Podcast #24: Lamplighter Books Making Old New Again

Well, I’m stepping into February ticking the boxes on my reading resolutions with selections from my bookshelves that have patiently waited—some for many years—for me to get around to giving them the attention they deserve. I am pleased to announce that I accomplished a Pleasure Reading challenge. Oh, wait—I mean, a Devotional Reading … [Read more...]

Podcast #5: Updated Excerpt–The Gatekeeper’s Key!

CLICK TO VOTE FOR THE GATEKEEPER'S KEY in the CHRISTIAN INDIE AWARDS 2018! Help this important devotional book get into more hands, hearts, and lives this year! Thank you for your support! Read on to learn more . . . GO! That was my word for 2016. Go forth. It's a daunting invitation. But, when I'm invited to GO, by the Gatekeeper of my life, … [Read more...]

Podcast #23: Reading Resolutions for 2018

I’ve amassed a couple of decades worth of any number of journal pages dedicated to my January 1st commitments for a new year. Many items on my goals list regard personal prayer requests for family life. A slew of items touch upon my writing life. In this article, I will comment on the yearly aspirations I record for my reading life—sometimes … [Read more...]

Ponder & Prompt: Classical Voices–Crucial Choices

Ponder & Prompt Introduction: Dante Alighieri penned the Divine Comedy over a twelve year period of time between 1308 and 1320. He passed away in 1321, discovering how close his epic narrative poem was to the truth of the after-life he'd written about only one year after its publication. Largely held as the greatest of Italian literature--if … [Read more...]

Christmas Tea: A Vegan Delight

December means a pantry full of baked goodies and a fridge bursting at the seams with the fixings for holiday dinner parties and Christmas teatime celebrations. Christimas 2017 in our cozy cottage has been the setting for a number of joyful gatherings over shared meals and sweet treats consumed once a year to toast the season. Family dinners, … [Read more...]

Podcast #22: Have Yourself a Dickens of a Christmas

Charles Dickens. A name synonymous with Christmas and the staple of literary characters related to the season: Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. I have my collected editions of A Christmas Carol displayed for the festivities this year, as always. In a quiet moment during the holidays, I steal aside to my reading corner … [Read more...]

Podcast #21: The Courtship of Miles Standish

The title caught my attention first—then the vintage photograph on the cover: antique actors posed in a tableau portraying famous pilgrim forefathers recreating a moment in American history. The image, framed in a fanciful illustration of blue and gray, drew me in completely. I wanted to plunk down the cash and take this … [Read more...]

On Greek Drama: Tragedy and Comedy

Welcome back to our continuing inspirational series, Classic Thoughts & Journal Prompts, featuring word and image memes created by homeschool student, Haley Richardson, we enjoy our weekly essay reading and discussion about Western thought and literature in Invitation to the Classics. This past week we read three essays about the Golden Age of … [Read more...]

Podcast #20: Sticky Stories for Family Read Aloud

The orb spider is back, weaving her sticky businesses just outside my front window. I cringe every October when these eight-legged creatures invade corners of my yard and set up housekeeping. I’ve never been able to manage spiders. They remain a creep factor in my life, inflicting horror to my psyche since childhood.  Perhaps this phobia … [Read more...]

Podcast #19: Restoring the Family Altar

The day I stumbled across a thin volume of family devotions dated 1919, my heart leapt as I surveyed the introduction, knowing I’d struck gold, once again in a book titled, Day After Day: A Manual of Devotions for Individual and Family Use, by John Wilbur Chapman. This compiled collection of weekly Scripture readings and related commentary by a … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Ancient Historians

Thoughts on Ancient Historians with memes by Haley Richardson . . . Haley and I are studying the writers of histories this week on our journey thorough Invitation to the Classics. We've been reading about the ancient historians, including Herodotus, whose travels and narratives of cultures in the ancient lands of the Mediterranian and Middle … [Read more...]

An Invitation to the Classics

September is just about over, but my new school year studies in literature and language arts with homeschooler, Haley Richardson, are just getting off the ground. Haley is entering her sophomore year of high school. We have a terrific study plan ahead of us, exploring our Western civilization literary heritage in an overview from the ancients to … [Read more...]

