Category Archives: blessings

Guest: Kristen Lamb

Kristen and I have been Facebook Friends for years and yet wires crossed. I have been trying to get her in for an interview for some time, but once we made contact, it worked. BOY, did it work! Kristen could … Continue reading

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If the Boot Fits…

This week we have been re-imagining fairy tales. Most of the fairy-tale known widely in America are originally German, because of the Grimm Brothers, who traveled throughout their part of Europe collecting, and then publishing, folk stories. There are many … Continue reading

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Heeeere, Shippy, Shippy, Shippy!

This week:  If, suddenly, after all your years of writing, your “ship” finally came in and your titles were receiving wide acclaim (and sales… and INCOME), what would you like to do with that “positioning” to help aspiring writers? That’s … Continue reading

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Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman

Since the first time I saw it on TV as a teenager, one of my favorite movies has been “Inn of the Sixth-Happiness”, with Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jürgens and Robert Donat.  I bought a VHS tape of it when as … Continue reading

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New Normal Hasn’t Set In Yet

So here I am, in quarantine most of the time, but still busier than I expected, even though it is now just The Husband and me at home. Phone calls and texts; Son #2 in and out of the hospital, … Continue reading

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My New Normal

Usually, I’d use my free week to share the books I’ve read during the month. But this month I’m going to change things up a bit. One reason is that I haven’t read much. Since the end of February, I’ve … Continue reading

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A Little Big Anticipation, With A Big Little Dread

What are we looking forward to this year and what do we dread? The year is young, but TODAY is about BOTH! No other real plans this year, except for in a couple of weeks, but that is tied into … Continue reading

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“Isn’t It a Wonder?”

“Free Week” again here and with it having been Christmas week, this year is anything  but free for me. Family members are spreading, and I feel the need to make Christmas happy as long as I can for all of … Continue reading

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Watching the Milestones Fly By

“Looking five years down the road — to the middle of 2024 — tell us where you WISH your writing career would be. And then (if you’re able) tell us where you actually EXPECT it to be… unless those are … Continue reading

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Pessin’? Yessin’? Guessin’.

Do I consider myself a pessimist or an optimist? Oh, wow. I have been both. I am a worrier, I admit. I will imagine worst-case scenarios. The biggest problem I have is that in my life what can go wrong … Continue reading

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