Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
LOL! That is one persistent cat! I hope someone adopts it and takes it to a family where there are lots of kids to entertain him.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Whew. The Christmas tree is up, the outside of the house is decorated, the lights are hung. Time to sit back and relax . . . until it's time to go back to work!
Friday, November 27, 2009
P.S. from yesterday: the chess pie was DELICIOUS. My favorite of the things I baked. :-)
I have been having some STRANGE kind of painting urge, so on Wednesday afternoon I painted my library. It leads into my office, and both rooms had been DARK green, so I painted the first room, the library, a new lighter bird-poop-green color. :-) I like it better . . . at least until I get the urge to paint again.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Since I never get much work done on the day-before-a-holiday, I've been up since dawn cooking for tomorrow. (My family piles into the car and heads out to a wee little town where my extended family commandeers the local Women's Club.)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
On Saturday, I nearly painted myself into an early grave. I was exhausted and dizzy by the time I'd finished.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
A blog reader pointed me to this link and it's amazing; I've never seen anything like it.
I wish I knew more about Ukrainian history. Obviously, this girl's painting tells a story, and obviously, it moves her audience to tears.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Photo: kitchen before and after the paint-over.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I don't know much about this movie--I have a feeling that it's going to be pretty raw--but the trailer alone made me cry. Listen to Precious as she cries out with the rest of the world "Nobody loves me."
Isn't that what the world wants? As one of my characters said in THE DEBT, the world doesn't want our programs, our churches, our lists or standards. What it needs, what it cries out for, is love.
Did you recognize Mariah Carey as one of the social workers? Looks like a powerful movie.
I blogged the above paragraphs several months ago, and PRECIOUS opens this weekend. I've heard the movie IS raw, and I still cry in the trailer. But I think this is one of those movies I ought to see, so I'm going to see if I can slip out sometime this coming week to see it. I'll probably go alone so I can sit in the corner and sob.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Photos: One plant, three different years.
In 2002, I bought an orchid. The tag assured me it was an orchid, and not just any orchid--this was one of those big, frilly orchids; the kind your mother used to wear in her Easter corsage.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Yesterday I learned that LET DARKNESS COME is available EARLY and is now shipping from Amazon.com. Wow!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I'm afraid I'm a day late for Veterans Day, as I was traveling yesterday. But someone reminded me of this poem, so I'd like to share it with you . . . and then send you to read a story about its origin:
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Now, visit this website and read the true story of how this memorable poem nearly wasn't published.
A heartfelt "thank you" to all who have given their lives in the defense of freedom not only for this country, but for people around the world. God wants people to be free to live in peace . . . and unfortunately, that often requires bloody resistance to the forces of tyranny.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
. . . I'm up north, interviewing the folks who will be the subjects of my latest collaborative book. My publisher asked me to set THE GRANDMA GENE aside for a few weeks in order to help someone else write their story--and it's fascinating. So the WIP is going to percolate for a few more weeks while I shiver a little bit, and then come home to write up this story. Shortly after Christmas, however, I'll be putting my nose back to the grindstone to get THE GRANDMA GENE shaped up and out the door.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Who says a woman can’t do a man’s job?
Cleo Arlington dresses like a cowboy, is fearless and fun-loving, and can ride, rope, and wrangle a horse as well as any man. In 1916, however, those talents aren’t what most young women aspire to. But Cleo isn’t most women. Twenty-nine years old and single, Cleo loves life on her father’s Idaho ranch. Still, she hopes someday to marry and have children.
Enter Sherwood Statham, an English aristocrat whose father has sentenced him to a year of work in America to “straighten him out.” Sherwood, who expected a desk job at a posh spa, isn’t happy to be stuck on an Idaho ranch. And he has no idea how to handle Cleo, who’s been challenged with transforming this uptight playboy into a down-home cowboy.
Just about everything either of them says or does leaves the other, well, fit to be tied. And though Cleo believes God’s plan for her includes a husband, it couldn’t possibly be Sherwood Statham. Could it?
You can order the book here!
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Christmas is just around the corner! So we're giving away another ten-pound box of autographed Chapter-a-Week books to one Chapter-a-Week member. If you get a friend to sign up (and they mention your name in their email) you'll be entered twice! The more friends you sign up the more times you'll be entered! Simply send an email with "Chapter-a-Week Christmas Giveaway" in the subject line to cawcontest@gmail.
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Friday, November 06, 2009
You probably know how books are written (or you've figured it out by now!) . But wouldn't you like to know how they are MADE? Follow the fascinating journey of one man as he makes a dictionary. Now I understand why quality leather-bound books are so expensive!
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I've been on a movie-making binge. I was waiting for another project to shape up (details to come once they solidify), and so I found myself pulling images together for my WIP, The Grandma Gene. Before I knew it, I had a completed trailer.
This story is only in rough draft form, but there's enough here to know where I'm going. Enjoy!