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Cool and green and shady

My husband and I went for a long walk yesterday afternoon, across a big tract of county-owned land that will probably become a park someday.  It already has nice walking trails that lead to a creek. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, the greenery, and the sounds of running water. We did not especially enjoy the bugs, but that’s summertime…

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Wednesday miscellany

Having no brilliant new thoughts of my own today, I’ll give you a few links that you might find helpful and/or enjoyable. One of my favorite blogs is Go Pop Go!  Pop often posts fantastic-sounding recipes for the grill and other fun stuff, but his current Random Religious Ramblings include good thoughts on narcissism vs. altruism, God’s judgment, and how…

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Launch party! More pics later.

Thanks to Books for Less and my wonderful friends, When Sparrows Fall had a wonderful launch party yesterday. The woman in black is my daughter, who handled the raffle tickets for the gift baskets.  The winners are Maria Trapp and Maureen Hardegree. Now I’m out the door to church and then to the “Barefoot in the Park” festival at the…

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A visit with author Allison Pittman

I met Allison Pittman at a writers’ retreat and felt right at home with her. I think you will too. Please pull up a chair and join the conversation. Q&A with author of Lilies in Moonlight ALLISON PITTMAN   1)      When did you first start writing, and what was your journey towards becoming a published author? My first novel, Ten…

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Thoughts from Susan Meissner

I hope I’ll have a chance to meet Susan Meissner someday.  She’s an award-winning novelist who lives in California. Today she has a brief but lovely guest post for us.  You can visit Susan at her website, where she has links to more of her writing. If these walls by Susan Meissner Step into any house where a significant but…

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The Writers Alley

The Writers Alley has a guest post up from yours truly, thanks to Casey Herringshaw.  The post is mostly fodder for fellow writers, but normal people might want to read it too.  It’s about being sure of what you want to write before you spend weeks, months, or years writing the wrong thing. I forgot to offer Casey a copy…

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Of home, hospice, and callings

I just spent a month in California, helping my sister with our mother’s in-home hospice care.  At first we thought Mom had only days to live, but she’s stable now and might have months left. I’m torn.  Part of me wants to be back there, enjoying more precious time with Mom.  Part of me wants to be here.  Home.  Catching…

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Pioneer Woman review

This morning, I woke up to a Facebook message from my friend Carla Fredd, letting me know the Pioneer Woman blog has posted a very nice review of my novel, When Sparrows Fall.  This is a big deal, considering the popularity of the Pioneer Woman, and I’m especially happy because the reviewer is a homeschool mom like me.  (My kids…

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Comin’ for to carry her home

Comin’ for to carry her home

You might have noticed lately that I’ve been neglecting my blog even more than usual.  Here’s why. My elderly mom started in-home hospice care a few weeks ago, here at my sister’s house.  Mom was an artist in her younger days and found beauty everywhere.  Now, her view of the world is limited by what her failing eyes can see…

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Prayers for Japan

I’d planned to get a ton of work done this morning but now I can’t tear my eyes away from TV coverage of Japan’s quake and tsunami. No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.  If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the…

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