Not The Same Ole Christmas Letter

Every year around this time I start to feel a little edgy. The continuous Christmas music and the retail push to get the perfect gift begin to grate on my nerves. And there is a low laying fear that I won’t get all the gifts bought, the cookies baked, the family Christmas letter written and the… Continue reading Not The Same Ole Christmas Letter

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10 Gift Ideas for Writers

My favorite part of December magazines is the gift guides. I grabbed a copy of Real Simple and Oprah Magazine hoping to find the perfect gift for the people on my list. I didn’t see anything in either or them that I wanted to have or to give. The stuff was too showy or just… Continue reading 10 Gift Ideas for Writers


Monday’s Motivating Word

Joy I sometimes struggle with the concept of joy. Too often I confuse it with being happy.  But joy comes from the Lord, and it is available to us whenever we stop to pay attention. I feel it when I stand with my hands lifted high, singing praises to the Lord. I feel it in… Continue reading Monday’s Motivating Word

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The Quiet Desperation of Suburban Living

I was tempted to jump on the holiday bandwagon and make this blog about Christmas, but I just finished Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and had to write about it. I probably would not have read the novel if a friend from my writing group hadn’t recommended. She thought it might be useful to my writing,… Continue reading The Quiet Desperation of Suburban Living


Monday’s Motivating Word

Believe . . . As a child, I believed in Santa Claus much longer than I care to admit. There was nothing like the twinkling of Christmas lights on the netted hair of a brand new baby doll. I believed in the magic. I believed in possibilities. As an adult, I easily become disenchanted with… Continue reading Monday’s Motivating Word


Holiday Blog Tour

Join The Holiday Blog tour! You can read some up-and-coming, some bestselling and some soon-to-be best-selling authors. And they'll get you in the holiday spirit! We have something for everyone, from poets to fiction writers and some memoir folks are coming to party too. And if you're a really good reader, some will have a… Continue reading Holiday Blog Tour

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New Alert!!!

I am so excited that Christi McGuire at Witty Words chose my blog for a Liebster Award. Liebster is a German word that means dearest, beloved or favorite. This award is from fellow bloggers and must be given to blogs that have fewer than 200 followers. This is a great way for the blogging community to… Continue reading New Alert!!!