Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week

I love this and it’s made special given it’s Lent .

the crafty lady in combat boots

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Cardinal of Hope

On a day that is bleak, though there’s a new fallen snow,

You fret and you ponder which way you should go.

You haven’t the heart to believe anymore

That the plans He has made would your own faith restore.

You’ve struggled and tried to use your own power

To understand things before the right hour.

But Jesus replies, “Rest in my unending grace.

Know my love and purpose is surely is place.

I will not leave you nor forsake you my child,

Your faith is the fabric put on in the trial.

So trust in me daughter and lean not on you,

For the secret lies deep in the pain you go through.

Acknowledge me daily with every heart cry,

And I will show you the answer to “Why?”

The fruit you produce in obedience will

One day be a legacy your…

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New Kid on the Block

Everyone knows that I am publishing my Jack Learns to Grill Book. I’m super excited (and I haven’t used that phrase in years!) to say that I have uploaded the manuscript and except for a few small issues I am done. These issues involve placement of the illustrations so the words fit the way they are supposed to. I can’t wait til it’s out!

In the meantime, however, I have begun another book – one for adults. I have to admit , I am having such fun writing it and it is about church. That’s all I know right now. I’m not sure in which direction it is going, but I really am enjoying writing it. And really, that’s what happens when I get in a writing mood- I just never know what might come out.

I have two more Jack books to publish and then I hope to have this new kid on the block shaping up into another one to publish. All I can tell you is that it is about a conservative Christian lady who is about to have her world turned upside down when she least expects it. The rest is every bit a mystery to me!

Writing is like having a baby, I think. It takes 9 months for that baby to be perfected. Growing pains for mother and child alike. Whether the writing time is long or short, I can guarantee the growing pains are there as well. Write, revise, revise, write some more. And when it’s time to deliver either the baby or the book, the joy is overwhelming . That’s about where I am just now . That’s where I hope to be for a long time to come.

I can’t wait to see what happens next. Can you?

Just One More Illustration to Send Out

My book is almost a reality! I just sent most of the illustrations to my friend, Jackie Smith, author of Cemetery Tours , Between Worlds, upcoming Boy Band and the third installment of Cemetery Tours. She is helping me format the book and I couldn’t be more grateful.

The illustrations for “Jack Learns to Grill” are amazing. My friend, Tana Jacks did a marvelous job of capturing Jack’s personality along with my husband’s , other dogs and even my personality. I get to have pink hair in the book and I’m very excited about that! How did she know I’ve always wanted pink hair?

Originally, my book was set to come out today, on my dad’s birthday, my granddaughter’s birthday and the day my sister passed away. It’s okay. I think now my book needs to have a day of its own. One that can be celebrated just for what it is and what it represents. The Jack Learns series of books are ones that teach tolerance towards others  and I want it to succeed on it’s own.

Meanwhile, I have one more illustration to send to Miss Jackie. It was going to be the cover of the book and is much bigger than the others, so I must shrink it down to send. I’m hoping I can just enlarge the illustration for the cover instead. We’ll see.

Thanks for staying tuned to my new project.  I’ll announce the release date soon!



Chapel Hill Murders

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Chapel Hill Murders

Trying to parse whether the senseless killing of three young Muslims at an apartment complex in Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC was a hate crime or a dispute over parking is an exercise in futility and a distinction without a difference. These three young people are dead in either case. Only a person full of hate could perpetrate such a heinous and outrageous crime against humanity. This chinless monster known as Craig Stephen Hicks is an abysmal human being living a life of quiet desperation collecting guns and burning a slow hate filled fuse. He was a ticking time bomb waiting to go off and the parking dispute was the detonator that set him off. What can we learn from this hideous crime? One, tolerance of intolerance is evil. We should always condemn bigotry in all its forms, be it racial, gender or religious. Two, this man should never have…

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Feeling a Little Overwhelmed

This week, I received 100 followers on WordPress. Thank you all so much for reading my little epistles. I don’t always have much to  say, but I declare my right to say it all the same! So, thank you for choosing to read my thoughts.

Starting last week, I began the process of publishing my children’s book, “Jack Learns to Grill.”  I am a bit overwhelmed by it all, but my good friend and author Jackie Smith, has helped me every step of the way. I can’t say how grateful I am to her.

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Anyway, Jack of “Jack Learns.. ” books is a real live dingo that I adopted a few years ago. He is a curious, animated dog who is smart and has the warmest heart and the funniest expressions. His hero status in the “Jack Learns…” books is merited by his empathy for those less fortunate than his family, his desire to understand human conditions such as learning differences, bullies and other sides of humanity that encourages him to be proactive towards others. Jack is an amazing friend to those who may not have friends, a cheerleader for the downtrodden and an activist like none we’ve seen in the animal world. I cannot wait for the book to come out  this month.

This illustration of Jack, courtesy of Tana Leone Jacks of Whimsical Pet Portraits, who said “Yes!” to being my illustrator. Oh my gosh! I can’t thank her enough for her patience in working with me. She is certainly amazing. Check out her Whimsical Pet Portraits linked above. She is able to capture a pet’s personality with just a photo. I have three Whimsical Pet Portraits- one of Jack, one of our Pyrenes/Shepherd mix, Buddy and one of my horse, Licorice. She can do yours too!!

So, if you don’t hear from me much during the next couple of weeks, it is because I am feverishly working to get my first book out. I have three other books following “Jack Learns to Grill.”

Thanks again for your readership!