Episode 1: Expect the Extraordinary– What I Learned from a Woodchuck

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Welcome to The Writer's Reverie Podcast! I invite you to a cozy retreat through the power of His Story! God's riches in history, the arts, and the glories of Creation, take center stage at The Writer's Reverie Podcast. Dramatized readings ignite a love of learning and literacy for the Christian family, as biblical truths come to life for … [Read more...]

Are You a Literacy Cat?


I love to read. I love to write. I love cats. Put all three together and you pretty much have the lifestyle elements of my day--topped off by a cuppa tea, of course. Reading in the morning in my "secret place" corner involves my Bible (I'm rediscovering the riches of the Amplified with all those meaty definitions tucked right into the text … [Read more...]

My Ruby for Women Debut

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I can't be more excited this week to finally see the Autumn 2015 issue of the Ruby for Women e-zine! Of course, the cover is dreamy with a stunning harvest image that you can almost smell fall just by looking at it. And, there is an incredible Pumpkin Patch spread with recipe links to the queen of all fall goodies! Sumptuous! Poetry and eye … [Read more...]

Finding Sweet in Bitter Juices


Another friend just took a short hiatus from Facebook. I don't blame her. That endless news feed torments whomsoever should check their status updates with all manner of words and images. Much of this is cleverly disguised bait for the purpose of hooking one into a total waste of a day. Guilty. It happens to me more than I'd like to … [Read more...]

RJD: The Quotables Journal

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Do you read with a highlighter and pencil in your hand? I do. Most of us lovers of God's Word do our Bible reading that way--marking well loved passages with notes as we take in the depths of His heart to our understanding in deep places. But, I'm talking about regular, everyday books. Non-fiction types? Sure--all the time. I have my Lewis and … [Read more...]

Taking Time for a Teacup Exchange


Trust me! You do NOT want to see what all I have stuffed on my calendar over the next four months! I tremble and tuck tail when I have to look at that list. Hiding out under my bed sounds pretty good. Now . . . it's not that what I have going on is a bad thing--just too much of really good things. And beauty, of course. Let's see . . . I'm … [Read more...]

Basic Ingredients for a Carnival Birthday Party


Oh my! How time does fly!  Seems like yesterday we were calling everyone to prayer for our miracle baby Mackenzie Joy--born three months early and just under two pounds! When it came time to dedicate my first picture book, Mother Chicken's Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things, I knew she was to be the star of the dedication … [Read more...]

Rustic Teatime Family Retreat


Every year my aunt and cousin host an afternoon tea for all the ladies in our family. There aren't too many of us, so it makes for a cozy afternoon retreat around the table with delectable goodies. This summer, my cousin Debbie hosted it at her rustic sea captain's house built in 1821. The plaque on the front of the house makes it official as … [Read more...]

Bold and Daring Designs in a Comfort Zone World

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My feet hit the floor with an "ooff"--rather than a "let's get to it!" Mornings are tough for this little chick. I was bleary-eyed from watching Property Brothers home make-overs on Netflix til midnight. Waking up would take some time. I went to bed dreaming of gutting my own little cottage, wondering what horrors might reside behind the … [Read more...]

Building on the Ruins

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I'm working on a new e-book devotional based on some of my poetic works. I posted the abridged version on Enthusiastically Dawn's Random Journal Day last week which moved me to consider turning the long version into a format for personal devotions and journaling.  But, as I'm beginning the edit and additions, I believe this will eventually become … [Read more...]

RJD: Taking a Day Off with My Journal

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I am a writer. I write. Everyday. One thing or another. Lately, it's been hours in one position in front of my laptop at work on the Study Guides I hope to publish this fall as companion to my first Fable Springs Parables book. And, now that I've recently returned from the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference last week, I'm staring … [Read more...]

Glowing Gracefully Gray: 5 Reasons Why I Ditched the Hair Dye

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“Get the tweezers, girls! Who wants to pluck my grays?” Mom laid her dark brown tresses on the arm of the sofa as she reclined with her book in hand awaiting our answer. My sister and me drew straws to see who got hair plucking duty that day. Mom was in her early thirties, but already concerned about the gray invasion—a harbinger of age … [Read more...]

