Getting Away – Finding What’s Important: Daytona Beach

Getting Away – Finding What’s Important: Daytona Beach

Vacation has a way of clearing out the muck swirling in your brain to filter your thoughts. Doesn’t matter where I go . . . getting away is all that matters. Recently my family traveled to Daytona Beach Florida and spent the days on the beach without a plan or...

Words to Live By – A Short Story of Fiction

Words to Live By – A Short Story of Fiction

This is a short story I entered into a contest - I didn't win - but wanted to share it! It is fiction and not based on true events. Words to Live By            I found a clump of Mom’s hair in the shower. Trying to ignore its meaning, I scooped it up but hesitated to...

Celebrating Diversity with Picture Books

Celebrating Diversity with Picture Books

            I grew up in rural Iowa and rarely saw a person of color, I had no experience with sexual identity issues, and my religious knowledge consisted of what I learned at Sunday school. With continued education, life experience, and traveling outside of my...

SAWKILL GIRLS and SADIE – Fantastic Novels in Multiple POV

SAWKILL GIRLS and SADIE – Fantastic Novels in Multiple POV

  I discovered two new favorite Young Adult (YA) novels – SADIE, by Courtney Summers, and SAWKILL GIRLS, by Claire Legrand. Each book held my attention and kept me reading to find answers and solve the mysteries buried in the pages. These novels share a common format...

Greta and Rosie : A Tale of Two Devious Dogs

Greta and Rosie : A Tale of Two Devious Dogs

 STORY BASED ON TRUE EVENTS . . .   Meet Rosie. Mild mannered. Spoiled. Afraid to walk on hard-wood floors unless her parents have rugs to make a path. Wakes you up on a chilly night to sneak under the covers. Recently put on a restrictive diet due to stomach...

‘Tis the Season – Family at the Holidays

‘Tis the Season – Family at the Holidays

‘Tis the season, and it’s my favorite. My radio station turns to Christmas music as soon as "O, Holy Night" begins to play (after Halloween), and I put the decorations up a little earlier to provide a splash of color to the winter gray. The winter doldrums are brushed...

Teaching Perseverance

Teaching Perseverance

I'm positive that kids get tired of hearing - "things are different than when I was a kid" . . . but they are! In my opinion, children face different social pressures, cyber bullying, and have to watch out for "drugs" in all forms - (don't eat the Tide Pods!) There...

Adventures in Self-Publishing: SAVING THE WORLD

Adventures in Self-Publishing: SAVING THE WORLD

              The competitive world of writing requires fortitude and persistence. I am often asked where someone can purchase my books. I usually drop my head, turn red, and fill with guilt as I explain – they are nowhere YET, except on my computer. I continue...

Self Defense: Reclaiming Control

Self Defense: Reclaiming Control

My daughters along with 35 other family and friends had the privilege of attending Jai Johnson's self defense class last night. It was an evening that inspired hope and confidence to reverse the role as victim and to take back control. I'm going to share...

Writing Dialogue: Giving your Characters an Authentic Voice

Writing Dialogue: Giving your Characters an Authentic Voice

  Dialogue fills our world as we chat with family and friends. Often we recognize excitement, sorrow, or frustration in the spoken words or the tone of a voice. Dialogue plays an essential role in giving depth to writing. “Yo, dude, snag me a...

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