Podcast #17: Excerpt from Fragrant Fields

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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

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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...]

Life as a Fixer-Upper Journal Challenge

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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...]

Journal Prompts for Life in the Beehive

Bugaboo-Bee's Bop: Patience for the Prize

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...]

RJD Farewell and Greater Things

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Were that the days possessed more hours. Or weeks more days. Perhaps then, we would be able to accomplish all that our hearts burst to create! But, alas! Our lives are mere seconds slipping away and where does the time go. The month . . . the year . . . closes. Our inventory of dreams fulfilled and tasks completed are never meet to our desires. … [Read more...]

Using Journals to Re-Write Inspirational Chocolate

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Epilogue to “The Story”

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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...]

Ruminations on “The Story”

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It's Random Journal Day with our own Enthusiastic Dawn and I am feeling the conviction of making time for my long ignored blog to post something of relevance to this Holy Week. My days are not my own since publishing my book--far too many details for all the hats I'm wearing as an independent publisher. I am weary. AND--I miss blogging . . . for … [Read more...]

Remembering that Rose

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So it's March and it's snowing and I have purposely put my snowmen and all things wintertime decor away in their storage bins, tucking them in the basement until next year. Bring on the SPRINGTIME! My home is awash in bunnies and tulips and baby chicks and plenty of floral arrangements in anticipation of this weekend's time change and … [Read more...]

Collected Clippings: Cutting It for My Art Journal

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You know how it's just the coolest thing in the world to get a brand new box of crayons, open the lid, and take a good whiff? Isn't "new crayon smell" the easiest transport technique to connecting with our way-back childhood? That--and glue. And, the sound of a zippered pencil case. And the sensation of a clean slice of drawing paper or--better … [Read more...]

Welcome March – Goodbye Rose

March - the month when spring finally makes her long awaited entrance!  A new season to take joy in God's creation!! With rushing winds and gloomy skies The dark and stubborn winter dies; Far-off, unseen, spring faintly cries, Bidding her earliest child arise; MARCH!   Bayard Taylor OH!  If you've been following my January rose post . . … [Read more...]

February Rose Sonnet

Well, readers - yet another month has passed and we are well into winter with all her bizarre thermostatic ups and downs.  Just four days ago - it was 60 degrees here in Southern New Jersey - then the cold winds came and blustered about, swelling freezing temperatures, once again.  This morning - we awoke to a carpet of glorious white draping all … [Read more...]

January Rose

My January Rose Frozen in pose Notwithstanding my frozen nose Nor my heavily booted toes Why art thou in bud?     Since the fall You have braved tall Through wind, rain, and all Remaining still small   Wilt thou ever bloom?   The winter chill Keeps you dwarfed to nil In vibrant color you thrill Pink with promise until . . … [Read more...]