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A Snow Day Giveaway!

A Snow Day Giveaway!

Happy December, friends! Yes, I’m still on my social media break for the month of December, but … … a few weeks back (like in October), some dear author-friends and I decided to have a Snow Day Giveaway from December 4-12. I wanted to tell you all about that now so you had a chance to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the prize package worth $300. One reader will win all thi... Read More »

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

The 12 Authors of Christmas Giveaway

  It’s the first day of December and what better way to begin the holiday season than with a giveaway? The giveaway is appropriately named “The 12 Authors of Christmas” because 11 writing friends and I put together a fun prize package. As I looked at all the smiling faces on the festive graphic designed by the oh-so talented Angie Dicken, yes, I saw award-winning authors. Bu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Practicing Gratitude

In Others’ Words: Practicing Gratitude

It’s November, the month when our thoughts more easily turn toward thankfulness. After all, this is the month when we have an entire day devoted to giving thanks — and weeks to prepare for the celebration. And yet, isn’t it true that when we want a reason to be thankful we don’t have to chase after “extraordinary moments” of happiness? Gratitude is about paying ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Come on, Get Happy

In Others’ Words: Come on, Get Happy

Happiness isn’t about stuff, is it? I’m not denying that some of my stuff makes me happy. There are photos all over my house — of family and friends and of favorite quotes and Scripture verses — and seeing those creates a sense of happiness inside of me. And then there are gifts I’ve received that I treasure because they remind me of the giver — and yes, that ki... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Music of Kindness

In Others’ Words: The Music of Kindness

  To think of my words as music … that gives me pause. When I speak, what am I adding to the melody others hear? Are my words kind? Do they add a gentle beauty to the world? Or do I speak harsh words that create a discordant ugliness? Scripture warns words can be as destructive as fire (James 3:6) and as wounding as the slashes of a sword (Proverbs 12:18). But how we speak to someone el... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing One Word for 2016

In Others’ Words: Choosing One Word for 2016

One Word. I blogged about this earlier, back in October, in a post titled “Time to Start Thinking About One Word for 2016.” But while I was ready to talk about my One Word for the upcoming new year, I think some of you were just ready to begin pondering your One Word for 2016. So, here I am again, asking the question: Do you have One Word for 2016? This is my eleventh year to focus on ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What Christmas is Not

In Others’ Words: What Christmas is Not

We so often think of what Christmas is … and rarely think of what Christmas is not.  And yet Calvin Coolidge, best known as a a former U.S. president, so succinctly states what Christmas is not: It is not a time or a season … despite Christmas coming ’round the same month each year. I have to agree with former President Coolidge that Christmas is a state of mind. Not of mankind&#... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Which Way Do We Go? (Guest Post by

In Others’ Words: Which Way Do We Go? (Guest Post by

My friend, Pat Trainum is visiting today. She writes as Patricia Bradley and is departing from her usual romantic suspense novels to pen two sweet Christmas romances in the Heartwarming Christmas Anthology.    Have you ever wanted to run away from your problems? I have, so it’s natural that I would write about characters who run away. In my latest story, Amy Logan lives in a Christmas Town, M... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What Laughter Can Do

In Others’ Words: What Laughter Can Do

I was in New York City this time last week, attending the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference. It was quite the gathering, with something like 2500 attendees … workshops … and lots of networking opportunities.One memory that lingers: The “smart” elevators. You punched the floor that you wanted to go to into a main console. You were then directed to the approp... Read More »

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