Archive for February, 2012

No, this isn’t a post for writers.  It’s an inspirational video for all of us.  If you think your words don’t have power, think again.  Enjoy this video.  It’s fabulous.

The Power of Words

Thanks to Janine Fitzpatrick of Shambolic Living for the inspiration.


The questions are out for Cee’s Share Your World challenge.  Here are the questions:

1.  What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
2.  What is your favorite time of day?
3.  What is your favorite part of the town/city you live in.  And what City and Country do you live?
4.  If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Here are my answer… (more…)

The WordPress weekly photo challenge this week is indulge.  Indulgence is a funny word to think of in pictures.  I’m including food indulgences, both mine and some ever-hungry seagulls, and some of my favorite toys. (more…)

Here are the questions for this week’s Share Your World.  My partner, Cee Neuner runs Share Your World and it’s becoming increasingly popular in the short amount of time it’s been running.  Please check it out and add your responses.

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?
Are you a cat, dog, goat or prefer the zoo person?
What really makes my heart sing?
What word or words are fun for you to say?  And yes Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious counts a a fun word!

Here are my answers: (more…)

Down!  What an interesting topic for the weekly photo challenge.  Here are some of my favorite “down” pictures.  I hope you enjoy them.  Keep scrolling to see the large pictures.  Blessings!


I will admit it right now, I’m a little late to the party on this one.  I finally picked up a copy of Julia Cameron’s “The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life” that was published in 1999.  Like I said, a little late to the party.  I’ve known about Julia Cameron for many years (decades!), ever since she wrote “The Artist’s Way” in 1992.  She is a Renaissance woman, an expert on bringing out your own native creativity, and a  writer who can make you feel as if you’re sipping lattes with her at the corner coffee shop.  Is there higher praise for a writer?


Like many in America, I watched the 200th episode of NCIS last night.  As a writer, part of my job is to read constantly, and to watch good television and movies as examples of plot and character development.  NCIS is one of my favorite shows.  It has it all, great writing and directing, a fabulous ensemble cast, and just the right amount of humor in between the pathos caused by the human stories behind murder.  For those of you who don’t know the show, NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service.   The NCIS agents investigate crimes against US Navy personnel or Marines.  **** Spoiler Alert ***** If you haven’t yet watched the show, you’d better fire up your Tivo instead of reading this blog.  Go now.  Have fun watching. (more…)

Shadow and Mackenzie ready for the adventure to start

WordPress’ weekly photo challenge was late, and I’m even later, but here is my entry for “Ready”.  The folks at WordPress have come up with some interesting topics lately, but this one was easy.  The first thing that comes to mind when I think of being ready are our pugs, Mackenzie and Shadow.  Those two are always ready for adventure and they love their car rides.   Aren’t these the faces of happy, excited, ready-for-anything pugs?

I promise I’ll get back to blogging about writing tomorrow.  I’ve been reading some interesting articles and blogs that I want to share with everyone.


Read the preview of my new book, an Alice Anne  mystery:  “The Banker’s Murder List.”



Posted: February 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is a wonderful parable of the pencil. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

A Dose A Day

My Sunday inspirational story. I have read this several times, but still worth sharing. Author unknown.


The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

“One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.”

“Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”

“Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”

“Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.”

“And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what…

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Friends of ours in Perth, Australia were looking up where Cee and I live in Canby, Oregon, USA.  Just for the fun of it, they asked Google Maps to give them directions between the two cities.  It’s a bit of a journey at 13,642 miles (21954 km), so I won’t give you all the details.  Here are the highlights:

1.  Drive north from Canby to Seattle, Washington (about three hours, give or take)

2.  Kayak across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii (2756 miles)  (Yes, that’s what they truly recommend!) (more…)