When Seasons Change, God Does Not

Sneezing my way into the change of seasons. Yes--it's that time of year again when I have a head stuffed with more than words and ideas. In fact, it is so stuffed, I can barely think this week--let alone write. So, I thought I'd peruse some of my post drafts to see if there was something I might, with little effort, turn to inspiration for a … [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...]

Book Review: The Bard and the Bible

I did my research before going to the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference this summer, and was delighted to see that writer, Bob Hostetler, would be serving on the teaching faculty this year. I knew his name well as co-author of a book that was indispensable to me twenty years ago when I was teaching and serving in youth ministry, … [Read more...]

Patriots, Petticoats, and Providential History

PROVIDEN'TIAL, adjective Effected by the providence of God; referable to divine providence; proceeding from divine direction or superintendence; as the providential contrivance of things; a providential escape from danger. How much are we indebted to God's unceasing providential care! Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the English Language I … [Read more...]

Renewed by the Bay Shore ~ Remembering a Friend

I haven't been to the marshes for a couple of years. Not since the loss of our dear friend, David Lord. We shared many delights in books and reading together. He was a gifted naturalist who often took us bird watching in the marshland by the Delaware Bay. He loved the glories of God in Creation housed in the famous Pinelands of Southern New … [Read more...]

Vintage Hats: The Fashions of a Woman’s Heart

May and June come each year with a whirl of activity - not the least of which being the season for Mother/Daughter Banquets. That means speaking engagements for me where I'm invited to share memorable thoughts about beauty and womanhood.  So, I had to "bring out the girls." That's what I call my vintage hat collection.  My parade of lovely … [Read more...]

Ruby For Women and Warm Hands

February arrives with a statement: We are well and truly into 2016 and no looking back but for the lessons learned in 2015. Hearts and flowers and patriotic Presidents, not to mention Punxsutawney Phil, are the icons we mark this month with. Cupids and Valentine cards and perhaps even a crocus peeking up out of the ground by the end of this … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode #5: The Gatekeeper’s Key

GO! That’s my word for 2016.  Go forth. It is a daunting invitation. But, when I am invited to GO, by the Gatekeeper of my life, I am invited to seize the treasuries and supplies in God’s house. He invites me to pass through the gate, crossing the threshold of my portal to potential—the field of my hopes and dreams . . . and God’s will for my … [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...]

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...]

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...]

My Ruby for Women Debut

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...]

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...]

Bold and Daring Designs in a Comfort Zone World

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

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

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...]

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

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...]