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Snow in Georgia

Okay, this is highly unimpressive when I compare it to the snow we experienced during our years in Michigan. Here in Georgia, though, it’s enough to snarl traffic and close schools.

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The Saints, the French, and the Google ad

How ’bout them Saints?  How ’bout them ads? Football isn’t my favorite sport (Go, Wings!) but I do like a good Super Bowl party.  My daughter and her husband opened their home to a mixed bag of Saints fans and Colts fans.  I rooted for the Saints because I’m partial to underdogs. My favorite ad was Google’s “Parisian Love Story.”…

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Eyes on the prize

I’ve been thinking about endings–of movies, of novels.   Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the ending of Green Card, with Andie MacDowell and Gerard Depardieu.  A movie that could almost make me love a Frenchman. (Do we need a spoiler alert for a movie that came out in 1990?  Nah.  But there it is anyway.) Our hero is Georges, a…

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Writer’s Block

We’ve just come out of a record cold snap. For a day or two, Atlanta had lower temperatures than Anchorage. It wasn’t the kind of weather we were expecting when my husband built a fishpond and waterfalls in the back yard. It was odd to see fish swimming around under the ice. After a few days and nights of sub-freezing…

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Earthquake in Haiti

The news from Haiti is horrifying. A friend of mine from church had been planning to fly there this week to film footage for a ministry that works there. I was hugely relieved to hear that he hadn’t left for Haiti yet. He’s still safe at home with his loved ones. Countless Haitians have no home, no safety, no word…

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Writing is work

Mucking out the office is never fun, but it’s done. I moved piles of useless papers into the trash. Books onto bookshelves. (Fancy that!) Notes, articles, and paperwork into files. Old manuscripts into the closet. Current manuscripts into neat stacks on the proper shelves. As I was digging my way through the bookshelves, I ran across a slender little book…

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

I think I’ve just figured out why I love Advent more than I love Christmas. Christmas is great, of course, especially when my eyes are on Jesus, not on shopping malls or home decor. It’s a joyous celebration. But then it’s over. The tree comes down, the leftovers from Christmas dinner fill the fridge, the truly awful gifts are set…

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Down with umbrellas

We’ve had a ton of rain lately, thank God. Atlanta’s drought is officially over. I was pushing my shopping cart out of the grocery store the other day in the middle of a downpour. I don’t own an umbrella. There was no sense in trying to hide from the rain, so I kept my head up–and a huge flock of…

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Sherrie and Dee, hats and chats

Some of my friends have heard me speak of Sherrie Lord, who mentored me when I was first trying to figure out how on earth to write a novel. Sherrie and I attended the Colorado Christian Writers Conference last month, had a blast, and came away stoked to write new projects. She’s a fabulous brainstormer and a great roommate. She…

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Off to Colorado

I’m off to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference this morning. (Yeah, so why am I blogging?) I’ve got a book by Adam Sexton for airport reading (Master Class in Fiction Writing: Techniques from Austen, Hemingway, and Other Greats) and comfortable shoes. I’m looking forward to a reunion with my good friend Sherrie Lord, who put me up to going. If…

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