your life was not defined by one extraordinary event or some stroke of tragedy you survived but by the culmination of all your mundane decisions to make a living, a home, a family, and to care for the people and land that made you who you are. And what if these decisions sparkled with the same transforming flames that the greatest hero must walk through to reach sacred ground? Margaret Renkl, opinion columnist for The New York Times, and Mary Laura Philpott, editor of Musings and co-host of A Word on Words for Nashville Public Television, have each published memoir collections of essays. These critically-acclaimed books took shape at each other’s kitchen table in their monthly writers’ group meetings. These friends and writers will discuss how it’s possible to write for fifteen minutes a day in the midst of a busy career with kids at home about the topics with which we all deal but are sometimes too anxious, too polite or too busy to really face.