Category Archives: Life

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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LISTen, Remind Me…

“What is something for which you constantly need reminding? ” That never used to be a problem for me. Oh, I could go on about memory in general, but I will try to make it brief. I was the one … Continue reading

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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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Subleties

I have always been aware of how a simple gift can lift a spirit, how a kind remark or compliment can make a day, or even be remembered for years by the recipient. I also know that a mean action … Continue reading

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Abundant Advice for Aspiring Authors

This week: What advice would you give to an aspiring author? I actually have a list. There have been many who talk to me about writing. I also have had many young writers around or in touch with me, so … Continue reading

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Guest: Author/Psychologist Mary Kennedy

Once again, I find myself Facebook Friends with a writer who is also a psychologist. (Perhaps I should ask them what this means?) Mary Kennedy is a prolific writer with over fifty published works. She blogs with our friend Duffy … Continue reading

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Get Ready For Spring

“What do you do to welcome/get ready for spring?” Like for everyone else, things are a bit different this year, due to the novel Covid virus. But here is what hasn’t changed. I’m cleaning out closets, getting rid of clothes … Continue reading

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Spring Forward

Our topic for this week is “What do you do to welcome/get ready for spring?” Normally, spring is full of activities for me and the people in my life. My calendar is usually filled with two or three events each … 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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Guest: Donna Feyen, “More Than a Review”

We write here at 4F, 1 H. We have in guest authors talking about writing their books, so after some years, I thought I would turn the tables and bring in someone who reviews books all the time. Please welcome … Continue reading

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