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...]

Podcast #14: Key of Love & Locked Gates

The Key of Love and Locked Iron Gates Miss Bertram longs to pass through a locked gate: Yes, certainly the sun shines and the park looks very cheerful, but unluckily that iron gate . . . gives me a  feeling of restraint and hardship. I cannot get out, as the starling said . . . Jane Austen, excerpt from Chapter 10, Mansfield Park Mansfield … [Read more...]

Podcast #9: Why Reading Aloud as a Family Matters Today

Do you sometimes feel like a fractured family? Too much busy in your lives? The demands of home, work, church, school, activities, relationships, and the complexities of 21st century living keep many modern day families rushing about in opposing directions—especially now that school’s back in session and our summer vacations are just a happy … [Read more...]

Podcast #8: When Mice Make Way for the Lion’s Roar

I am overwhelmed with grief at the seemingly impossible state of affairs manifesting in our nation and the world today. How far our founding landmarks have been removed! I’ve watched them be systematically replaced with evil substitutes over my lifetime of close to six decades long. I see human hearts and minds sent strong delusions, believing … [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...]

Book Retreat & Storytelling Break

As launch month for my latest high concept picture book, Bugaboo-Bee's Bop: Patience for the Prize, comes to a close in the next week, I am taking joy in a job well done. BUT . . . [Tweet "With every job well done, we need to take a break from all the doing."] Just a BLOGGING BREAK, mind you. I have a full plate and just can't eat it all! … [Read more...]

All About St. Patrick at Ruby for Women

Aye, 'tis time to be wearin' the green this week in honor of St. Patrick and the ancient island where saints have tread with not a snake in sight . . . so legends say. There is myth and legend surrounding this fellow from the 5th century, but I think fact is more splendid than fiction. For a number of years I've shared some of the facts of … [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...]

Just a Little Pink to Start the New Year Right

We've all been sharing our "words" for the new year.  I have exhausted my audience with my ramblings on the subject in a two part post kick-off to the new year. You can read the long version in Part 1, and then follow-up with the exciting sequel in Part 2. BUT--for all our pinkies out there--a little something special. You see, my word for this … [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...]

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...]

Ruby for Women Holiday 2015 Issue

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

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

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...]

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...]

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...]

RJD: The Quotables Journal

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...]

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...]