Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life…

“Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life... what do you hope to see? Every day, in some small or large way, we look out our window, be it symbolic or real, and imagine worlds ...

Easy Poinsettia Crafts!

The festive poinsettia is the flower of the season! There is no better way to celebrate the holidays and to pass the time during those cold, wintery days than to make some poinsettia crafts! Not only will these crafts keep kids entertained during the holiday break, they will add colour and holiday cheer to any home! And unlike fresh poinsettias, these flowers will last indefinitely. Here are some of the best, easiest video tutorials I’ve found online: Poinsettia Wreath Get a wreath form ...

Inspiration: Honor The Ebb & Flow Of Life…

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Inspiration: Honor The Ebb & Flow Of Life... A calm follows the breaking waves... Inspiration: Honor The Ebb & Flow Of Life... Go with the flow of the waves... don't run... All of life is about movement. We have moments of peace and ease, a few ripples in the waves, and moments of turbulence or breaking waves. The turbulence is like ...

Tuesday morning on the 10.25

“Are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “They’re still the same.  I’ve tried my hardest to find out what the problem is, but nothing I do makes any difference. I’m afraid I have just given up.” As the two women take their seats across the aisle from me, I try not to stare. Their conversation has aroused my interest, set my imagination to work. I wonder what on earth could be wrong with Jack and think up several different scenarios.  ...

I’ve waited two years for this………..

I love peonies. I ordered a Peony Tree from a very reputable grower and planted it with great care almost two years ago. I watched as it grew and produced lots of lovely green leaves that danced in the summer breeze and withstood Autumn gales; waiting for the beautiful pink blooms to appear. I waited and waited. I asked a professional gardener friend what I was doing wrong, “Don’t worry” he said, ” be patient and the flowers will come”. I waited a little ...

Musings: Share A Joke…

“If you aren’t a naturally happy person, take time each day to cultivate that which brings you happiness.” Madisyn Taylor A recently hired junior manager at a multinational corporation, Joe X, puts his foot in his mouth… On Joe’s fifth day at the office, he called the company canteen and ordered a sandwich. It didn’t arrive in 10 minutes as promised. After waiting longer than usual for his lunch order, Joe, already in a bad mood, decided to call the canteen extension… ...

Musings: Summing Up The Future in Five Words…

My past is my wisdom to use today. . . my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides. Gene Oliver Musings: Summing Up The Future in Five Words...Your best LIFE Starts Now... Your best LIFE Starts Now… What does the future mean or look like to you? What excites you about the future and can you use only five words?  Today I woke up feeling a little sad… What was bothering me? It ...

Guest Post: An Artfully Designed Flower Garden

An Artfully Designed Flower Garden with Colours, Textures and Decor It may still be the dead of winter, but I’m already daydreaming about spring gardening. Everybody has their own sense of style when it comes to their garden, but there are a few aesthetic elements to consider when planning your garden to be a work of art. Thinking about colour combinations, texture combinations, as well as how to preserve your masterpiece will yield the best results. Complementary colours for plants, stones, and ...

Life Personified

A friend recently commented on my habit of personifying things. At first I wasn’t sure what he meant so I looked it up on dictionary.com: “per·son·i·fi·ca·tio [per-son-uh-fi-key-shuh n] noun, the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions.” He was right. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. I think I do it because life has become so big and scary that humanizing things brings life down to my level. Living in a world where, amongst ...

A Cool Book Trailer (and awesome deal to boot)

A Cool Book Trailer (and awesome deal to boot)

Thanks to Michelle Shaeffer who introduced me to the writing genius that is Frank Viola. Frank has written several books and here’s his latest title God’s Favorite Place. If you’d rather not have to read all the great endorsements from top-flight authors such as Mark Batterson, Jon Acuff or Mary DeMuth – Frank’s publisher put together a book trailer that’s embedded below. Lastly, if you get his book before next Tuesday May,7th – you’ll get 25 free gifts for…um, eh…free. Check it out ...

Life's a Hot Beach

“What better way to spend the forth of July than at the beach,” my daughter’s voice chirps through the phone. I agree, as we have no other plans, and it has been awhile since we had a family day. I gather my beach accessories: my favorite beach towel, large enough to wrap me up like a burrito, bottles of cold water & pop, sandwiches, chips, apples, sunglasses, sunscreen #15, & 30, hairbrush, chap-stick, change for parking, beach umbrella & chairs, camera, ...

