Category: perspective

  • Remembering Grandpa by Creating Him

    Remembering Grandpa by Creating Him

    We stood in the basement of my grandma’s old house, the place I visited every Sunday afternoon as a child. I was now an adult. While I knew she had passed away years ago, as had the man with me, the moment felt so real. The security of his arms around me, the steady rise […]

  • Review of The Beat on Ruby’s Street by Jenna Zark

    Synopsis: The last thing eleven-year-old Ruby Tabeata expected to happen on her way to a Jack Kerouac reading was to be hauled to the police station. It’s 1958 and Ruby is the opposite of a 1950s stereotype: fierce, funny and strong willed, she is only just starting to chart her course in a family of […]

  • Old Family Pictures & Genealogy: Our Connection to the Past

    I can still remember sitting at the dining room table in my grandma’s house and looking at old family pictures. Those days were at least 25 years ago now. When you’re a kid, time almost seems to stand still. Those Sunday afternoons at Grandma’s house seemed like they would never end. Now I cannot believe […]

  • Review of Dark Territory by Jerry Hunter

    Summary: From the Civil War battlefields of England and Ireland to a mystery lost in the forests of North America, this is both a roaring adventure and a timely commentary on the dangers of religious extremism. Rhisiart Dafydd is a zealous Roundhead who embraces Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army and the violence it entails. But […]

  • What’s Holding You Back from Your Dreams?

    What’s Holding You Back from Your Dreams?

    Everyone has dreams, and I don’t mean the kind you have at night when your mind slips into an unconscious state. When you’re asked what your dreams are, what do you say? Do you freeze up, unable to articulate your dreams because you claim you aren’t sure? I’m not a betting person, but I’m willing […]

  • No Regrets in Life

    No Regrets in Life

    You’ve heard it said before: have no regrets. You’ve probably also found yourself alone with your maddening thoughts, maddening both as in crazy and provoking anger. Your lovely mind has this magical ability to conjure out of nowhere every past fault, failure, and fracture. But such thoughts do have a hiding place. They lurk in […]

  • Do you love Christmas enough to celebrate it year round?

    Do you love Christmas enough to celebrate it year round?

    A good and dear friend of mine has a blog entitled Yuletide Blessings, which aims to do so. Discussions and blog posts are about traditions, recipes, crafts, books, and more. Please visit the link below to read her review of a Christmas-themed novel and view the website further. My thoughts on Christmas books are also […]

  • Why Perseverance Matters

    Why Perseverance Matters

    It’s a new year. While the topic of this blog may have the feel of a resolution, I believe we can choose to start a new habit anytime. But really, what better time to speak about perseverance? The gym is packed with people who will fade away before the month is over. I will still […]

  • The Year in Review…and Looking Forward

    The Year in Review…and Looking Forward

    In 2017, I… finished two manuscripts (third and fourth) began working on my fifth manuscript edited my second manuscript with the help of my writers group published my second book attended a writers conference got feedback from an agent on 10 pages of my writing wrote my first short story in a new genre for […]

  • Out-Poured

      When darkness claims the day, And sadness won’t go away, When God seems so far, And clouds cover every star, When doubt and fear close in, And you feel you just can’t win, When friends are lost, And you don’t know the cost, That’s when faith can grow, And God’s light will show. It’s […]