A Friend’s Importance

Changes in life are inevitable. Solomon spoke of those in Ecclesiastes 3 where he said, “To everything there is a season, a purpose for everything under heaven.” To lose someone in your life, even if it is only through a change of location, can leave you feeling empty. That happened to me and two of my friends […]

A Day in the Life. . .

This week promised to be a busy one from its onset, but as the days progressed I found myself more and more overwhelmed. The dentist appointment and the critique group meeting were already on the agenda, but then came the audio book edits—all fourteen chapters of them. My agent was waiting for the finished proposal […]

Sand in the Hourglass

The e-mail stopped my heart. Sent from a dear friend, his quiet words shouted despair.  Old injuries and chronic illness were claiming his wife’s life. The marriage bond between them spanned sixty-eight years. How does one say goodbye to someone loved that long? I’d known the man since college. He’d been a professor at the […]

Pardon Me?

My husband recently ordered a hearing aid. Wearing it this week, he and I were headed to breakfast when he asked, “Where is that clicking clock?” “You mean the turn signal?” I said. Not funny. But true. Operating noisy, outdoor equipment for thirty years in his career as a landscaper/groundskeeper, my husband is nearly deaf. […]

A Ray of Hope

  This week while shopping for groceries in a busy store filled with after-Labor-Day customers, I noticed a tall, thin, elderly man with nothing in his basket except a dozen eggs, a gallon of milk, and a loaf of bread. Lines were long and the noise deafening as most shoppers pushed carts overflowing with their […]

Book Pick #3- Author Karen Barnett

With summer winding down and fall gearing up its transition, you and your family would do well to spend some time at a national park before inclement weather and colder temperatures threaten to make the trip less appealing. The National Park Service is now one hundred years old and is considered one of our nation’s […]

After A Conference

            This week I had the privilege of attending the Oregon Christian Writers conference at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion in Portland, Oregon. Featured speakers included Brian Bird who writes screenplays for the popular Hallmark Sunday night movie, When Calls the Heart and Francine Rivers, who is a best-selling, multi-published […]