School’s Out, Shakespeare, and Mademoiselle Macaron

A whirlwind school year of literary adventures ended on June 29th for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekly forays into works by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Howard Pyle, and select poetry. My young homeschool student, Haley Richardson, and I have been meeting for three hours of reading and writing activities since September, with healthy doses of tea, … [Read more...]

Podcast #18: Vintage Book Treasure Hunt

I came into possession of a vintage book titled, Day After Day: A Manual of Devotions for Individual and Family Use, compiled by 19th and early 20th century evangelist John Wilbur Chapman. It was published in 1919, at the end of the first World War. One of the first places I go when treasure hunting in a vintage or antique book, is inside, opening … [Read more...]

Podcast #17: Excerpt from Fragrant Fields

I'm so excited about my new book, just released in January of 2017! It's called Fragrant Fields: Poetic Reflections for Journaling, and I'm sharing an intimate slice of my own personal devotions in this collection of poetry, prose, Scripture, and inspirational quotes. In my podcast this month, I'm reading an excerpt detailing the initial … [Read more...]

Episode #16: Discover the Handmaiden of History

Centuries of storytelling proves literature is indeed the “handmaiden of history.” Literature created in each age of man both records and mirrors the heart of man in that era, illustrating the character of a generation. The reading of quality literary works from our rich Western heritage assists and broadens the understanding of our story in … [Read more...]

Podcast #15: Legend of the Claddagh

[Tweet "Storytelling is an important facet of Irish culture."] Their tales descend from olden days, when the first Celtic societies settled the rugged, green Irish landscapes. They were conquered, in time, by invaders from Gaul (modern France). Slowly, the population of original ancient Celtic inhabitants shrunk, becoming the “little people” of … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

It's the last week of February and in years past, I would be wishing my mother a Happy Birthday. However, it has been 13 years since I lost her home to Heaven with the Lord after a two year battle with ovarian cancer.  She was a constant source of inspiration and long suffering through it and I was so blessed to spend quality time with her in … [Read more...]

Podcast #14: Key of Love & Locked Gates

The Key of Love and Locked Iron Gates is an abridged chapter excerpt from my latest book, The Gatekeeper's Key! CLICK TO VOTE FOR THE GATEKEEPER'S KEY in the INDIE BOOKS AWARDS 2018! Help this important devotional book get into more hands, hearts, and lives this year! Thank you for your support! Read on to learn more . . . Miss Bertram … [Read more...]

Podcast #13: Vintage New Year Conversations

Just when you think January is lingering far too long due to crippling cold days and traffic snarling snowstorms, spring is sprung, summer warms to distraction, and autumn leaves fall, speeding us headlong into, yet, another new year and the prospects of January 1st once again. [Tweet "Why does it seem the year flits by in the blink of an … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 12: Vintage Christmas Holly

I'm so blessed to share my Christmas podcast with you this month! It's simultaneously in print in RUBY MAGAZINE with a host of other Christmas themed articles, by many talented Christian women writers, to fill your home and heart with the joy of the season. [Tweet "My podcast features a special guest--from over 100 years ago!"] Earlier this … [Read more...]

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Storytime

CLICK to Listen to From Leyden to Liberty as a family, PLUS links to bonus blog posts, books, and free printables for teaching and learning America's Christian History and why we celebrate this Thanksgiving Day! Includes links to: The Pilgrim Chronicles: Thanksgiving Stories for the Stage Teaching Resource, by Kathryn Ross 5-Part … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 11: Salt on the Table

Sandwiched between my continuing series Psalms for the Nation, is my monthly podcast. I've been putting feet to my intercessory prayer for the healing and restoration of our nation, and its deliverance from the enemy's corruption in the very highest places of our government.  There's no pretending this isn't happening to us. It is. And has been so … [Read more...]

Psalms for the Nation: A Cry for Help

I'm continuing my Psalms for the Nation series with some of the Scriptures I've been meditating upon and praying through in this critical election season. Will you join me?  Last week, I shared Psalms for the Nation: A Call to Prayer. This week . . . I'm filling my mind and heart with the Psalms of the Lord. These powerful words stir my spirit … [Read more...]

Psalm 10 for the Nation: A Call to Prayer

America is counting down to the most historical election since the first Continental Congress voted to declare their independence from the tyrannical overreach of the English government on July 4, 1776. At that time, thirteen colonies and less than 60 individuals cast their vote. This year, multiple millions of Americans in 50 states will do … [Read more...]