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Wednesday Pop-Up: Taking a poll

A few months ago, I ran out of the hazelnut coffee that I like. The grocery store didn’t have the brand I usually buy. Looking around at the other coffees, I spotted one called Mackinac Island Fudge. Since the Island is one of my favorite vacation spots, and I love the fudge from there, I…

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Spring Break Retreat: Hemlock Haven

The theme for my blog in March is “SPRING BREAK.” With the disruption of routines due to Covid, I’m not sure how many schools will have spring break this year. Traditionally, it is a week off from school, giving families the opportunity to go away and spend time together. Today I’m talking about one of…

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Friday Feature: When Hearts Collide

Following February’s theme of “HEARTS,” today’s featured book is When Hearts Collide by Sara Beth Williams. Inspiration behind the Book: The more books I read, no matter the genre, the more I am drawn to authentic, broken characters, who long for a second chance – both in love and in life. This is the essence…

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Wednesday Pop-Up: Cat Tails Update

You first met these two kittens a few months ago. Born last May to a feral mother cat, the kittens survived a fiery start. We brought them into our home and tamed them. They found a forever home with some of our family. The male tiger-striped one is Momo, after the pet lemur from the…

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Healing a Broken Heart

We are in the middle of February, the month when we are surrounded by hearts. Back in high school, a student could buy a carnation for their sweetheart to be delivered on Valentine’s Day. I always wanted to receive one, but never did. I suppose like any teenaged girl, the longing for a boyfriend was…

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Friday Feature: Her Traitor’s Heart

In keeping with February’s “HEARTS” theme, today’s featured book is entitled, Her Traitor’s Heart. This historical Christian romance is set in the South just after the Civil War. The Inspiration behind the Book: “The inspiration behind Her Traitor’s Heart actually came from one of my New England ancestors who fought in the Civil War. After…

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Wednesday Pop-Up: Soup Recipe

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite winter soup recipes: Cabbage, Pulled Pork and Potato Soup I created this recipe using leftover BBQ pulled pork. At first, I only added cabbage to it. Then the last few times I added diced potato. I like it even better, and it’s more filling that way. Just so…

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Friday Feature: Perfectly Imperfect

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and it’s a perfect time to read a romance book. Today I’m featuring the Christian YA (Young Adult) romance, Perfectly Imperfect, by Kara Leigh Miller. About the Book: Isabelle Carson is charging into her senior year equipped with a handy checklist to ensure nothing goes awry. Things she didn’t account…

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Wednesday Pop-up: Cat Tails

Cat Tail: The Elusive Izzy Our cat, Izzy, has an interesting history. My son, who lives in his own home, adopted a kitten that he’d been told was a male. A couple of months later, he called because there was something wrong with the kitten. We took it to the vet, and found out it…

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Cover Reveal: Anchor My Heart

I’m excited to be part of the Cover Reveal for Sara Beth William’s new release, Anchor My Heart, a Second Chance novel #3 from Anaiah Press. About the book: In the aftermath of tragic loss, worship leader Matt Lawson is grappling debilitating anxiety. The blessings he’d taken for granted—a dream job, a woman he couldn’t…

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Unconditional Love

Before planning my own wedding, I had no idea of the details and decisions we would need to make. A wedding dress and veil, rings, registries, invitations, musicians, and…cake napkins? We didn’t have a lot of time or money to work with. We had to sacrifice some of the things we wanted to save money.…

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Friday Feature: A Heart Held Captive

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, “HEARTS” will be the theme for our Friday Features this month. Today’s featured book is A Heart Held Captive, a contemporary Christian romance by Katy Eeten. I enjoyed reading about Emily and her struggle to understand the concept of grace, which I could easily relate to. About the Book: Physical…

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February: The Month for Sweethearts

Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. The day when sweethearts show their love for one another with cards, flowers, and candy. Many weddings are celebrated around that day. For myself and my husband, it was no different. Pat and I started dating in May 1989. By August, we were unofficially planning our…

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Friday Feature: Elvensty

Today’s feaured book is the first in the Sunflower Saga, a Christian fantasy series written with adults in mind but can be enjoyed by teenagers as well. About the book: Elvensty is about a young man and woman, Khomar and Aya, who find themselves unexpectedly married and fleeing into the wilderness from unknown assailants.  As…

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Wednesday Pop-Up: Frito-Chili Pie

I’m a fan of simple recipes with only a few ingredients. I also like to use what I have in the pantry or freezer before I decide what to make. This is one of my 4-ingredient recipes. I created the following using leftover, stale chili-cheese Frito chips, taco-seasoned ground turkey from the freezer, a can…

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Wednesday Pop-Up: Turn Back Time Poem

While going through some old files recently, I found the following poem. I’m not sure when I wrote it, but judging by the handwriting, it was more than twenty years ago. Though the inspiration behind it is long forgotten, the sentiments expressed within are still meaningful to me. Would I Turn Back Time? If I…

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Beauty from Ashes

Today I’m talking about my “Beauty from Ashes” story. I know that sounds cliché, but in this case the description fits. Turning beauty into ashes describes my writing journey. It began in second grade, when I started a new school. My problems began on the first day. The maintenance person came around to raise the…

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Friday Feature: Writing Home

Today’s featured book is a new release from Anaiah Press, Writing Home, a contemporary Christian Romance by author Amy Anguish. About the Book: Christiana Jones dreamed her whole life of living in Huntsville, Alabama, so she can’t figure out why it doesn’t feel like home. Her relationships—on social media and in real life—seem shallow and empty.…

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Wednesday Pop Up: Rosie

My Pop-Up today is an introduction to an important member of my family: ROSIE Our Lab came with her name, 11 years ago, the last one in a litter born to our neighbor’s dog. On a morning in January 2010, I heard a puppy crying from across the street. I asked my daughter and niece…

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Meet the Author: Amy Anguish

Today my guest is Amy Anguish, author of the newly released contemporary Christian romance, Writing Home. Amy, thank you for joining me today. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a preacher’s daughter, wife, mommy, preschool teacher, crafter, and extrovert. Not necessarily in that order. When we’re not having a pandemic, I also teach…

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Keeping your Candle Lit

I enjoy candles. My son indulges me by giving me a new one each Christmas. This year, the scent was pumpkin pie spice. I love the fragrance it gives out when I light the flame. Remember the chorus in Sunday school, “This Little Light of Mine?” It went something like this: “This little light of…

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Friday Feature: A Promise to Keep

Today’s featured book: A number of years ago, my husband and I took our two children at the time and went to Niagara Falls. I’d seen pictures of them, but it was my first visit. The majesty of the falls, the spray of the water as we rode the boat, and the sound of rushing…

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Wednesday Pop-Up

Remember those quizzes that our high school teachers announced on the spur of the moment? They were called pop quizzes. They were unexpected tests over the material we were covering. I think the teachers gave pop quizzes to see if we were paying attention in class. When I decided to add a new blog feature,…

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God Understands My Thoughts

I’ve been told that I’m a low talker. Because of this, I’m sometimes hard to understand. I have to speak up, and enunciate more clearly, if I want to be heard. My kids get embarrassed when we are in a drive thru because I talk extra loud to make sure I’m understood. I also do…

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Jesus, my Belayer

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m not an outdoorsy type person. I’m also very afraid of heights, so you would not ever catch me rock climbing. However, the idea of rock climbing became very significant to me this week. I was under a lot of stress and felt like I was falling into…

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