A Thankful Heart: Thanksgiving Part 5

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Greetings to thee, with a joyful heart!  ‘Tis the harvest, indeed, this Autumn on Plimoth Plantation, and we Pilgrims are preparing for a great feast of Thanksgiving!  From the persecutions of our brethern in England and the hand of God to deliver us onto this prepared land in America, through the storms and trials of our arrival last year in … [Read more...]

Lifestyles of Plimoth Plantation: Thanksgiving Part 4


‘Tis I, Mistress Kate, once again to make known to ye the episodes both perilous and marvelous that befell us Pilgrims, called forth by God from our Old Country of England to the shores of America where, ’tis here we hope to build a colony to the glory of God. We have disembarked our Mayflower vessel which brought us hence from across the sea.  … [Read more...]

Mayflower Memoirs: Thanksgiving Part 3

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Greetings fellow Pilgrims – travelers all are we through many a season from the Good Lord’s hands.  In want and plenty, famine and feast, season passes to season – each fulfilling His Story in the earth! And, we still praise Jehovah for our God is good! Mistress Kate with you, once again, to pick up my tale ‘ere I left off at the port of … [Read more...]

In an Indian Village: Thanksgiving Part 2

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Note:  Mistress Kate is a bit busy at the moment, packing for the sea voyage of a lifetime!  So, we shall pause from her narrative and take a look at what was happening in a quiet Indian village across the sea . . . Did you ever wonder what was on the land where your house stands  – before your house stood there?  Or what people may have … [Read more...]

And So It Begins: Thanksgiving Part 1

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Greetings all!  ‘Tis Thanksgiving Day come upon us in just a week and I’ve much to share with ye in story and song about the goodness of our God.  ‘Tis to Him alone we give thanks - for the great things He has done! I am called Mistress Kate. I live with the fellowship of Pilgrims come to this new world from England across the sea.  ‘Tis a tale … [Read more...]

Podcast #3: From Leyden to Liberty–The Thanksgiving Tale

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For many years I had the privilege of studying closely, then writing, directing, and producing scores of students in Christian and home school venues, dramatizing the actual events of the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving of 1621. Though settlers in Virginia had already set aside a day to give thanks in 1619, it is the dramatic tale of the pilgrims … [Read more...]

Ruby for Women Holiday 2015 Issue

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Cup of tea--CHECK! Cozy chair--CHECK! Digital reader or laptop--CHECK! [Tweet "You're all ready for a little reading retreat with Ruby for Women's Holiday 2015 e-magazine!"] I am honored to be a contributing writer and on the blogging team for Ruby for Women--a community of Christian women writing inspirational, devotional, and lifestyle … [Read more...]

Pilgrims, Soapboxes, Teapots, and Podcasts

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And first of ye occasion and industments ther unto; the which that I may truly unfould, I must begine at ye very roots & rise of ye same. The which I shall endevor to manefest in a plaine stile, with singuler regard unto ye simple trueth in all things, at least as near as my slender judgemente can  attaine the same . . . Opening lines to the … [Read more...]

Using Journals to Re-Write Inspirational Chocolate


I'm breaking out the journals this week for our Random Journal Day foray into the recording of our thoughts and inspirations.  I find that as I age I'm more prone to record inspirations rather than thoughts. I'm not quite so ready to pen my innermost feelings as I am to record the words of others which impress deeply upon my innermost feelings. In … [Read more...]

Literary Retreat to Green Gables


When the movies first came out in the 1990's, I was captivated by the promotional trailers for Anne of Green Gables. They would be shown on PBS as a mini-series. My calendar was emptied but for that on the appointed days. An old friend would be visiting my heart with her story--one I remembered well from childhood when I first met her. You … [Read more...]

Podcast #2: When the Pageant Wagon Comes to Town

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Once upon a time, after the libraries were burned and the villages sacked, and a great darkness covered Western Europe, the Pageant Wagons rolled into town. And then, there was light. True story. It's a slice of history not many people know about anymore—and certainly not taught in contemporary classrooms. However, it’s true. It happened. … [Read more...]

Cozy Comforts Across the Miles


Mid-October in New Jersey today--and the first frost of the season, waking to 29 degrees outside.  Turn the tea water on. It's time for my morning cuppa and some cozy thoughts and reading at the start of the day, and another busy workweek with deadlines looming once again. So, after a few hours of online training and manuscript writing, it is … [Read more...]

Teacup Exchange Reveal: A Welcome Respite


I overbooked October. Entirely my own fault. Perhaps I confused October with octopus--thinking I had eight arms enough to accomplish all I've set for myself to do this month. Writing and project deadlines are looming--but I am welcoming a couple of happy respites this week: Tea and vintage breaks for a weary writer. This past Saturday, Ed and I … [Read more...]

The Power of Two


Once upon a time there was  little girl who liked to write stories. She wrote about the things that made her heart sing. In her story world, their might be a mystery to solve on one day, and high adventure to discover on the next. Perhaps a schoolgirl might stumble over a treasure tucked secretly away in the attic. Or an old photograph would … [Read more...]

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...]