Back-to-School with a Jane Austen Book Review

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Labor Day weekend means the bins come up from the basement and my house gets a decorative uptick to the next season. In September that means FALL! I deep clean the furnishings and pack away all the red, white, and blue Americana decor for the switch-out to faux fall leaves, bowls of cinnamon smells, pumpkin gourds, and scarecrows. Then, the … [Read more...]

Book Retreat & Storytelling Break

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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...]

Creative License in the Beehive

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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...]

All About St. Patrick at Ruby for Women

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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...]

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...]

Podcast Episode #5: The Gatekeeper’s Key

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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...]

Just a Little Pink to Start the New Year Right

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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!

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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

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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...]

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

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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...]

Literary Retreat to Green Gables

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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...]

Teacup Exchange Reveal: A Welcome Respite

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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...]

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...]