A First Christmas

A First Christmas

Usually when we hear those words we think of a couple with a new baby. This year it takes on new meaning, for it’s my first Christmas without my husband. Valerie and I have been watching some of the Hallmark Christmas movies. Some of the stories are very touching and...
Awakening the Writing Muse

Awakening the Writing Muse

The only problem with taking a hiatus from writing, even for a time of loss, is getting started again. The Lord has always put on my heart the next woman of the Bible I was to write about, but with Lydia finished and out in the stores as of October, my mind was blank....
A Healthy Decision

A Healthy Decision

Had a interesting weekend at the RV park in Ramona, figuring out where to put things, including the dog. She got a warm bed in the car so she wouldn’t take up the whole floor space in my little trailer. The restroom with showers was across the road– great in the...
The Great Trailer Escape

The Great Trailer Escape

On my bucket list was a little trailer, where I could go off to a nice campground or RV site to enjoy nature and write. At least that was my intention. I had the opportunity to buy a little ALine trailer at a good price and soon it was sitting in my driveway, waiting...
Blog Tours!

Blog Tours!

What an amazing way to share a new book. The publisher sends the book to a group of literary bloggers who read it and then do a review. Sometimes as an author we disagree with the blogger’s viewpoint. We want to “explain” what we wrote. Yet, in the end, each blogger...
Grief Groups

Grief Groups

At a friend’s suggestion I attended a group at a nearby church. Surprisingly it was very freeing.  As I heard other people’s stories, it put my own in perspective.  It was good to be able to share and have people understand where you were coming from and know how you...
The Color of Mourning

The Color of Mourning

What does mourning look like?  How can you define the emotions that come and go on an unexpected schedule? A song plays on the intercom in a department store and you find yourself heading for the ladies room to gain control of the tears. Watching a couple in their...
New Poetry and a Musical

New Poetry and a Musical

Had fun revising my poetry book, “Wings of the Wind” with White Glove Publishing through my agent, Joyce Hart.  Took out some of the poems and added others that had been written more recently.  The company that published the book before with all my friend Dixie...
Changing Churches

Changing Churches

Ever found yourself in the dilemma of having to find a new church?  It’s not like you just pick a nearby church and that’s it.  When we moved back to San Diego after seven years in Northern California, I attempted to return to my old church where I’d spent over 20...
An Old Dog

An Old Dog

Our “pound puppy of 2003 is now 14.  We got her after the series of fires that raged over San Diego  at the time. Lost and scared as she looked up at me from her cage at the animal shelter, I knew she was the dog for us, and she has been a sweet companion ever since....