PERSISTENCE: Never. Give. Up.

Today is a day I will not soon forget … a day that came after much preparation. At that end of that preparation, I had a friend tell me that I “personify persistence,” and she went on to define it: “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of...

Harley

Pets are a lot like people. There are so many wagging tails, tilted heads, barks of joy, and contented purrs out there. As a whole, they make us smile and perhaps bring a touch of joy to our day. We pat them on the head. Nice kitty. Good dog. There are so many people,...

For My Uncle Doug

Dougie 3/14/60 — 6/18/14 Who knew a transfusion could cause such intrusion? In the midst of your prime blood was stealing your time. Once proud, young, and strong, you fell sick far too long. For, an athlete in purple is still just a mortal when fate rises up and...

A Love for the Love of the Game

Sports. It seems they’re a topic of conversation in our society everywhere you go. The competitive drive, the tailgate parties, the moments of touchdowns and home runs and goals. The high of a victory, the thrill of running the ball, the low of a fumble or strike, the...

Allow me tell you a story…

Once upon a time, there was a six-year-old-girl who cried at the dinner table for months.  “My belly hurts,” she’d say. An otherwise healthy, happy girl, her mom thought she just didn’t want to eat the food she was being served. The...

That Writing Feeling

I recently read something that said: Reading is dreaming with open eyes. That may be true, but it made me think about what it’s like to actually write the stories. Is there something that you’d love to do, but you’re afraid to do it? Or maybe you don’t have the money...

Check it out—Nora Roberts

Great profile this morning on the CBS Sunday Morning Show about Nora Roberts, one of the worlds top-selling authors, with more than 400 million books in print. She received her share of rejections early on, but Nora kept trying, and became a huge success despite the...

My first real look at “Harry Potter”

I’m ashamed to admit, I watched the very first “Harry Potter” movie for the very first time last night. Making books into movies is something I think most authors aspire toward when it comes to their work. But it’s a tricky business. There’s something about a person’s...

Growing Older—Forgetting and Always Remebering

We would all be well advised to remember that one day we will each be a part of the oldest generation. They say growing old stinks, but let’s face it—the alternative isn’t so desirable either. We all hope that we won’t find ourselves finishing our days in a nursing...

Republicans and Democrats…Religion and Politics

It’s everywhere you look: Facebook…television…the radio…even on your phone’s caller ID. The fight for the position of United States President is in full swing. Here’s what I’m struggling with more than ever this year—You know those Facebook comments,...