most of us understand that this world is not a safe place. That was a hard lesson for me. But in it, I also learned that forgiveness frees, love is an action verb, and mercy and grace, when applied liberally, will save relationships. Hate builds nothing, it only consumes you.
Grief Is a Bottomless Well
It has been six months since my daughter’s death due to a catastrophic brain hemorrhage. It has taken almost that long to get the coroner’s report and official cause of death which is complications from a rare kind of stroke caused by a blood clot. Next week we’ll be meeting with the team of doctors … Continue reading Grief Is a Bottomless Well
Grief Is An Angry Ocean
After losing a child, grief comes in waves, sometimes overwhelming.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 If you, like me, come from a family with a history of anxiety and … Continue reading Finding Peace
The Stressed Writer
Writing while stressed-out is a real drag.
The Trouble With Tropes
As a reader of romance, both contemporary and historical, I am completely okay with the use of tropes. What's a trope? It's a commonly used literary theme or motif like 'city girl moves to the country and falls for its native son.' As Ecclesiastes says "There is no new thing under the sun." You could … Continue reading The Trouble With Tropes
Bonus! Alt Chapter One From The Broken Trail
Here it is folks, the alternate first chapter to The Broken Trail. If you haven't read the book, click the pic for a great deal, not just The Broken Trail for an amazingly low price, but six other full-length, Contemporary Christian Romance novels. It's free on Kindle Unlimited too. These two scenes were eventually deleted … Continue reading Bonus! Alt Chapter One From The Broken Trail
A Wee Bit of Rain…
I'm in Maine this week along the southern coast in a beach house my parents rent each year for an all-family vacation. If you went to an East Coast summer camp, you would definitely recognize the place. It's all pine boards inside with slanty-floors. The bedrooms have peaked roofs and the deck sort of hangs … Continue reading A Wee Bit of Rain…
A Few Thoughts
As I write this, the United States is struggling to comprehend two recent mass shootings. In one case the killer's motives are clear - he left a manifesto full of white supremacist ideas an anti-immigrant rhetoric. He killed people purposely and targeted innocent strangers for the color of their skin and their country of origin. … Continue reading A Few Thoughts
A Writer’s Garden Guest Spot
Hi folks, A Writer's Garden is one of my favorite blogs and today I got to guest post. Check it out.