Archive for February, 2012

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…)