When in the Ozarks… It’s All Relative

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Here in the Ozarks we’re blessed. Ours is a slower-paced way of life, though, that doesn’t mean we’re entirely immune to busyness. We simply approach it a little differently, and perhaps, on our own terms. Say, after three cups of coffee and a  morning chat with Neighbor Nelly or Preacher Bill. Some folks resist change and cling to old ways and …

In Celebration of Mothers

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Recently, a memory surfaced as I watched a little girl tug her mother’s hand. Nothing out of the ordinary, really, but something about the bond between mother and daughter moved me. Blue eyes, bright with adoration, lingered on Mom. Mom laughed and the pair shared a knowing look—one of those silent, happy exchanges between parent and child. A love language uniquely …

Our Friends… For a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

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Friends. The word makes me smile. Besides family, friends are life’s greatest blessings. Sometimes, friendships are borne out of mutual circumstance—for a reason. Sometimes, friendships are brief, but no less meaningful, and last for a season. Still, other friendships—those that begin as tiny, fragile seeds only to burst forth in full bloom—hijack our hearts for a lifetime. Whether they exist for a reason, a …

The Stories That Move Us

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Last week I met a friend for lunch. We talked writing, stories, and ordinary life. That’s the great thing about friendship. We can bounce around all over the map and our friends still “get us.” Take Julia, for instance. Julia’s a fun soul. God’s girl and a deep thinker, she rattles my comfort zones. As in—challenges me to step beyond …

The Perfect Imperfection of a Writer’s World

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  You might think because I write Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction my story worlds are a delightful Sunday-Go-to-Meeting escape. Well, I can’t fib. That’s somewhat true…to a point. However— As a conscientious writer whose goal is to share a great story, I strive to balance the delightful with reality-based conflict in a heartfelt, homespun way. Today’s readers want meat-and-potatoes stories that resonate. …

What the 2017 Oscars Taught Us About Grace (Yes, Really)

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First, let me just say this is not a politically driven post. There. Now that we have that out of the way, we can all relax. *deep breath* For those who didn’t watch the 2017 Oscar debacle unfold, no doubt you heard about it. Of course, I’m talking about the evening’s epic fail—the Best Picture mix-up. Or, more specifically, the right Oscar …

Writing, Winter, and Ice… OH, MY!

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Well, for those who are wondering— What they say about the Ozarks is true. If you’re tired of the weather one day, stick around. Weather here changes on a dime. For instance, on Wednesday my car registered seventy-two degrees. Yesterday? Not even half that. And today… Today it seems we are in for a get-your-blood-pumping-and-slip-on-your-long johns kind of day. In …

Thank You, Veterans (and Hard Truths)

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While our nation is on the cusp of change, today I wanted to take a few minutes to thank our veterans for their service to our country. I salute you! I appreciate your time. Your service. Your sacrifice. Your loyalty to a nation whose freedoms we often taken for granted. As history rewrites itself, above all, we must remember those …

The Day After the 2016 Presidential Election

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I rarely speak about my political beliefs. At the end of the day, it’s not about me, my party affiliation, or who won or who didn’t win the presidential election. And for the record: No, I’m not a fence-sitter, a wimp, or a lukewarm patriot. Who am I? A believer (Romans 10:9-10) A victor (1 Cor 15:57) A truth-seeker (John 4:24) …

Rise Above the Pettiness

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A few years ago I told you about Jody.* Jody was a sweet girl. She had beautiful blue eyes, a kind smile, and a warm heart. She liked sugar cookies and the color green. We weren’t particularly close friends, though we often shared the same lunch table. One day, just as I set my tray down, another classmate tapped me …