Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Author Events



It certainly was busy this last month attending two Author Events. One at West Allis Library and the other at New Berlin Public Library. I really enjoy these opportunities because we, as authors, have a chance to talk with the reading audience, find out what they enjoy reading, and present our books. It’s a win-win.




Monday, February 6, 2017

A Dog's Birthday

Today was our dog, Rudy's, 10th birthday. He's entered a new decade of life just as I did last month. I'm not sure about you, but I'll admit right now, sometimes I take our furry friend for granted.
Rudy and I walk every day, pretty much the same route - a 40 minutes lap around the neighborhood. He sniffs and tinkles, and I pound the pavement. In my head I'm working on the next scene for my work-in-progress. For him, he's on the hunt. It's a win-win for both of us.
We're a good match, Rudy and I, as we both need to be outside every day - unless of course, it's below 20 degrees - that's our line. When I ask him if he's ready for a walk the answer in his face is always yes. If it drifts beyond "our time" he quietly walks over and sits next to me and then stares! He knows it's time! Let's Go!
We've had Golden Retrievers before Rudy, and I know that our time with him is dwindling, but for now, I'll enjoy this time together with my buddy. Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What Motivates You?


Does this photo make you ache for a get-a-way? I’m curious how you are all doing with your New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’re not a resolution person, but instead; you set yearly goals as I do. One of mine being not to worry. Tying in a goal to what motivates us becomes a strong bond to see our goals through. Personally, reading scripture every morning – especially Proverbs – or listening to a new piece of music – usually composed of string instruments – or reading a famous quote – one that tweaks my world just a tad, helps me immensely.

Today, I want to touch on the concept of worry with a real-life example... Yesterday, my son-in-law and daughter drove me to the airport during rush-hour Nashville traffic. For those of you who have experienced this, there’s really not much I can add other than to say it was extremely congested to the point of stopped traffic on the interstate. So, we opted for the back roads thinking we find clear passage. Nope! Almost an hour later (to travel 15 miles) I made my flight with three minutes to spare and a scolding from the luggage attendant!

During the drive, I pondered. I considered. I felt a bit anxious, but I refused to worry my mind with thoughts such as: what happens if I miss my flight? Will I be able to book another flight this morning? Will I spend the day at the terminal? Instead, I chose to trust that if I missed my flight there must be a reason. Was there someone I’d cross paths with whom I needed to connect with?

As a writer, I gather my experiences through life and use them later in dialogue or setting a scene, or in behavior for my characters. Life itself is a classroom for me.

So, today I leave you with something that inspires me - a quote from my ultimate heroine, Joyce Meyers from her devotional, “Trusting God Day by Day”. “Nothing is outside God’s control, so in reality there is nothing to worry about.” I hope it helps you if you struggle with the same weakness as I. We can overcome with the tools that motivate us. Find yours. Happy 2017.  

Until next time, let us enjoy this life we are blessed to live.  

Author Events

It certainly was busy this last month attending two Author Events. One at West Allis Library and the other at New Berlin Public Library...