Category: On Life and Writing

Happy Ground Hog Day!

 January 31, 2014

Oh, to be a ground hog. I’d pull back the covers and sleep until spring. The unusually cold and bitter weather has robbed me of all motivation. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to work out. I just want to eat comfort food, after all, I need a few extra rolls of […]

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When You Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and It's Not Enough

 January 30, 2014

“The gods have two ways of dealing harshly with us, the first is to deny us our dreams and the second is to grant them.” Oscar Wilde What do you do when you have everything you dreamed of and it’s not enough? All of my adult life I dreamed of someday having the time and money to write. I’ve […]

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The Long Winter

 January 25, 2014

Another day of cold and snow. As this cold snap continues with no end in sight, I find myself lethargic and unorganized. I don’t know what I’m doing with my time, it just goes by until yet another day has passed with nothing to show for it. I blame it on the weather. Grey skies, […]

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Breakthrough – Hurray for Libraries!

 January 23, 2014

              In this day and age of digital books and ereaders some predict the demise of libraries, at least as a physical building with real people. The libraries of the future will be virtual libraries that you visit via your computer, or whatever the next technological device might be. You will download not only […]

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Construction Zone – Woman at Work!

 December 16, 2013

    Construction Zone             I’ve been under construction for some time now. I’m not talking about those constant minor repairs and changes that are part of every life. Rather I’m talking about major reconstruction requiring tearing out the old in order to make way for the new. This has included months of home renovation […]

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Patty's Principles

 July 3, 2013

Principle #1:  The key you need is always in the pocket opposite your free hand! Why is that?  It’s like those socks that disappear in the dryer.  Somehow they are transported to sock heaven or wherever it is socks go that have lived a good life of service to those small, but oh so essential parts […]

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Twenty Minutes of Whining

 June 28, 2013

As a teacher, my policy is to never ask my students to do something I’m not willing to do myself. When I assigned a two week feelings journal to my Substance Abuse class many years ago, I figured I should do it as well. So for one summer I poured out my feelings into notebook […]

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Wardrobe Picture

 June 21, 2013

Picture of wardrobe from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, that I was unable to post before.  Learn something new ever day!  Picture courtesy of Tiffany Coulter.  Thank you, Tiff!

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Adventures in Writing – Learning from Mistakes, part 2


Adventures in Writing – learning from mistakes, part 2 My first book, Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Moms, came out twenty years ago and was a small hit with sales exceeding my publisher’s expectations. Had I known then what I know now, I would have parlayed that small success into a career in writing. […]

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The Wardrobe at Wheaton

 June 14, 2013

The Wardrobe at Wheaton             I browsed the crowded dining room, tray in hand, looking for someone from the conference to sit with, when I saw the speaker from the previous night sitting by himself. Ordinarily I would never have been so bold as to sit with a speaker from a conference but he had […]

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