Merry Christmas!

This morning, there was so much sleet and ice that Mark and I and my sister and her husband all stayed home from church.  But this evening, I was committed to read a story I’d written at my church’s Christmas Eve service, so in spite of falling snow, Mark and I went.  Here is the story I wrote: Continue reading

Hannibal, MO

I haven’t written for several days because we’ve been working on an inspection of our RV, but this afternoon we took some time off to drive into Hannibal, Missouri from our campground in Monroe City.  There is so much more we would have liked to see, such as the home of the “Unsinkable Molly Brown”, but we only had an hour to look around after having lunch at the Mark Twain Dinette, famous for their Mark Twain fried chicken and homemade root beer.  We went to the historic area where Mark Twain’s home and those of his friends are located. Continue reading

Recognizing Christ

Today was bitterly cold with heavy winds that blew through our tent.  Our boss told us to mark all our trees and wreaths at half price, and even at that people tried to get us to let them have a tree for less!  At some point today a couple walked in.  The man was blind in one eye and they both looked hard up.  The first thing the man said to me was, “We’ve had a bad year.  We’re hoping you have a small tree.”  I showed them our only table top tree which is flocked, and at half price it was $25, but that was obviously too much for them and they left, looking rather dejected.  Continue reading

On the mend… physically and spiritually

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you to all of you who sent well wishes and prayers for me.  Tonight I feel almost human again and I’ve been told by an on-call nurse that I am no longer contagious, even though I’m still sniffling and sneezing and coughing.  Tomorrow I’m going to try half a day at work and see how I do.  Poor Miss Rose has had to cover for me too long! Continue reading

Good books for middle school

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time
(or the tools) to write.”  Stephen King

 If you are inclined to write for 6th-8th graders, you’ll want to read some of the best of what’s out there now.  Here are my top 12 picks:

Many Windows On the World

My husband, Mark, is a long haul trucker.  He has been in nearly all the lower 48 states with the exception of a few in the NE corner of the country.  He’s seen all sorts of beautiful sights and had many adventures.  Wherever he goes he takes a camera, and he’s always ready to shoot something spectacular or interesting.  He took the picture I’m using for my Continue reading