“I will put you in charge of more…”

  Do you remember Jesus' Parable of the Talents? One guy is given two talents to invest, another guy five, and a third guy, one. The first two get right to the business of trading, and each doubles his investment. Needless to say, their master is pleased. He says the same thing to each of the first … Continue reading “I will put you in charge of more…”

Maybe it’s not a “beach read”?

So I've been promoting Darcy By Any Other Name as a "beach read." You know, the perfect book for a vacation. But maybe I'm wrong. Last week a reader shared a "book selfie" on Facebook. Oh, the places my books go. How I love seeing them! Darcy, can't I squeeze through the Kindle and come along … Continue reading Maybe it’s not a “beach read”?

Stop and linger over spring?

Signs of spring are rushing past, but I am busy with my class... Isn't that the way life is? How much we miss! I captured some gentle springtime lovelies on my walk home yesterday. Small wonders in a park and neighbors' yards. I could have passed right by. Will beauty prompt me to linger next … Continue reading Stop and linger over spring?

Playing Red Light / Green Light … again

Who knew that this childhood game would make a comeback for me? But it has, and this time there's no getting out of it. See, I now have a nifty list of Green Light foods--those are the ones I can eat without concern--and Yellow and Red Light foods, too. The latter are what most of … Continue reading Playing Red Light / Green Light … again

When the doctor can’t stop smiling

Some of you know that I was facing another surgery this December. Happy thought indeed! This would be a more invasive one, involving blood transfusions and everything. Not that Miss Shake-It-Off Sepsis Recovery Girl has anything against surgery or transfusions, but she would prefer to avoid them. As would anyone. Many faithful friends prayed. Students prayed. Colleagues … Continue reading When the doctor can’t stop smiling

Day 17: Shaking my head, smiling

Surprises? Along the way there have been a few. Like the cover of my third book printing out as gray, not the blue you see displayed on the sidebar image. "Oh well," said the designer. "Oh well," said the publisher. A friend made up a song: "Sell...gray books in cyber space," he sang. "And put on … Continue reading Day 17: Shaking my head, smiling

Day 3: Those that can, do. And we teach, too.

Why do I never take on a beginner's project? Always I must dive in with complicated instead of easy! Crazy, isn't it? I have no one but myself to blame. What was true with counted cross stitch is just as true with writing. My debut fiction project was not a simple story, but a mammoth … Continue reading Day 3: Those that can, do. And we teach, too.

Day 2: Once Upon a Story

My roots as a writer can be traced to fairy tales. In fact, in our stack of books we had this very volume. I loved them all and pored over the illustrations. I was an only child for six years, so I had imaginary friends. My Barbies never stayed inside. They climbed trees with me … Continue reading Day 2: Once Upon a Story

35-Day Author Blog Challenge: My Purpose

Hi, I'm Laura. I'm a teacher and an author. I'm an encouarager, too, which is helpful because I work with teens. Alas, I am also a online Lurker. I will faithfully follow a forum, but am reluctant to comment or engage. Tell you what, in today's social media world being a Lurker is not a … Continue reading 35-Day Author Blog Challenge: My Purpose

A smiling kind of day

It's my birthday, and my Facebook wall has exploded with kind wishes. Many were from friends I know in person, but many more were from strangers who have become friends. And I'm smiling. It's that kind of day. I blame the Engage thing. It's the word I selected in January to characterize 2015. And then … Continue reading A smiling kind of day