Operation Underground Railroad

I’ve rewritten this post several times in an effort to say just the right thing. To ease into a subject that is not easy. Because I’m used to using words to paint a pretty picture, to bring relief and laughter and light. But today the words I need to say start in the dark. In silence and suffering. They’re not pleasant to set your heart on, but the truth of them is a pain we must endure if we are to make a difference. Today I’m talking about child sexual slavery. The editor of LDS Living called it “one of the fastest growing and most lucrative criminal industries in the world today.” The very thought makes me sick to my stomach, because, like you, I have seen the pristine beauty of new life. My job as a mother is to stand like a lion at the gates protecting that...

When it rains

This morning I’m sipping hot cocoa while I dash through emails and check FB. Hot cocoa in honor of the thick, puffy clouds crowding the sky and the tiny little teaser raindrops that sprinkled my windshield as I dropped of the littles as school. Dark cloudy days are my FAVORITE for writing. Something about the layers of white, gray and blue in the sky inspire images in my mind that can’t be ignored. You’ll be happy to know I’m not just writing books lately (though I’m working on some serious awesomeness – just so ya know). In my pursuit of an agent or agents for my books this year, (see my New Year Resolutions from Monday) I am curious to know how other authors got their agents, what they think of this whole Indie thing, and...

Weekend Inspiration

A New Year has begun. 2014 is going to be...

Weekend Inspiration

Thanks Bob! I hope you’re feeling the love this week. Merry...

Weekend Inspiration

If there is one book worth reading every single year, it would be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I simply adore the story of old Ebeneezer and his crotchety lifestyle. It still thrills me to see the change of this cold hearten curmudgeon to someone determined to make amends and spend his life in doing good. Maybe it is the hope that because of what happened that glorious Christmas morning, we never have to feel it is too late to change who we are, to mark a new path, to keep Christmas “all the year”. If you have a chance, get ahold of a copy and read it. It’s tiny, beautiful and full of reasons for hope. Merry...

Weekend Inspiration

Charlie Brown Christmas will always be a favorite for me. I love the little tree with it’s forlorn beginning for many reasons. First, someone saw something special in an otherwise unremarkable thing. Second, there were hecklers to overcome, people who couldn’t see value in something so small and scrubby. And even as Charlie Brown lost faith, his initial inspiration lit the fire in his friend Linus to bring out the positive qualities in this tree so that everyone could see it. How many times do we go through the same life lessons. We see or are seen for our true potential only to have hecklers from the crowd shoot us down. Yet there is the light that comes from being believed in, and soon, rallied around, gently supported, and given a bit of cheer, we...

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