Need a new read for the New Year? Here’s Book 7, The Soldier in the Middle of the World!

As if the headline doesn't say enough, I'll say it again: IT'S ALIVE! Here's the link! The download is only .99! Thanks for your patience and thank goodness for Christmas vacations, giving me time to get this finished and published. Book 8 is up on my laptop right now, and I have fantasies of getting … Continue reading Need a new read for the New Year? Here’s Book 7, The Soldier in the Middle of the World!

Book 7 Teaser: Why we’re so susceptible to fake news

Because we don't want to think. That's so like, boring. <insert eye-roll> We don't want to study, to research, to ponder, to analyze--we just want to be fed so that we can get back to playing and being entertained, as quickly as possible. Give us easy information, sensational too, because we love to be entertained.   … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser: Why we’re so susceptible to fake news

The semester in which Mahrree Shin suddenly became my mentor

I haven’t been too active on my blog since September, as I’ve mentioned before, because I was offered to teach 10th grade English at a local high school when a teacher suddenly had to leave. The strange thing is, I’d forgotten that I’d given up on the idea of teaching a couple of years ago. … Continue reading The semester in which Mahrree Shin suddenly became my mentor

Book 7 Cover is here! And “The Soldier in the Middle of the World” is nearly ready!

I promise, dear friends, that I have NOT been neglecting Book 7. In the spare minutes I can squeeze out here and there, I've been formatting for printing, and this glorious long Thanksgiving weekend I neglected my teaching job, forgot all about Black Friday shopping, and instead MADE A BOOK COVER! (Again, I used family … Continue reading Book 7 Cover is here! And “The Soldier in the Middle of the World” is nearly ready!

Book 7 Teaser: The best beginning, the ones who change the future

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

Book 7 teaser–Are you being forced or are you allowed to choose?

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?

Book 7 Teaser–Does “the dogma live loudly within you”?

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”?

Book 7 teaser–Everyone prepared?

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?

Book 7 teaser–He still had a foundation, and something new could be built for him

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

Book 7 Teaser: Tell God what you want!

“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!