BEST of the Blog (Encouragement You Can Use)

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Down in the dumps? Off-kilter? Has the bad news left you breathless? Today if that’s you, no worries! We all need a pick-me-up from time to time. We need a safe place without all the noise. Well, I’m tickled you’re here. This is THE place without the excess racket. It’s just good, ol’ down home meat-and-potatoes, heartfelt, homespun encouragement. Welcome! …


When Fall Comes to the Ozarks

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Goodness gracious—how quickly seasons change! Though fall officially arrived about two weeks ago, her initial début wasn’t particularly noteworthy. It wasn’t until last weekend that I noticed a subtle shift in the air. Temperatures dropped, leaves started to change, and even the sunlight shone a little differently in the sky. Transformation. It’s finally begun. Here in the Ozarks, the hills …


What Inspires Your Summertime Muse?

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Here in the Ozarks we’ve hit a rainy patch. Usually by now we’re basking in sunshine and warmth, but this week it’s been rain, rain, rain—with more on the way. (It seems we have Tropical Storm Bill to thank, in part, for our drenching.) Not to seem ungrateful, but I wish we could share some of our moisture with our …


Your Mid-Week Pick-Me-Up

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Welcome, friend! Delighted you stopped by! Well, I don’t know about you, but we’re still in busy mode over our way. Last week, we celebrated a niece’s high school commencement, and this week we kicked things off with another graduation—that of our favorite eighth grader (different niece, same family). In addition to graduations, we’ve had end-of-school-year activities and other commitments. …


My Top 10 Encouraging Blog Posts

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Welcome, friend! It’s a great day in the Ozarks! I pray all is well over your way. (If the jury’s still out on that, stay with me.) Today we’re digging deep in the archives and pulling out some encouraging faves because, let’s face it, encouragement is something we can all use. As you know, my blog topics often include regional …


Like Country Cookin’? Try Billy Gail’s Cafe Near Branson, MO.

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Ever hanker for something different? Well, Billy Gail’s Cafe near Branson, Missouri is sure to fit that bill. Last weekend, we kick-started spring break by meandering down south a ways to this delightfully deelish cafe, owned by the lovely Gail Blong—widow to Billy who passed away in 2012. I came across this profile of the place in our wonderful Rural …


Today’s the Day! (My Newsletter Kick-Off)

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Woo-hoo! Today’s the day–I’m celebrating the kick-off of my first newsletter! Thank you, friend, for taking this journey with me! If you’ve subscribed, by now my (March 2015) newsletter should have reached your inbox. In my début venture, I shared something so poignant that the memory still lingers although the event happened decades ago. I also shared additional funsies and …

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Feeling Blah? Here’s Your 60 Second Recharge!

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Feeling blah? Bored? A little down-in-the-mouth? Well, you’ve come to the right place—it’s time for your daily grin and your 60 second recharge! No need to comb your hair, brush your teeth, or put on your fancy duds. We don’t keep up with the Joneses here. Just settle back, have a swig, and take a minute to recharge. Feel a …

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Five Reasons to Start a Newsletter

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Wait! Don’t shake your head and say, “Nope! Not me!” Pause, take a deep breath, and let’s chat for a few minutes. Are you a writer? A creative? Someone with a passion for people? Do you like to share and encourage? See! I knew it. Today I want to talk about newsletters from a fiction writer’s perspective, but my thoughts …

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Let’s Talk Valentines!

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Ahhh. Valentine’s Day. One of my favorite holidays! Just mention the word valentine and I go all mushy inside. Of course I would. (There’s a reason I live, breathe, and write romance. I’m a romantic! A huge one.) And I’m always on a mission. Remember that little pocket notebook I carry? Often, when I’m out and about and I see …