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Mom always said….

Hind sight is 20/20.  Oh, the irony.  Things that you take for granted when you are younger become oh so clear after you have kids of your own.  Like your mother is always right…that’s something I now know to be true…I not only value her advice, but I actively seek it out for pretty much everything.  Twenty years ago you could talk until you were blue in the face and I still wouldn’t be convinced.  My preteen years were the hardest…the funny thing is I don’t remember much about them.  I remember being angry and annoyed a whole lot about nothing.  My mom could ask me if I wanted something for dinner and I would get mad and go to my room.  Why?  What was wrong with me?  I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you.  Hormones maybe?

She used to say that one of these days you will have kids of your own and you will see.  You’ll get paid back for everything you do.  She was right.  I love my kids.  They’re smart and they both have generous hearts.  But sometimes I feel like I preach all the time.  Wash your hands, brush your teeth, take your bath, wipe your feet…do you have homework?  do it.,  pick up your room, don’t fight with your sister, brush your hair, you can’t wear shorts to school…there’s snow outside.  You get my drift.

And I worry about everything.  Over the years those worries have changed just as my kids have changed.  When they were babies and couldn’t talk, I was concerned with their basic care and safety.  After they were more mobile I worried about their boo-boo’s and their happiness.  Now I worry about their peace of mind and their future.  Somewhere along the way I started to notice my brown hair was sprinkled with gray and developed a new appreciation for all of the gray hairs on my mothers head.  How many of those was I responsible for?    

My mom also says that you love your kids unconditionally, no matter what.  You never quit on them…always keep after them–it’s how they know you really care.  And even though they may see it as nagging now, when they get older they will realize it was because you cared.

She was right.

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Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


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A new blank page…

Here we are.  The first day of a new year.  It’s like a blank page staring at you, an untold story simply waiting for someone to put pen to paper.  Oh the possibilities!!  So far, there have been no mistakes, no regrets.  You haven’t stumbled or faltered.  It’s better than waking up to a new fallen snow before it’s been disturbed.  It’s pristine and flawless.  Take a deep breath and savor the moment.  Now is the time to ponder how you want the story to progress.  Where do you go from here?  No need for brash decisions.  Today is the day for endless possibilities;  process them, believe in them.  Save worry and regret for tomorrow.  Allow yourself one day to be open to the hope of getting it right.  We all deserve one day!   

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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


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For anyone interested in reading my book, for a limited time the Kindle version is on discount for 99 cents.  It would be a great time to check it out!!  Especially if you have it on your book shelf to read.  Download it now and read it when you have a chance.

A great opportunity…


Posted by on December 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


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The best gift ever….

I must admit that I have been in a very depressed state the last month or so after I dropped my computer and lost so many memories.  No just photos, videos, and music.  I also lost all of my 2013 work documents and all of my progress on the second book I was writing.  I’ve really been beating myself up.  If I hadn’t let it slip off of the counter, if I had been more responsible, more diligent.  If only I had backed up my documents. 

The what if’s are endless.  I just kind of gave up and resigned myself to the fact that maybe bad things happen for a reason and I should just give in and give up.  All of this negative mojo made it very difficult to get in the holiday spirit.  But I received one of the most thoughtful gifts for Christmas.  While I have been moping around, my family snuck and had my computer fixed.  All of my documents are still gone, but the unwavering faith my family has in me is quite humbling.  They don’t want me to give up, they want me to keep writing.  Their love and support was enough to make me shape up and snap out of my doom and gloom mentality. 

So, I already know what my New Year’s resolution will be…to keep working and do everything in my power not to let them down.  Oh, and maybe not drop my computer again, like ever. 


Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Look at the bright side…

Well, I haven’t posted anything for a while now.  I’ve been rather depressed.  There was an accident with my laptop; it slid off of the counter top while it was on.  In case you didn’t know…this is a really bad thing.  No harder than it had hit the floor, it really surprised me when I picked it up and it had a blue screen.  After I recovered from my momentary shock and swallowed the huge lump that had formed in my throat and threatened to suffocate me.  I proceeded to restart the computer.  It was running and my dread started to fade, but that faint feeling of hope was short lived.  It would only come up to the start menu.  It had two options to restart normally or manually.  I tried both options, but neither produced the desired outcome of seeing my homepage.

I decided to have someone look at it.  It took him about an hour.  He called with bad news.  Too many components had been damaged to retrieve any information, but he could salvage the computer; in his opinion it was worth fixing because of the kind of computer it was.  I told him that if the information couldn’t be retrieved that I wasn’t really in a hurry to fix it.  In the back of my mind I’m thinking..he only had it an hour.  How could he possibly come to this conclusion?  But he didn’t charge me for bad news. So I went for a second opinion.  Unfortunately, they came to the same conclusion, charged me forty bucks and lost my power chord. 

I’m still shocked, hurt, sad, but mostly furious at myself.  Of course I didn’t have an external hard drive that I had everything saved on.  That would have been too easy.  Every time I went to get one I would ask myself ‘What are the odds something will happen?’  Well, now I know.  A hard lesson learned.

Not only was my second novel on the computer, but a third I had started.  Worse yet, I lost all of my accounting information for the small business I co-own with my husband.  But the one thing that breaks my heart above all else is the countless pictures of my two beautiful daughters that can never be replaced. 

I’m a look at the bright side kind of person.  So, I’m trying to figure that out.

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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


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A simple life…

Living in rural WV, there are a lot of things you can do without.  When you are born in the country you develop a vivid imagination and actually use it to entertain yourself or risk the possibility of dying from boredom.  I remember a couple of summers that every day my sister and I ran for hours in the woods pretending we were riding horses.  Mine was called Oreo and he was a dapple gray Clydesdale.  The ground would shake as I rode him. (Like I said, vivid imagination.)  We groomed them and fed them every night before we put them back in the barn.  One thing for sure, every night after we played horse we would sleep like a rock. 

We also wandered.  You could do that back then; wander away from your house without worrying that someone might try and take you.  Neighbors weren’t next door….they were three hollers over.  Our favorite place to wander was down the creek. We discovered a rocky bank and christened it “Rock Paradise” (so maybe we weren’t using our imagination when we came up with that name).    Sometimes we would ride our imaginary horses there and sometimes we would actually ride our bikes.  Somehow we were always wet or muddy at the end of the day and had to spray off with the water hose before Mom would even let us inside the house. 

Collecting critters was another past time.  We had turtles, squirrels, flying squirrels, groundhogs, cats, dogs, fish, chickens, goats, cows….anything we could catch.  I think my favorite was a black cat we named Tom.  He would go out hunting and we could hear him screeching from miles away on his way back home.  We would sit on the back steps and wait for him to make his way back and then shower him with love and affection.        

TV was reserved for Saturday morning cartoons.  We had the big tall antennae that you had to turn by hand for signal.  So someone had to be inside yelling at the person outside when the picture was clear enough to actually watch.  No matter how hard you tried, you could never get a clear picture like you do today.  There was always some static.  But we were happy to watch Mighty Mouse, The Road Runner, He-man, She-ra, and any other cartoons that would come in.  Then it was back outside to play some more. 

Mom was the dishwasher, the washing machine had to be filled up with buckets and the ringer would get your fingers if you weren’t careful,  the toilet was an outhouse, and we showered outside with a water hose up until late fall.  So, as I sit here and listen to my dishwasher running and the buzzer on my dryer I do count my blessings.  Some things are easier.  But I can’t help the sense of loss that some things were much better back then without all of the luxuries of today.     

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Fall is coming…

I noticed that not only  are they changing colors, but the roads are also scattered with leaves.  Fall is almost upon us.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am holding a free promotion for my book Wings of Hope.  You can download it on September 1st.   If you miss this opportunity, don’t sweat it.  I will hopefully be able to do another promotion sometime in October.

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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


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