Getting rid of things is not getting rid of people

Anyone else get paralyzed by decluttering? By staring at that old, ratty thing that you’ve had in a box for years, but can’t throw away or donate because of memories, guilt, or because you’d hauled it around for 28 years and it seems ludicrous to finally dump it now? On the other hand, I look … Continue reading Getting rid of things is not getting rid of people

Why in the world am I giving away my books for free?

As I've done with my other books, I'm offering Book 5, Safety Assured Leaving East of Medicetti for free as a .pdf file on my website. No, this makes absolutely no financial sense whatsoever. It's the second place I'm offering it for free (Smashwords has the download for free) and when Amazon notices, it too will … Continue reading Why in the world am I giving away my books for free?

Book 5 IS HERE! Get it in e-book or paperback!

It's HERE! Safety Assured Leaving East of Medicetti, Book 5 is now available as an e-book ($.99) and in paperback ($13.50) (soon to be as a paperback on Amazon, too). You can also find it on Smashwords for FREE!   (Why for free? When you read Chapter 13, I think you'll understand. "Freely given, freely shared." And … Continue reading Book 5 IS HERE! Get it in e-book or paperback!

Book 5 teaser–Refuse to see the shining light

They will also refuse to acknowledge the darkness, even as they crash around blindly.  The ancient Israelite prophet Isaiah wrote: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20) I can't bear to list … Continue reading Book 5 teaser–Refuse to see the shining light

How to cancel your Mother’s Day Guilt Trip with “Moments of Perfection”

The following was written by my mother,  Yvonne Neufeldt Strebel, in 1984. She delivered this talk in church on Mother’s Day.  I found this speech in my dad's journal, and reproduced it here, to show that fear of not measuring up as a mom has been around for at least 32 years. “Mother’s Day”—the very … Continue reading How to cancel your Mother’s Day Guilt Trip with “Moments of Perfection”