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Archive for March, 2014

This Is How We Looked 14 Year Ago | by Linda Brendle

On March 31, 2000, I became Mrs. David Brendle. A lot has happened since then–better and worse, rich and poor, sickness and health–but there has always been love.

My brother, Dr. Jim Robinson, performed the ceremony.

My brother, Dr. Jim Robinson, performed the ceremony.

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A to Z Challenge: The Names of God | by Linda Brendle

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775cThe A to Z Blog Challenge for 2014 begins Tuesday. I will be posting every day in April except Sunday, and the theme of my posts will be the names of God. As I mentioned in my post last Sunday, I chose my theme partly because I already had an alphabetical list of God’s names. The main reason, though, is that I find the names of God fascinating, because they tell us so much about His nature–about who He is and what He does. (more…)

How to Make Special People Feel Special | by Linda Brendle

Maria Thompson Corley and her son Malcolm

Maria Thompson Corley and her son Malcolm

When my son Christian first graduated from college, he worked for a company that helped children who had learning issues. Some of them had actual disabilities, but some simply learned in a different way than the majority of people do–in a special way, so to speak. When Christian worked with a child, it was his job to discover how that child learned and to set up a program tailored to his needs–a program that would make him feel special instead of dumb or disabled. Christian was good at what he did and was soon asked to train some of the newer tutors. One day as he checked on one of his trainees, he found her trying unsuccessfully to coax her student out from under the table. Rather than becoming frustrated with the reluctant student, Christian crawled under the table with him. The student finished his lesson and, in the process, probably felt pretty special. (more…)

Scavenger Hunt – 21st Century Style | by Linda Brendle

AWANADavid and I serve as volunteers in AWANA at our church. AWANA is a Bible-based program for children from four years old through the sixth grade. The children meet each Wednesday night and spend ninety minutes singing songs, listening to Bible stories, playing games, and learning Bible verses. Once a month we have a special event like Backward Night when everyone wore their clothes backward and the schedule for the evening was reversed or like Campout Night when we made S’amores. This week we had a scavenger hunt. (more…)

Trailer Reveal: Princess of the Light by N.N. Light

POTL Trailer Reveal

 

Today the spotlight is on Princess of the Light, a paranormal romance by N.N. Light. Although the book itself will not be released until August 26, 2014, Anaiah Press has revealed a trailer that is sure to make you put Princess of the Light on your want-to-read list.

To further entice you, Anaiah Press is giving away two Princess of the Light posters signed by the author. To register for the giveaway, click on the link below. (more…)

Hodge Podge Wednesday: Green Things and Other Stuff | by Linda Brendle

HodgepodgebuttonI enjoyed Hodge Podge Wednesday so much last week that I decided to participate again. Hodge Podge Wednesday is a weekly feature on Joyce Daley’s blog, From This Side of the Pond.  Thanks, Joyce, for another list of interesting questions and for providing the opportunity to learn about other bloggers.

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far…’throw caution to the wind’, ‘three sheets to the wind’, ‘run like the wind’, or ‘see which way the wind blows’?

So far, I’ve been running like the wind. More accurately, I’ve been sitting at my computer while my mind and my fingers have been in constant motion. First, I worked on edits for my memoir, A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos. My manuscript is now back in the capable hands of my editor, so I’ve been working on the A to Z April Blog Challenge. I’m hoping to get those posts written and scheduled in advance so next month can be a time to stop and smell the roses.

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If You Had Alzheimer’s, Would You Want to Know? (Poll) | by Linda Brendle

confused31I subscribe to several newsletters that deal with caregiving, Alzheimer’s, and related issues. I don’t always read the articles because a lot of them report medical studies that I don’t understand. However, since I’m always on the lookout for blog topics, I usually scan the headlines and the first few sentences. Recently I’ve seen several articles announcing scientific progress in identifying people who are at risk for Alzheimer’s years before they actually develop symptoms. Some of these early detection methods involve simple blood tests while others require a complicated analysis of DNA to identify certain chromosomes. The most recent test I learned about was an analysis of the spinal fluid.

The one article I haven’t seen is the one announcing a cure for this insidious disease. Since the results of existing treatments are questionable, I’m not sure I would want to know if I had Alzheimer’s.

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