There's the notion of the family-changers, the cycle-breakers, the ones who look at a long line of behavior and/or abuses and decide, "This is not a legacy I will continue. My children's lives will be markedly different than mine." It's the realization that just because you were treated one way doesn't mean you have to … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser: The best beginning, the ones who change the future
Last week I suddenly was blessed with the opportunity to move into a new rental house, freshly remodeled. At the exact same time, I was also blessed with the opportunity to teach high school English full time, taking over Sophomore English and Creative Writing, and told that I needed to come up with lessons--quick! All … Continue reading No, I haven’t dropped off the earth, but here’s a Really Bad Book in the meantime.
I've discovered the easiest way to decide what's "right" and what's "wrong": by asking, "Am I being forced to accept this?" If someone lays out the facts, then takes a step back to let me ponder and evaluate, then I'm much more inclined to accept their position. But if someone tries to force their ideas … Continue reading Book 7 teaser–Are you being forced or are you allowed to choose?
Last week Senator Diane Feinstein tried to shame a judicial nominee, Amy Barrett, law a professor at Notre Dame and a Catholic mother of seven children, for her religiosity. Feinstein said, “the dogma lives loudly within you.” It was meant as an accusation for Barrett's devotion to her religion. But I can’t imagine great praise … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser–Does “the dogma live loudly within you”?
I had different posting for today, but seeing that southeastern Idaho has been plagued with earthquake swarms (116 as of today, Wednesday), and that there are literally hundreds of wildfires in Montana, Utah, California, Washington, Oregon (let's just say nearly the entire western United States can see smoke in the sky), and that there's another … Continue reading Book 7 teaser–Everyone prepared?
I go walking a few times each week, and yesterday went exploring a quiet, tracked lane by myself. It's not hard to lure me into the woods, and I was surprised to soon find myself on a peninsula with untouched fields of wild blueberries and black berries. And I also found boulders! I felt like … Continue reading Book 7 teaser–He still had a foundation, and something new could be built for him
“Your problem is that you haven’t told God that you need a miracle. Tell him! Demand a miracle!” That was the advice my friend gave me when, seventeen years ago, we were drowning. I was pregnant with my 6th, my husband had lost his job and the part-time job he had in the meantime wasn't … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser: Tell God what you want!
We've learned absolutely nothing. And we're growing stupider. Forgetting our history, we're making the same mistakes we've been making for decades--no, for thousands of years. We repackage every old injustice and sell it as something new. Every rising generation decides it'll be the one to end it, but they use the same flawed techniques of … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser–Force them to see reason
Young Pere is in a world of trouble. Of course, being General Lemuel Thorne's son has a tendency to cause that. It's a tough place to be, not sure whose name to take or whose legacy to follow, especially when playing things just right might mean the world could be yours. Like Young Pere, Book … Continue reading Book 7 is coming! And here’s the title . . .
My 10-year-old said, "I'm bored. What are we doing today?" "NOTHING!" I shouted in delight. "Isn't that amazing!" "So," she said, "we're going nowhere and have nothing to do?" "Isn't that WONDERFUL?!" She frowned but I was grinning. It's been months--maybe even a year--since we've encountered so many quiet days. The frenzy of fixing things … Continue reading In praise of regular days