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As a freelance writer my articles appear in both Christian and general market magazines and anthologies. My work has appeared in Mary Janes Farm, Mature Years, Focus on the Family, and The Upper Room, among other publications. I write to encourage people to find hope in the midst of their circumstances. What I offer you the reader, is honest, transparent words about the grit and grace of everyday living. Much of what I write grows out of my personal journey as a wife, mother, and grandmother.

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Congratulations to June, from San Antonio, Texas, winner of the Cozy Christmas Reads Contest! And Congratulations to Peg, from Marshfield, Wisconsin, winner of the Courage for 2021 Contest!

Enter to Win: Inspiration for 2021 Contest! See details to enter on the Life Notes page.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Teens
As with many of us when learning to drive perhaps your son, daughter, or grandchild has experienced a mishap under your careful instruction. You can take heart when you read my hilarious story, The Driving Lesson, in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Teens.

Does God watch over us and send his messengers to help in our troubles? See what you think after you read my own experiences in "Do Angels Carry Cash?" and "Midnight Stranger", both in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels All Around.

Cranky kids, errands to run ... What's a mom to do? Find out when you read my latest story, "Shopping with Mom" in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day with me. I hope you leave here refreshed, and inspired to press forward in the relationships that matter most to you. And may you see with new vision the treasures that lie within your own life experiences.

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I don't have all the answers. Some I'm still searching for myself. But the truths I have discovered through experiences or the gentle voice of a friend, I'll share with you on the Articles page. Or jump right in and read these.

Inspiration for the young at Heart After more than thirty years of marriage, I thought our days of romantic secrets were over. That is, until...
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Love is a FlameTwenty years of a predominately happy marriage and now it seemed our whole life revolved around ...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul Shaping the New YouFour years ago, I lost forty pounds. Read how I did it in the story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You.

The Ultimate Bird lover"She looked at him again but he gave no response" ... Read the full story of Trouble in the Backyard from The Ultimate Bird Lover!

Life Notes

Looking for ways to renew your spirit and build relationships with the people you love? Click on Life Notes to check out my party ideas, recipes, and much more.

Words to Live By

"It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you … yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand." ~ Mother Teresa

"Arise, and shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." - Isaiah 60:1