Building A Platform Without Personal Pain

As writers, we are all encouraged to develop a platform—an online presence to help us market our work. But there can be a dark side to platform building that the experts rarely address....more


 When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. --Gilbert K. Chesterson ...more

40-Days Of Contemplation and A Give-Away!

Many people don't realize my husband was a minister for over 20 years. That's right-- a church minister. During that time, he served in two independent congregations as the senior pastor....more

The Notepads: Spontaneous Notes of Intimacy Within A Family

If you look at the area by the phone in our kitchen, I’m embarrassed to admit you will usually find a disorganized mess of pens, miscellaneous mail, postage stamps, scissors, a glue stick and several notepads....more

Me and My Non-Smart Phone (The Day I Realized that I'm a Fuddy-Duddy)

My kids swear that we are the last people on earth to not have a data plan with our phone service. They might be right too. Having just a regular cell phone—texting option only—is such a rarity that when I recently tried to replace my old phone, the Pink Dinosaur, as my daughter called it, I couldn’t. AT&T offered only one model of phone without data plans. I call it extortion, a phone company’s empire forcing me to comply with their money-making scheme. My kids call it keeping up with the times. ...more
Ginny Marie Pecked2DeathByChckns Oh my goodness, completely forgot about those. I never owned a ...more

Shut Up And Just Say Thank You

To quote an over-quoted Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”  ...more
Thanks for the share. Learning to receive in gracious humility was a hard lesson I'm hoping to ...more

Mountains From The Window View

I love to take photographs. Pictures inspire my imagination and refresh my soul. A camera allows me see with my heart, not just my eyes. I took these pictures from inside the car as we traveled on Saturday. Snapping pictures from a moving vehicle is always a challenge, but I like how the view from the lens centers my focus....more

50, Fit and Fabulous: Week Four