… down she fell… now what?

This is another blog post that started out as a Facebook status update, but grew too long, and seems appropriate for a blog post. Actually, this may be happening regularly for the next four to six weeks. Thank you to my personal Facebook friends for all your prayers and kind words. It's going to be …

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Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation

Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness Stars: 4.5 I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected. …

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Book Sales … thoughts and questions

Family, Friends, Romans, all y’all, lend me your ear… Now that Topaz has your attention… As I was sharing my publishing goals for this summer with a friend last night, we got on the topic of book marketing. Wait, don’t leave! I need to set this up so I can ask your opinion. Yes, all y’all …

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A Study Deferred

At the risk of being melodramatic, let me quote Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (ESV) Let me also warn you that this post is going to be heavy on the pictures. Since my first visit to the Milwaukee Public Library with my mom, …

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5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration

I am a writer. That means I am compelled to write. It might be a journal, blog post, fiction, Bible study, Facebook status update, or even Tweet, but I must write. It's been this way since childhood. When other children were drawing pictures, I was using those jumbo crayons to write. It didn't bother me one …

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Reading and Writing Frustrations

I'm frustrated. With myself. sigh... I am a writer. I love to write. But I also love to read. These days I find more of my time is being spent in reading about writing, reading blogs by other writers, and reading for my own pleasure and research than I do actually writing. Who would've ever …

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My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014

I have always been an insatiable reader. I don't even remember learning to read. I've always read everything that crossed my path, cereal boxes, books, newspapers, ingredient lists, every sign in every museum I've gone to... you get the idea. So imagine the horror of waking up after my second stroke and realizing I couldn't read. …

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READ! Literacy is the Key to Success

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." ~~Frederick Douglass I love that quote by Frederick Douglass, but also remember what Mark Twain said:  "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." It broke my heart as a high school teacher to see minority students who had the same opportunities and …

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Book Review: TIDEWATER MURDER by C. Hope Clark

Tidewater Murder is #2 in the Carolina Slade series by C. Hope Clark. I was late to the party, and unfortunately am reading the series in reverse order, having started with Palmetto Poison, which is #3. I really enjoyed Tidewater Murder, and would love to do an in-depth analysis of this book, but will forgo the pleasure …

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Book Review: PALMETTO POISON by C. Hope Clark

Palmetto Poison is #3 in the Carolina Slade series by C. Hope Clark. I confess I have not read the previous installments, and almost opted not to review this book as I felt guilty for not starting at the beginning. After a bit more thought I decided to see if this book could stand alone. …

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