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When Writers Grow Up

As a child, I remember being a rather philosophical thinker. I thought about deep things. What made the sky blue? How did roosters know when it was time to crow? Were there really pots of gold beneath rainbows? Why were some folks wealthy and others poor? I pondered the more simple quandaries, too. How come the Avon lady only visited our home during lunchtime? Would I really reach China if I dug deep enough? Why did “Miss Louise” insist on bringing the same thing to our church dinners? Didn’t she know that little kids hated salmon patties? And didn’t she realize that taking three pieces of my mama’s fried chicken were two pieces too many? When adolescence found me, my head almost hurt from so many churning thoughts. My mind raced with newfound knowledge. I knew everything about everything, and I knew everything about everyone. I knew that some adults were not as smart as they claimed to be. Ahh… And then teen angst arrived and wrapped me in her ill-fitting coat
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When Writers Grow Up

Warm Fuzzy Wednesday

Are you as weary with the day-to-day news events as I am? Goodness gracious me, it's enough to drive me to my coffee pot. Thank heaven for this good, ol' Ozarks' heat and humidity otherwise the caffeine might just send me over the edge. Today I'll just stick with my iced tea and chocolate. Cheers! *clink* Over the next few weeks, you may notice my blog posts posting later. No worries! It's not your e-mail delivery service or a snafu with your feed. It's me. I know. But honesty is the best policy. :) For the past several months, I've been in a season of busyness. Between preparing baby bird for her college take-off, conference prep, and caregiving, blogging has taken a back seat for a time. Thank you, thank you for the love and prayers sent my way. I feel them! Now... Let's get cooking! (BTW with temps  reaching 100 degrees plus in much of the Midwest just now, we're well on our way.) Here's your
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Warm Fuzzy Wednesday

ACFW Conference Prep

Today, we're approximately five and a half weeks out from the annual American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference. I'm excited! While there have been some highs and lows this summer, I'm so grateful for God's watchcare and provision. As always, I'm reminded of blessings I sometimes take for granted. Like for instance---reliable transportation, a comfortable home, good health, and a wonderful family. Although we're in busy mode at our house just now, there's much to give thanks for. While some of the crazy busyness is out of my control, I still have options in other areas. I'm eliminating part of the stress by first doing the things that require additional time. ACFW conference prep is front-and-center on my agenda just now. I'm preparing one-sheets of the novels I'm pitching   I'm highlighting specific areas of my conference schedule   I've downloaded the ACFW conference app to my smartphone   I'm connecting with friends I want to hook-up with at conference   I've made a suitcase
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ACFW Conference Prep

And the Countdown Is On!

Oh, my goodness. The days are rushing by at warp speed. Thanks so much for extending grace as I've stepped back from blogging for a time. Update My father continues to recover from his tumble a few weeks ago, though it's been an odyssey. After Daddy's fall, he spent several days in the neuro trauma ICU. The last few weeks, he's recuperated in a rehab facility, where's he undergone intensive physical therapy. Many of those days, I've trekked back and forth to spend time with my father, as have other family members. Combine that with readying our youngest for college and me preparing for the upcoming ACFW conference and you have one tired gal. Whew. To be honest---I'm exhausted. But... I'm in get 'er done mode as the countdown is on! If everything goes according to plan, my daddy's set to go home this week. (Praise!) In about four weeks we take baby bird to college. Eleven days after that, I head to Nashville for conference. There's
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And the Countdown Is On!

The Reason (Book Review and Giveaway)

As you know, I rarely review books on the blog with the exception of those that particularly move me. Because of that, today I'm excited to share thoughts about The Reason, a début novel by author William Sirls. First, let me say this is a story you'll be inclined to rush through (a good thing), but don't. The Reason should be lingered over. Digested. And pondered again and again over a cup of black coffee, fully loaded. There are those stories that subtly beckon, and then there are those that grab us by the coat-tail and refuse to let go. Happily, The Reason is a novel that does both. What begins as an ordinary weather event becomes the catalyst in an extraordinary journey of faith, forgiveness, and freedom. As our story opens, it's obvious we're in for a ride. A thunderstorm goes from bad to worse as a mother and her young son seek refuge in the church Mom's cleaning. The reader is immediately drawn
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The Reason (Book Review and Giveaway)

Meet Cindy

A hopeless romantic, wife, mother, lover of the Ozarks, and passionate follower of Jesus. And that’s just for starters…
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