Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. These words by Mother Teresa mean a…

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Welcome to Fiction Friday, your opportunity to read along with me and with my friends. Last week’s Fiction Friday was a quiz and a giveaway, and I’m happy to say that within minutes of posting the blog, Kay Myhrman-Toso submitted the correct answer. The books were: A Truth for a Truth from my Ministry is…

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Click to view Tales of the Pacific by Emilie Richards on GLOSSI.COM I’ll confess that the internet is a guilty pleasure. And the new tools that come with it? I love them, too. Let me introduce you to the newest toy in my digital toybox, a little something called Glossi. Can you guess what the…

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Humanity is like an enormous spider web, so that if you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling… As we move around this world and as we act with kindness, perhaps, or with indifference, or with hostility, toward the people we meet, we too are setting the great spider web a-tremble. The life…

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Welcome to Fiction Friday, your opportunity to watch my mind leapfrog about.  Each Friday here is a bit different, just to keep the boredom factor at a minimum. Sometimes you’ll read an excerpt from one of my novels, sometimes a friend or colleague’s. Eventuallythere may be some original offerings. I want to make this fun…

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I invented this rule for myself to be applied to every decision I might have to make in the future. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons…

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Welcome to Fiction Friday, your weekly opportunity to read excerpts of my novels or novels of other writers that I think you might like. Today’s excerpt is from New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson with the permission of her publisher William Morrow and Diane herself. This seems particularly appropriate because Diane was one…

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This week I’ve welcomed my brainstorming buddies to our Chautauqua hideaway to spend four days tossing around ideas about upcoming novels, everything from entire plots to key ideas we need help with. If you missed my previous posts about previous brainstorming sessions and the way we conduct them, you can find them here and here…

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People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has…

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