About Sarah Hannan

Sarah Richards is thirty-four years old, and lives in Pensacola, Florida, with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Sarah (under the surname Hannan) is a member of the local writers’ group, WriteOn! Pensacola, and writes on an as-needed, volunteer basis for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Sarah won “Honorable Mention” in the Saturday Evening Post’s “Great American Short Story Contest”, and was published in the 2016 anthology. Sarah is currently a student of Pensacola State College, pursuing her dream of working in a cold hospital rather than a hot kitchen. You can follow Sarah and her work at @SarahLeaSales on Twitter.

A Family Circle of Life Lessons

From his father, he learned how to work outside the home— the soft skills of negotiation, of the sport of friendly competition, of working as part of a team, and of being a leader, for he followed the great ones. But most of all, he learned how to treat [...]

By |2016-12-03T22:37:23-05:00December 3rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Empowered|Tags: |

Positively Charged

“There are eight hundred happy texts…(a)nd do you know, my father said that if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must have wanted us to do it.” --Hayley Mills as “Pollyanna” (1960)   Positivity may not always change the outcome, [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:25:11-05:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Positive, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |

Patience is a Hannah, Hannah is a Grace

“Charity suffereth long…” (1 Corinthians 13) Patience is letting you stop to smell the gardenias, to feel the grassy-sweet summer rain on your way in from a barefoot walk in the park, footfalls muted by the sounds of the twilight bark.*   Patience is taking the time for time-outs when [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:50-05:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |

The Abundant Life, in Theory  

 “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” - Stephen Hawking Be well physically, by challenging your body’s abilities, heightening quality longevity and lowering disease probability. Be well psychologically, balancing levity with gravity, and knowing that negativity rarely breeds positivity. Be well emotionally, for life’s not just about productivity, [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:07-05:00August 29th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Healthy|Tags: , , |

To my only child

Be a good sister, and know that you may not always be the only child in our universe. Know that we’re your earth— providing sustainability and stability, until you take off for worlds unknown, light years removed from the ones we knew when we were your age.   Always remember [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:09-05:00August 24th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be a Good Sibling|Tags: , , , , |

A Golden Compass

Let compassion be your compass, even as it was the passion of the Christ. When you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you will live not one life, but many; as we become reincarnated in ourselves, not just with defining moments, but redefining ones. For it’s when we lose ourselves in [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:13-05:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , , , |

Our Selves

We were created, not without form or void, but fearfully and wonderfully made. When two of our worlds cross paths— be they church or work, work or home— the inhabitants of each should recognize us as being the person they know. Be the genuine article that comes with a certificate [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:15-05:00August 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |

A Father’s Blessing

It wasn’t till she was grown that she knew her daddy’s standard wasn’t unfair, but as high as he thought of her. He’d taught her to measure action against consequence; he’d held her accountable till she could hold herself, so that someone else, who did not love her, wouldn’t have [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:21-05:00August 5th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Accountable, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |

The Passion Fruits of Life

When you work, have passion for what you do,for they will see that you chose for they will see that you chose to pursue that which you loved. When you see their mother, show affection, because that’s part of being a husband, of being a man.   When you teach [...]