Praying for All Who are Affected by the Hurricane

This hurricane is the most destructive to hit the panhandle of Florida since we have been recording storms. Six people have lost their lives. Currently, those of us in Virginia are being hammered by the rain brought in by the hurricane. We are praying for all of those impacted by Hurricane Michael and for those Read More

My Favorite Books and Authors, part 1

I have a list of favorite books that include the Bible, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. I also like Rafael Sabatini who was an Italian/English author. We really don’t see his works on bookstore shelves anymore but he was a fantastic author of adventure books. The movies “Scaramouche,” Read More

Writing Rules

Writing has to be treated like a job. That means setting aside time everyday to write, edit, and revise. It sounds easy but I am discovering that even with years of practice, I still struggle to get in time to write. Years ago, my dad and I installed a built-in desk in one of the Read More

To Vote or Not to Vote–That is a Question

My daughter and I got into an argument tonight over her voter registration–as in she didn’t want to register and I made her. She is still upset with me.  I told her that she could register and, if she didn’t want to vote, that was up to her but at least she would be registered Read More

What a Mess

What a week and what a mess. It’s enough to make you want to run and hide. My role in my job changed recently and I don’t like it and I feel a little lost, I was accused of sometimes overreacting by a family member, and, at work, my opinion on something (in which I Read More

A Lie vs. the Truth

The expression, “A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth has its boots own,” has been attributed to Mark Twain, Sir Winston Churchill, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon but the quote originates with Jonathan Swift who wrote (in 1710) “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.” Amazing how some truths can Read More

Writing with Confidence

I am always amazed at the confidence some writers have. As extensive as my background is in communications and writing, I still hesitate to put myself forward as a good writer because, well, I’ve known much better writers. But occasionally, I am encouraged by a writer who has somehow parlayed his limited background in communications Read More