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.
Archive for March, 2014
The 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…)
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…)
David 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…)
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…)
I 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.
I 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.
“Jane, how do you keep track of all your passwords. I’m always forgetting mine.”
“That’s easy, Margie. I changed all my passwords to “Incorrect.”
“How does that help?”
“Easy. If I forget and put in the wrong password, my computer pops up with a reminder. It says ‘Your password is incorrect.’”
The right-hand margin of my blog site has been a little cluttered lately. The first new item to appear was the count-down to my cover reveal followed by the cover itself. Now I’m counting down to my book trailer reveal. In all the confusion, the badge announcing my participation in the 2014 A to Z April Blogging Challenge may have been lost. (more…)
Book trailers have been around since the first enterprising author or publisher watched a movie preview and thought Hmmm. I wonder if that would work for my new book. Trailers are now a staple of the publishing industry, especially since anyone with a little imagination, a few computer skills, and access to the Internet can produce a video advertisement to promote his or her work. Formats range from a few photographs with background music all the way to live performances of scenes from the book. (more…)