Celebrate Thanksgiving with Storytime

CLICK to Listen to From Leyden to Liberty as a family this Thanksgiving Day!   Blessings be yours! PLEASE NOTE: I'm taking a blogging break til January--except for a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TEA post coming up in December to wish you all well in your celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. Exciting things coming here, from The … [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...]

Raising Disciples: “Using Your Own Gifts & Style”

July 5, 1984, at 10:00am, I cried out to the Lord in despair and He heard me. The room filled with His Presence and He saved me unto Himself for the purpose of growing into greater things. Jesus, in an instant, became both Savior and Lord of my life. [Tweet "I was thirsty for Him. To know Him. To live for Him."] And to raise the infant boy … [Read more...]

3 Wise Words for Wimpy Days When Things Get Too Hot

A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, "OCCUPY till I come." But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, "We will not have this man to reign over us." Luke 19:12-14 Smh! End of that … [Read more...]

Psalm 33: Take Heart, World!

Tough couple of weeks, World?            There's a whole lotta nasty goin' on! Headlines and newsfeeds filling your mind and heart with confusion, fear, and anxiety?            Talking heads with lying tongues and feet running swiftly to violence will do that. Well, here's some health and wisdom for soul and spirit. I'm meditating on these … [Read more...]

When Writers Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12: 27 NKJV [Tweet "Retreat in a verdant garden setting is always welcome to this writer's heart."] I long for lingering moments in contemplation of the glories of Creation and the … [Read more...]

Life as a Fixer-Upper Journal Challenge

My feet hit the floor with an "ooff"! I rarely awake with a "let's get to it!" Mornings are tough for this little chick. I was bleary-eyed from binge watching Chip and Joanna of Fixer-Uppers on Netflix til midnight. Waking up would take some time. I went to bed dreaming of gutting my own little cottage which, based on the condition of the homes I … [Read more...]

Creative License in the Beehive

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead . . . Romans 1:20 My creative writing transformed when I discovered Romans 1:20 in my mid-20's. I awoke to biblical truth. The phrase "clearly seen being understood by the things that … [Read more...]

Journal Prompts for Life in the Beehive

The whole idea of bees and the place they have in Creation has always fascinated me. In recent years I have taken an interest in the plight of beekeepers suffering the loss of hives by the thousands. Much has been documented and debated as to what is causing whole hives to die. A proliferation of GMO’s and chemical farming, posturing as increasing … [Read more...]

The Centurion’s Monologue: Who Are You at the Cross?

The following is an excerpt from Ripened, Restive, and Risen: A Resurrection Meditation. It's one of many Easter dramas that I've written and directed over some 30 years. I produced this play for Calvary Chapel Vineland in the spring of 2010--a reboot from a choir cantata drama that I originally wrote and directed for First Family Church in … [Read more...]

How to Make a Cameo Impression

Some things never change. Like my own love of old things and the stories they tell. Pictures from my childhood record my efforts to make my 1960's attire look Victorian. I wanted to look like the Gibson Girl of the 1890's, though I didn't have the hair for it. I was fascinated by sketches of fashion and beauty in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, … [Read more...]

New Word~New Year~Part 2: Go Forth!

Week 2 of 2016 already has my head in a tailspin and my anxiety levels tempted to overload.  Last week, in Part 1 of the introduction to my word for the new year, I explained how I "got my joy back in 2015" with a review of past years, their words, and the lessons learned along the way. My 2015 journey to walk in Unbridled Joy was almost a … [Read more...]

New Year . . . New Word . . . Part 1

I used to have all my Christmas decorations binned and stored away before stepping back into the workweek after New Year's Day. Not so much anymore. I'm taking my time with all those pretties I set up on Black Friday. Barely had a month to enjoy them. Over 30 years of memories and a palette of festive fun enlighten my home throughout December. … [Read more...]

When Bells Ring Wild and Sweet

I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play And wild and sweet Their words repeat Of peace on earth Good will towards men                    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Bells.  Historically, bells have been used to draw attention to a moment. Bells marking time. The hour of the day or night. From clock … [Read more...]

A Thankful Heart: Thanksgiving Part 5

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

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

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

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

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...]

Pilgrims, Soapboxes, Teapots, and Podcasts

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...]

Podcast #2: When the Pageant Wagon Comes to Town

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...]

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

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...]