Published in the Rains County Leader on January 19, 2021:
In the past nine years I’ve posted over a thousand posts on my blog. I began blogging because my son advised me that I needed to build up a following of readers in order to attract a publisher for my first book. At the time I used my computer for little more than an electronic typewriter and a quick way to send letters without a stamp. But the blog host I chose was pretty user friendly and offered some free tutorials, so I took the plunge.
There was a learning curve. It took me a while to set up the site, but I finally uploaded my first post and hit the “Publish” button.Since then I’ve become much faster and more efficient at both writing and posting. One of my favorite parts of the process is finding pictures and inserting them strategically in the narrative. I’m pretty good at it, too – or at least I was until a couple of months ago.
Published in the Rains County Leader on June 6, 2017:
When I first began writing a weekly column in the newspaper, I never thought about the collateral effects of opening at least some aspects of my private life to public scrutiny. I had been writing a blog for several years before becoming City Girl for the Rains County Leader. Although I occasionally received an on-line comment about something I had written, it was disconcerting the first few times someone I didn’t know asked me face to face how my garden was doing or what new antics Kitty had been up to.
It didn’t take me long, though, to begin to enjoy these brief encounters. One of the things I like most about being a writer is knowing when my words have touched someone, even if it’s only to make them smile or stop and think for a minute. It’s really nice to know that something I’ve said sticks in a reader’s mind long enough for them to engage me in conversation about it. In fact, it’s really nice to know that I have readers. Now that I’ve gotten used to it, I enjoy the impromptu conversations I have with friends I didn’t know I had. (more…)
Published in the Rains County Leader on December 20, 2016:
The Rains County Leader always closes for the last week of the year, so this will be the last issue of the paper until 2017. Following the example of many of news programs and talk shows, I did a quick review of my columns from the last year. Here is a brief overview of what I shared with your during 2016. (more…)
Published in the Rains County Leader on January 26, 2016:
I can’t decide if this week was so uneventful that nothing unusual has happened or if so much has happened that I haven’t had time to contemplate the deeper meanings of any one event. Either way, when I sat down to write, the only thought that crossed my mind was I got nothin’.
I asked my Facebook friends for suggestions, but I guess they were all busy watching play-off games. Nobody responded, and I ended up with what I started with – nothin’. (more…)
A lot is written about self care for caregivers – arranging for respite care, taking steps to maintain a life of your own, and other ways to plan to nurture yourself while nurturing another. Sometimes, though, opportunity and need coincide, and a caregiver goes AWOL for a little while. Apparently, the same is true for bloggers. (more…)
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
There is no shortage of information about God our Helper. After I visited my usual on-line research sites, I had forty-seven pages of notes. It may be a little difficult to keep today’s post to 600 words.
The word most often used in the Bible when referring to God as our Help is the Hebrew word ezer. I recently gained some insight on that word during the study of a book called TRUE WOMAN 101: DEVINE DESIGN. The focus of the book is Biblical womanhood, and one of the early chapters focused on a Bible verse that raises the hackles of many women. (more…)
After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. I Kings 19:12
This is another Elijah story that happened shortly after his triumph over the prophets of Baal with the help of God’s Consuming Fire. Queen Jezebel was not happy that all her prophets were dead, so she vowed to kill Elijah. When he heard of her threat, he fled into the dessert until he collapsed from thirst, hunger, and exhaustion. God sent angels to minister to him and strengthen him for his journey to Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. (more…)
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Psalm 90:1
Yahoo’s online dictionary gives a couple of definitions for the word dwell. The first one is “to live or exist in a given place.” When the Psalmist spoke of God as our dwelling place, he didn’t mean a place to visit occasionally. Dropping in at church when we want to cross an item off our to-do list, or frantically calling the prayer chain when the cares of life weigh us down, is probably not what he had in mind. He meant a permanent place to live and exist–a place like he described in Psalm 91. (more…)
1. Since these questions are posting on the first day of April it seems only right to ask-when was the last time you did something foolish? If you can’t answer that one, try this one-when was the last time someone fooled you?
This afternoon a friend wanted to take some pictures of my husband and me on his motorcycle. The setting at our house wasn’t to her liking, so we moved to a more picturesque location about a half mile away. It was a short ride, so we rode bare headed. Any distance on a bike without proper protection is foolish—but who wants pictures with helmet hair?
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…)