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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….

A Good Man…

I’m not really a gushing kind of person. Although I write love stories, you’ll never see me use words like soul mate or love of my life. Despite my lack of gushing, I’ve been married for twenty-eight pretty good years. And this week my choice of mate was confirmed again.          …

On the Radio

Last week, I enjoyed my first radio interview. Lynda Carroll made the thirty minutes easy and so much fun. She asked interesting questions about my writing journey, Irish Encounter, and Mars…With Venus Rising. If you want to read more about it, go here. With Lynda Carroll in the WTSB studio

Remember 911

This is my memory of September 11, 2001. It was a Tuesday morning, a new year of BSF, Bible Study Fellowship for me, my first in leadership. We had a leaders’ meeting starting about 9:00. I waited at the bus stop with my four children, hugged them bye, then left for Mars Alliance Church in…

Libraries and Budgets Plus a Complement

Last time I wrote about my struggle to convince the Town Board to fund our public library’s total operations budget. Here’s the good news right in the first paragraph: the Board voted to fund it. A public forum accompanied the final vote because the Board also had to vote on a one-cent tax increase. The…