Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

Last sentenced worked on in All or Nothing:

Throughout his life, some of the people he'd trusted most had lied, and some of the people he'd trusted least had spoken the truth.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Quote

There are times in your life when you realize that no matter what you do for some people it will never be good enough. The question is, is that your problem or theirs? ~ Power of Positivity

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:8

Exalt her (wisdom), and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


God's mercy


Writing and editing and all the craziness involved

Authors who inspire me

Family and friends who enrich my life


Sunshine and rain

Fuzzy blankets

Delicious food



Dogs and horses

God's love

Friday, November 25, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter is a Regency Christian romance, my kind of book. I featured the prequel novella earlier. I enjoy her characters and storytelling. I've added Kristi Ann Hunter to my Favorite Authors list, which means I collect all their books in paperback, if possible.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

The most recent sentence added to "All or Nothing":

"Okay, Lord, what's next."

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Quote

"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling 'darkness' on the wall of his cell." ~ C. S. Lewis

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saturday Links

Kristen Heitzmann shared Evil Spellcheck:

Beholding Him Ministries shares wonderful inspirational quotes on their blog on "Wisdom Wednesday":

God bless.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede shares the stories of some of the people diverted to Gander on 9/11 and the towns that cared for them. Remarkable.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Musical Thursday

I confess: This song immediately brings to mind cartoons, more particularly Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Cartoons used classics for their background music because there was no copyright. This particular rendition on YouTube includes a history of Liszt. Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

From All or Nothing, the last sentence worked on, edits still in progress (closer):

Stars sparkled and winked all across the midnight sky. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Quote

“If you are searching for that person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.” ~ Papberry

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:5-6

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday Links

Donna Hatch shared a blog post on "The King's Theatre, London." Friends took me to see "Les Miserable," the newest sensation to hit the stage and still unheard of in America. Powerful. I returned home unable to find anything. Then a Kennedy Center special featured their pick for the upcoming musical of the year. Colm Wilkinson sang "Bring Him Home." I still cry, even at the thought.

Donna is also having a Book Giveaway for US Military Personnel November 18 - December 1:

God bless.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

This dedication is found in my more recent Holiday, USA series: Thank you to John McDougall, Chaplain, U.S. Army, for giving me permission to mention his book, Jesus Was an Airborne Ranger. It inspired and strengthened me in my battle to follow my Commander, the Warrior Jesus.

In his book, I found the Jesus I recognized, powerful and compassionate, courageous as a lion and gentle as a lamb, a fighter and filled with limitless love. Like many, I grew up hearing about the babe in a manger, meek, mild, gentle, long-suffering, merciful, all good things and yet... Though I knew He was all powerful, all knowing, all everything good, something was missing.

A few books gave me a peek into a different Jesus. The movie Passion of the Christ touched on what I was beginning to recognize. Jesus' love demanded more. He doesn't simply want me to give everything to Him, He demands I give him everything. I'm holding my fist full of dirt and crying because it's all I have. If I let it go, my hand will be empty. In my head, I know Jesus offers more, but I'm only a child. He begs me to release the dirt. He's even told me what He wants to give me, everything. It's a difficult concept for a child to comprehend.

At the same time, I'm battling dragons like abuse. I know Jesus is able to heal me, but how can the peaceful Jesus I'd known all my life appreciate my fight?

A few years ago, I read Lone Survivor. What Murphy did for his friends is what Jesus did for us. My part is to draw the line in the dirt and drag myself that far like Luttrell, until rescue comes. I've wanted to quit more times than I can count, but I kept drawing that line. Make it a little further, even when it was only inches.

Gradually, I discovered the warrior Christ. He calmed the storm and crushed the serpent's head.

I read God's Word a little differently now. He knew what I'd be facing. He admonished me to put on the whole armor of God, breastplate, shield, helmet, sword. Those are battle clothes. He knew, and He warned me, and He provided what I'd need.

On this Veterans' Day, I thank the warriors who have fought the wars of this world so that I could live in freedom, allowing me to pursue the Warrior Jesus, my hope and my refuge, my Savior and my King.
It is for freedom that veterans have fought. I pray I never take their sacrifices for granted.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Musical Thursday

Most people will recognize this piece of music but may not know the name. From Carmina Burana ~ O Fortuna by Carl Orff performed by Andre.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

The last sentence I worked on, tonight, from All or Nothing Holiday, USA series #10:

"...My sister spelled it out for me."


Monday, November 7, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 4:4

He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Saturday Links

Kristen Heitzmann shared "Remakes" on Christian Reads. Clever.

I follow Mark Divine, the founder of SEALfit. In this blog entry, he answers questions asked on social media. The one that struck me was the last on handling anger.

God bless.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Favorite Book Friday

Highland Call (The Highlander series Book 2) by Sharon Gillenwater one of two books, Regency Highlander Christian Romance. Sharon is one of my favorite authors and on my list of Must Read.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Musical Thursday

One year, I bought season tickets to the opera. Never again. Sorry, never been an opera fan. One of the performances was from "The Ring." I knew one pieces of music. No one warned me it came in the last act of the evening, after the second intermission. It was after ten, and I wasn't leaving until I heard what I'd come to hear: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tuesday Tidbit

From All or Nothing, novella 10 of the Holiday, USA series, the last line I worked on while editing:

Maybe it was, and maybe he was spiraling into a sentimental sap.