Blogging Set Me Free to Write

Four years ago, when I closeted myself in a room to sit down and write, I froze. I considered writing to be a solitary craft but looking at a blank screen or talking into thin air was a sterile exercise in futility for me. I could not translate the same creative energy that I experienced telling a story verbally to the keyboard....more

In The Burn Zone

It's -28 C outside with 50 cm of snow but in the study, where I tap on the keyboard, the woodstove is in the burn zone, thawing out my brain....more

Don’t Let the Dog In and Don’t Let Daniel Out

 Life was especially chaotic after the birth of our eighth and ninth children because everyone was still fourteen and under. It was difficult to keep a sharp eye out for my new bundle of energy, Daniel....more

Bloggers are Writers Too: Real Life Radio w/9,403 Plays. Who ARE These People?

 Somehow thousands of people have listened to me on a podcast from new, small Christian radio show. The average plays are usually 40 to 100, one person has 800 plays on Alison's show, one reached 1,300 plays, but no one can figure out why 9,403 people have connected with my unprofessional interview....more

Elizabeth Reardon Interviews Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau on Real Life Radio

"Melanie Jean Juneau is a fun and loving mother of 9 and one of the most popular bloggers of our day. "Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life." Her wonderful blogs and books share truth and wisdom in dealing with everyday family life matters and difficulties with grace. Her faith is the foundation which helps her family live in a supportive and loving environment that respects and honors all the aspects of Life. "by Mary Fredal on facebook...more

The Joy and Pain of Self-Publishing My First Ebook

Looking for a challenge? Look no further than your local self-publishing site. Actually,  Smashwords  publishing is  a wonderful site, explaining every step with diagrams and in ordinary terms  in their Smashwords Style Guide... but,  I am a technological idiot....more

Children Are NOT a Distraction

Children are not a distraction from more important work.  They are the most important work. C.S. Lewis ...more

False Images of Love

Do you find yourself waiting secretly for your knight in shining armour to whisk you off your feet so you can live happily ever after?Or for a wonderful woman to lift off your depression and sense of aimlessness? Although we laugh at such ridiculous fantasies as the stuff of naïve, lovesick teenagers, we all must face the deep temptation within ourselves to ask our partner to fulfil all of our needs....more

Crocheted Owl Hat

 This pattern is easy to follow, fun to change and adapt.  I was delighted with the professional look of the final product. Since my wool is thicker than what is used in the pattern, I used an N- 9 mm hook and by using thick yarn, I only needed only 6 rows to fit a two-year-old.  Bonus- the hat is so comfortable.  Although  I adapted the pattern. I followed the basic concept in the link below....more

“They Tried To Bury Us…”

They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds”- Mexican proverb...more