Vacation Pinks with Kenzie


June brings summer and storms and vacation week for me and hubby. We packed the bags and were off for a week in New England with my son, daughter-in-love, and that grand-girl of mine, Kenzie! While South Jersey had two destructive storms the week we were away (no damage to our home, praise the Lord!) we enjoyed lovely cool nights with breezes … [Read more...]

American Foundations for the 4th of July


On this 4th of July in 2015 . . . Red, white, and blue are the ONLY colors I'm flying in any flag to represent the United States of America. Our nation's title has become quite the oxymoron in these recent days of manipulated divisions and contrived crisis. Helter-skelter headlines have eroded hard won foundations by the first "greatest … [Read more...]

Cookie Jar Heaven

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It's a snapshot of my childhood. Yes, that's cute little me way back when. It's the first of some great vintage photos to share--but you have to read The Story first. Okay? You can see that I'm grinning. I think mommy made some chocolate chip cookies and I can smell them baking in the oven. I shall have to wait til they cool to taste them. … [Read more...]

At Rest in the Nest


Nothing says “morning” to me like a cuppa tea, my corner recliner, an open Bible, and birdsong chirped on the other side of the picture window. Fluttering wings under the eaves of my front porch are a joyful way to start the day. Copperfield takes a great interest in all the goings-on, swishing his tale and jerking his head, making little “ack ack … [Read more...]

Ladies and Dollies and Tea


I breathe a sigh of relief knowing winter surely is past and spring has come, when it's time for the annual Dolly & Me Tea, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Vineland.  I look forward to my gig as Tea Mistress, bringing stories and a lesson in teatime etiquette to ladies and dollies and well loved stuffed animal friends. Spending an afternoon … [Read more...]

Heather Over the Hill


Heading to The Garden Center @ Sepers Nursery this Sunday afternoon to kick off Blooming Books Storytime for the season during their grand re-opening weekend!  I’m bringing Haley as a special guest and we’ll be performing Mother Chicken’s Eggs for all and sundry. Will probably leave Mother Chicken back in the chicken pen, though. I don’t … [Read more...]

Epilogue to “The Story”


When we last left our Holy Week Ruminations on "The Story" this past Good Friday, the Chorus mournfully exposed Jesus on the cross . . . Chorus:                                 Look into His eyes Jesus the Man. Scorned, rejected, Condemned to die. With passion in His gaze, Forgiveness on His lips, He bought Man’s pain, Man’s … [Read more...]

Resurrection Spring Pinks

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Long time no see . . . me . . . in Blogland! Oh! For the love of book tours, marketing, and inventory control, life as a new independent publisher with my first book off the press has me running to and fro with activity! Learn more HERE about all my growing into greater things . . . How I miss a more regular reflective time for writing and … [Read more...]

Ruminations on “The Story”


It's Random Journal Day with our own Enthusiastic Dawn and I am feeling the conviction of making time for my long ignored blog to post something of relevance to this Holy Week. My days are not my own since publishing my book--far too many details for all the hats I'm wearing as an independent publisher. I am weary. AND--I miss blogging . . . for … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Annual Visit


Time for the wearin' o' the green this month as we bid fare thee well to winter white and look forward with hope of greener grasses and the harbinger of spring--St. Patrick's Day! And, to that end, my annual re-post of a valuable slice of history we should all know and make the hallmark of our St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Of far more worth than … [Read more...]

Grand-Girl Pinks


Can I crow? What a grand-girl I have, and beyond blessed I am! A couple of weeks ago my son and daughter-in-love braved the New England winter roads and took a week's vacation to visit Nana with this precious cherub--looking much like her daddy when he was her age! Nana shut down work and social media and thoroughly enjoyed being snowed in in … [Read more...]

Remembering that Rose

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So it's March and it's snowing and I have purposely put my snowmen and all things wintertime decor away in their storage bins, tucking them in the basement until next year. Bring on the SPRINGTIME! My home is awash in bunnies and tulips and baby chicks and plenty of floral arrangements in anticipation of this weekend's time change and … [Read more...]

Juggling Urgent & Important


I know some of you might think that I've completely fallen off the face of the earth the past three weeks. Well, partly.  I've been whisked out of this Blogland World, completely buried in a myriad of both URGENT and IMPORTANT, causing me to take an unplanned break from my happy place here with you. So, in just a few photos, I'll bring you up to … [Read more...]