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Calling all Jesus freaks

A quotation I just swiped from The Wartburg Watch:  “I’m only here on Earth to serve God. I never had a career.  I don’t care about commercialism.  I have a ministry and I’ll fight for the ministry.”  — Larry Norman Anything from Larry Norman hooks my attention immediately.  He was a major figure in the Jesus Movement, one of the…

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Reading Josephine Tey again

For a week I’ve done right-handed typing only, my left arm being in a sling after a collision with the very hard border of a sand volleyball court.  One-handed typing is easier than, say, one-legged walking, so I’m trying not to complain. One of the blessings of this situation is that it gives me a built-in excuse for abandoning my…

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Suwanee Festival of Books

To all my friends in the metro Atlanta area: Come on out to the Suwanee Festival of Books today.  It’s free, and it runs today and tomorrow.  It’s only their first year, but they’ve rounded up a great slate of authors already. The keynote speaker is Terry Kay, who wrote To Dance with the White Dog.  He’ll be speaking at…

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Oh, darn. My TBR list just grew.

At the Internet Monk, Jeff Dunn is leading a  discussion about favorite novels. Okay, so I’m a day late and a dollar short.  The discussion was raging a couple of days ago, but I was busy traveling.  I haven’t caught up with laundry, much less with my favorite blogs. Friendly lists of must-read authors make me page-hungry inside.   G.K….

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Random bunch o’ lists

In a few days, I’ll be home again.  Back to my usual routine.  Using my real computer instead of this cranky little laptop.  I might even have some coherent thoughts by the end of the week.  For now, I’ll rely on the blogger’s best friend, a random bunch o’ lists: What I’ll miss when I leave California:  Family, of course. …

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Back to my hometown library

I’m visiting family in California and getting some work done too, usually in the wee hours when the house is quiet.  During the daylight hours, I’ve renewed my acquaintance with my home state’s laid-back ways.  It’s a treat to drive among motorists who stick to the speed limit, mostly.  They’re spoiling me. California has its drawbacks, of course.  Black widow…

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“Back on Murder”

I’ve always enjoyed reading mysteries with well-rounded characterizations and themes that go deeper than the simple “Whodunnit?” questions.  For instance, James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux stories are memorable not only for Burke’s  inimitable voice but also for the eternal questions that he raises in stories that are ostensibly just about murders on a Louisiana bayou. J. Mark Bertrand’s Back on…

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Happy endings

I’ve been writing and thinking about some heavy topics lately, most of them related to the issues that come up my novel.  The revised manuscript is in my editor’s hands, and I’m taking a short break from writing. But not from reading.  Ever.  At the request of my pastor’s wife, I’m about to dive into some stories that revolve around…

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Freedom for Quivering Daughters

True confession:  I’m a Bible-believing Christian, but I have deliberately broken the laws of the land.  I have engaged in illegal homeschooling.  I didn’t have a teaching certificate in a state that required one.  That might not sound too radical, but we lived in fear of losing custody of our children until Michigan relaxed its laws. Maybe it was civil…

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The latest from my to-be-read pile

I love my library’s online catalog.  I ransack it from my own home, request books, and pick them up when I’m notified via email that they’ve come in.  I’m like a kid in a candy store, but the candy is free.  And I have little self-control. Some of the titles from my latest haul: Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace), Major…

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