My On-Air Debate With a CBS Radio Host…

Talk Radio Host Tommy Mischke On Thursday, January 6th I had the opportunity to be interviewed by news/talk show host Tommy Mischke on WCCO 830AM – the 50,000 watt, CBS talk radio affiliate in Minneapolis - about my book A Question of Faith. Because of the station’s strong signal, the “Mischke at Midnight” program can be heard in 22 states. The entire interview with me was roughly 30 minutes long and at times it got heated in the congeanel, feisty manner, that’s akin to a ...

Yikes – Two Months without Posting

Some artists, brave souls, create in full view of their audience. I would be ashamed of myself, except the main reason for my absence is that I was writing/revising/reading toward a better manuscript. No excuse, you say? You’re probably right. But I’m still on the blog-learning curve. I find that my more automatic go-to spot for communicating re book stuff is my Yours In Books Facebook page (click on the “Facebook” button in right margin). It’s quick, noninvasive, and ties directly/efficiently ...

My Pinterest Boards

This photo is one of my “No Comment” pins What I love about Pinterest is its hit-or-miss attitude. There’s no pressure to pin on any schedule or with any intention of finding closure. It’s an option that accommodates spur-of-the-moment captures as well as planned collections. The latter are sometimes secret boards; for instance I’ve got a hidden board going called Great Wharf that puts me in mind of the setting of my novel When Mrs. Cook Got Out More. If you haven’t ...

7 Questions With an Author: Jason Boyett

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s co-featured author is an online acquaintance of mine named Jason Boyett. He’s a bestselling author with more than 10 books, an events speaker, an embarrassingly prolific writer with published work on Salon, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post as well as a dedicated dad and husband. Jason is one of my favorite ...

A Long Way from Manuscript

Members of TEAM TSA (this group at Disney in 2012) participate in athletic events to support the mission of the Tourette Syndrome Association to discover a cause and find a cure for tourette syndrome. This past Tuesday marked the start of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (May 15 – June 15). I know this because I stay in touch with Brad Cohen, whose book (co-authored with Lisa Wysocky) Front of the Class was one of my former company VanderWyk & Burnham’s success ...

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We’ll Meet Again

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I have been AWOL for a few weeks, I hope some of you have missed me… I have been busy working on a tender document which has proved much more difficult than I ever imagined when agreeing to do it. I mean, three weeks of my life is too much to spend on writing something that I didn’t enjoy. It has been submitted now, at 11.45 am to be precise so I’m free now to write something I do enjoy enormously… …

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The ‘why’ is the easy bit, the ‘what’ a little harder to understand

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I started my blog exactly five years ago this weekend. I had been thinking about retirement as my husband had taken early retirement and wanted me to do the same. I had read reports in the press of the increasing numbers of people approaching retirement age, who wanted to carry on working, in some cases they just had to. I wasn’t ready to retire then and I’m not now, but I thought that I …

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A change of style and a twist

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I’m waiting at the station. Penny is late. We agreed to meet at 10.00 the train leaves at 10.15 and it’s now ten past. I fiddle with the strap of my overnight bag, I do not feel comfortable waiting here on my own, but it is something I have had to get used to. Being on my own. I thought Penny was different from the rest, she is such a good listener and always says the right thing. She bolsters my …

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My Pinterest Boards

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This photo is one of my “No Comment” pins What I love about Pinterest is its hit-or-miss attitude. There’s no pressure to pin on any schedule or with any intention of finding closure. It’s an option that accommodates spur-of-the-moment captures as well as planned collections. The latter are sometimes secret boards; for instance I’ve got a …

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The Blog Farm | Check out our new ‘Post Image Wall’

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Just a taste… “Keep scrolling down to reveal every picture on The Blog Farm. If one strikes your fancy clicking on it will take you to the post. Trust me… it is impossible to scroll through the images below without clicking on one, I have tried many times. That is why images will open on a new page… …

Faith Builds Courage

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There are days that blogging overwhelms me. How about you, ever feel overwhelmed about blogging or anything? Many times, I believe we become overwhelmed when we forget to do what we can or lose our sense of humor to roll with it. Whatever it is! (smile) I’ve shared that I am trying to balance better. Well, it’s on my list. (smile) I can be the queen of procrastination in my personal life! …

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The Unreliable Narrator – it’s been playing on my mind

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Well actually that’s not strictly true, but I have spent quite a lot of time wondering about it. Does the author deliberately set out to lie, mislead, or be economical with the truth, or does she/he get caught up in the story and forget what they have written a few chapters earlier? When I read a book, I usually always trust what I am reading. I don’t think I am alone in this, and one of the most important things we have to learn in life, is to …

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