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
For my recent birthday, a dear friend sent me an Amazon gift card. My teenage daughter saw it and said, “Ooh, lucky you! What do you want?” For the first time in my life I could honestly say, “I can’t think of anything that I want.” Victory! Ok, I know that’s a weird response, but … Continue reading The best birthday present: realizing I didn’t WANT anything!
While I was getting fingerprinted yesterday, I realized I had a lot of apologies to make. No, I hadn’t committed any crime, except for becoming a substitute teacher for a local high school. Which means I remembered my high school years and the way I behaved. No, I wasn’t smoking in the east parking lot, … Continue reading To all my high school teachers 30 years ago–I’m so very, very sorry
It’s getting harder to teach my children civility when they see mature adults deliberately flouting the law. Like right here: We were at the grocery store waiting for my daughter when a seemingly healthy man around 60 and wearing nice vacation clothes pulled his Subaru up to this sign. I watched as he eyed it, … Continue reading They may do that, but we do NOT
My five-year-old is currently in the dungeon. Well, others might call it a “basement” but with the damp floor and that smell which permeates every inch of the concrete and rock down there, we’re calling it a dungeon. He’s chosen to be there, because that’s where his dad’s and brothers’ Warhammer 40k figurines are set … Continue reading Dungeons, spiders, and kittens–what terrifies you?