Choosing a Title

Starting June 1st (this year) there will be a contest to name my book about Mary, Mother of Jesus.  The name, Mary, must be in the title and Whitaker House would prefer a short title.  The five finalists will receive an autographed copy of the book and the winner will...

The Brown Shirt Caper

We all have favorite articles of clothing we hate to part with and men are known to hang on to things long past their normal period of use.  I’ve been in the process of downsizing, getting rid of unnecessary clothing and keepsakes, and of course eyed a few...

A matter of chickens

I generally do not write about animals, but we have 30 pigeons and 3 young chickens.  We used to have one older hen but she was creating a ruckus every day in the chicken yard.  Before my youngest son finished the totally enclosed chicken yard, I had to go and let the...

A surprising allergy

For over a year my hands have broken out, ugly sores, breaks of skin, etc.  At times I had 4 to 5 bandaids on my fingers.   I wanted to hide my hands under my armpits! The dermatologist was puzzled, prescribed creams, twice.  Friends tried to help, suggesting creams...

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

A book is finished, off to the press and there is no more editing to be done.  You sit and stare at the computer which gives you a blank screen. What now? What is the project you are to tackle next? One gets so absorbed in writing, research, communicating with your...

Writing with Seniors

For the last six weeks I’ve had the privalege of teaching a writing class to a group of seniors at a Salvation Army complex here in San Diego. We worked on memoirs and it was a delight to hear excerpts from their lives each week.  As they heard other’s...