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    "Letters mingle souls."

    John Donne

Sunday Morning Coming Down

A foul mood settled on top of me Sunday morning about the time my husband entered the kitchen for breakfast. I don’t know why. Seriously, I don’t. I mean, I could blame our empty nest, the slight headache that built during the day, health issues with my parents—all valid reasons, but the truth is I’m…

The Writer’s Life

Sometimes the writer’s life borders on the lonely side–unless you count spending time with imaginary characters, that is. We plan and plot alone. We write alone. We proofread and edit alone. But sometimes, writers spend quality time with other writers. This past weekend, I spent a wonderful weekend with other Christian writers at North Topsail…

Publishing News

In case you don’t receive my newsletter, here’s the news I sent out this morning. Book number three is on its way!     I’m excited to announce that after many months of praying for God to place my third story, I’ve signed a contract with Mantle Rock Publishing. The working title is Rescued Hearts,…

Three New Crochet Projects

My job is a writer, but for the past few weeks I haven’t written a whole lot. I pretty much took December off so that I could enjoy my family through Christmas and New Year’s. Between the cooking and playing board games and cooking and washing clothes and cooking and playing euchre and making sandwiches,…

Choosing My Word for 2017

I’ve seen lots of Facebook posts about words people are choosing for their 2017 word-to-live-by. I haven’t chosen one. I sort of feel about choosing a word like I feel when I think about choosing a life verse. Choose one verse from the whole Bible? Choose one word out of the billions of words available?…

Christmas Cookies

Two things I like best about December are sending Christmas cards and baking cookies. We mail over two hundred cards, and I bake at least twelve different kinds of cookies. In a family of six, you need a lot of cookies, especially since we make cookie trays and give them to friends, too. In our…

Working the Polls

I’ve worked at my small, hometown precinct on election days since 2007, and mostly, they’re fun days. I’ve seen many beautiful pictures—like our last mayoral election. After the polls closed, the candidates came in to wait for results. When the chief judge announced the winner, both candidates stood, shook hands, and left. What a great…

‘Tis the Season…for a Christmas Brunch

For people in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I’ll be speaking at New Community Church’s Christmas Brunch on Saturday, November 19th from 10:00-12:30. It should be a special event because my good friend, Emily Willard, is on the planning team. This is a picture from a couple of years ago, but we still look the same….