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Journey into the Lives of Women, One Story at a Time

Archive for August 2013

Fiction Friday: A Quilt with a Story to Tell

Welcome to Fiction Friday, a chance to share some of my stories with you. For the past two Fridays I’ve posted excerpts from the first two novels in my Shenandoah Album series. Today’s excerpt is from book three, Lover’s Knot, which was reissued in May as a trade paperback. All three of these books are also…

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Five Things I Learned This Summer

The Old Farmer’s Almanac claims that summer doesn’t end until September 22nd when the autumnal equinox signals the sun crossing the celestial equator. For me, summer ends when the Chautauqua season ends, which happened yesterday. At our weekly Sunday evening service,  the end of the 2013 season was made official with a ceremonial three taps…

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Sunday Inspiration:

I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”…

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Fiction Friday: Quilting Bees and Bees in the Bonnet

Welcome to Fiction Friday, a chance to share excerpts of some of my books with you. While I’m starting with those currently on sale, eventually some may be entirely new.  In fact, some may even be excerpts from other people’s books.  This is definitely a work in progress. Last week I introduced you to Nancy,…

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Deadlines, Guests and the Downside of Mother Nature

The last week was spent sleeping off a cold, entertaining my very thoughtful and independent guests when I could, and somehow sneaking in pages on No River Too Wide when I felt up to it.  It was not spent blogging, but no wonder. I know you understand. Fiction Friday will be back (guess which day)…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Every morning is a new arrival”

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes. As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be…

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Those Difficult Chapters in Life and in Novels

I am on a deadline. So what else is new? In college when I had an “end” in sight, a paper, a test, a project, I had a bad habit of waiting until the last minute, a habit I unlearned by my senior year. When I began to write I had learned my lesson. I worked…

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Sunday Inspiration: Kindness

Most people, as they age, become less selfish and more loving… Since…your life is going to be a gradual process of becoming kinder and more loving: Hurry up, Speed it along. Start right now. There’s a confusion in each of us, a sickness, really: selfishness.  But there is also a cure.  So be a good…

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Fiction Friday: Kangaroos, Koalas and Wallabies

Welcome to Fiction Friday, a chance to share snippets of my books with you.  Some are old, some might be books in progress, eventually some may be entirely new content. Today’s excerpt is from the fourth and final book of my Tales of the Pacific series, which was originally issued in 1988-89, and tells the story…

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