God Bless the USA

  When I was a child, I celebrated the Fourth of July like everyone else—setting off firecrackers, picnicking, and attending the local fireworks display with my family. The Fourth of July represented only a day for fun. I didn’t know there were others around the world who couldn’t play as I did. But now, as […]

Have Green Thumb, Will Grow

When my husband and I moved into our second home in 1992, we landed across the street from a retired couple who enjoyed gardening. The man had grown up on an Oklahoma farm during the Depression. He said his family never had money, but they always had food because they grew it. The neighbor’s garden […]

The Waiting is the Hardest

  To the casual observer launching a book doesn’t seem like a big deal. The book gets published, is uploaded to a book site like Amazon or Christianbook.com, and the author leans back and waits for the sales to roll in. Piece of cake. Nothing could be further from the truth. After devoting months, maybe […]

Are you ready?

Know what this is? Behind the green screen is the cover of my upcoming release, Love’s Autumn Harvest, which is set for August 1. Monday, June 15 the cover will be revealed. The eBook will be available for pre-order. The print books will follow in July. This has been a tough year for all of […]

Mischief Maker

  I called him Mischief. He deserved the moniker. All he’d done since he first invaded our patio late last spring was spread mischief. He is a squirrel. We’d first encountered his antics when the squirrel-proof bird feeder tempted him and instead of stealing seed from the seed tray, he popped the top off and […]

An Exciting New Offering

New this week is the Inspirational Romance Collection, Second Chances, from Mountain Brook Ink. The six-novel eBook set features MBI authors Miralee Ferrell, Teresa H. Morgan, Melanie Campbell, Janalyn Voigt, and Patricia Lee. The stories are varied by setting and by theme making the collection quite an assortment. Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read these for […]

For All Women on Mother’s Day

We all know someone. . . The sister who cares for her nieces and nephews while their mother recuperates from a serious illness. The single teacher who bestows love and affection on her classroom of students. The neighbor who opens her yard to the children next door to give their mother much needed respite. The […]

Re-homing A Tree

The tree arrived in a pot—scrawny and with little foliage to help identify it. A woman where my husband worked wanted the tree removed. Carry it away. She had no use for the seedling. My husband had a thing about trees. He couldn’t kill it even though he didn’t think the tree would survive—the roots […]

The Legacy of King

More than thirty years ago, (1986) Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday. Designated to be observed the third Monday in January, near King’s birthday on the fifteenth, the date did not happen without controversy. The civil rights leader who advocated harmony, became the center of conflict. Some states refused to adopt the […]

Abide–A Word for 2020

A writers forum I follow posed the question this week— ‘what is your word for 2020?’ People of faith often choose an expression to lead them through the year. With writers it makes sense because those who compose prose are in the business of words. I had to give this some thought. 2020 represents the […]