Christmas Memories that Linger

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My Christmas tree is full of memories. This little snowman was made for me by the young daughter of one of our preachers more than twenty years ago, but I still think of Ana every time I hang it on the tree. That’s how Christmas memories are. They come back to mind each year and I appreciate many of you …

Christmas Beginnings and Christmas Endings

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This little heart that hangs on my Christmas tree says “Live well. Laugh often. Love much.” Great advice at any time but maybe especially at Christmas when we gather with family and share so many memories of Christmases together. I’ve got a couple more memorable Christmas stories to share with you this week. The first from Erin is about a …

Home for Christmas

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It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul. ~Caroline Kennedy It’s been fun reading all of …

The Best Gifts

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The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. (Burton Hills) That’s what many of the people who are sending me Christmas stories with their entries into my Christmas Giveaay are saying. Family and friends – that’s the best thing about Christmas. But sometimes gifts come into …

How a Squirrel Saved the Day

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Did you sing that along with me? No, we don’t have snow although we might see a snowflake this weekend. That will be a change after short sleeve weather yesterday. Anyway, no big snow yet. This picture is from a winter four years ago. I wanted to find a picture of a …

A Season of Thanksgiving

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Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. (William Arthur Ward) I do feel thankful that I have been blessed in so many ways throughout my life. At our church Sunday, we had the opportunity to speak up and name some of our blessings and reasons for thanksgiving. Many of us could have …

New Book – Freak of the Week

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Books come in all sizes for all types of readers. I’ve jumped around in some of those types. I’ve written for the general market and the Christian market. I’ve written for young adults and for middle readers. I’ve even written a picture book that hasn’t made it out to readers yet. I’ve written historical romance, mysteries, Shaker stories and family …

Thanksgiving Feasts and Recipes

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Thanksgiving is coming. Just a week away. How that’s possible, I don’t know. 2016 just flew by. And now here we are on the doorstep of holiday time. Christmas trees. Presents. Snow. But first we pause to count our blessings on Thanksgiving. One of those blessings might be a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner with plenty of favorite foods. What are some …

Winning Books Can Be Fun

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My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water. ~Mark Twain I love books. I’ve had a love affair with books ever since I learned to read and even more so, after I learned to write. Well, I’m not sure I ever actually learned to write. I just started putting one word after …