Retaining Brick and Mortar stores

The advent of online shopping and digital stores in recent years has increasingly threatened the existence of more traditional shopping in what retailers call brick and mortar stores. Watch the news and one regularly sees announcements of another store liquidating its merchandise and closing its doors, leaving behind a vacant, rectangular building made of stone. […]

Off to Conference

Two years ago this week I attended the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference in Portland, Oregon. There I met my then-to-be-publisher Miralee Ferrell,  of Mountain Brook Ink and agreed to write a three-book series—a happy ending to a long journey of attending conferences and seeking publishing houses. This week I will again attend the conference, bringing […]

Be My Neighbor?

My neighbor’s wife died in 2009, leaving him not only a widower, but without children, totally alone. We’d known the couple for at least twenty-five years and seeing him so isolated and without nearby family bothered us. My husband suggested we provide a meal a couple of times a week to let the man know […]

Forty-three and counting

I remember the first thing he said to me. The Fourth of July had dawned and as a member of the staff at the church where I worked I was expected to attend the annual barbecue and family picnic at the church’s campgrounds. I found members of my singles college and career Sunday School class […]

Looking for Fifty Volunteers

My third novel, A Kite on the Wind,  will release October 1. I’m looking for fifty (50) volunteers to read advanced copies for me and prepare a review. Those reviews would then be posted on any or all of the following: Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, Barnes and Noble.com. Reviews can be as short as one word. Or […]

To All Men

In honor of this weekend and the celebration of Father’s Day, I want to wish all men a happy and successful day. Every man has as part to play in God’s design, whether or not he has a family. He is an important part of the fabric of our society. The role of father is […]

Like Writers, Snails Exist

When I was a leader for my church’s Awana club, I had the privilege of teaching during their evening closing time. One year the director chose to use a compilation of stories that compared the attributes of various creatures with the role they played in God’s kingdom. When my turn came to share, I drew […]

When Communication Fails

Earlier this week I experienced a phenomena unknown to me. I lost my voice. I’d been fighting a virus for about a week and thought I was on the mend when I awoke and tried to speak. I squawked like a chicken awaiting the axe. Nothing but air and wheeze. Surprised my husband, too. I […]