This weekend I finished Max Lucado’s "Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World." I saw on his website that he “writes books for people who don’t read books.” I liked the layout of the study on anxiety as well as the short chapters and brisk pace. I found myself quoting this book often… Continue reading How to be ‘C.A.L.M.’ in a chaotic world
I decided to start a review as I start reading “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s one I’ve read before, so I know the story, but sometimes I read to escape without much reflection. I might notice something in passing, but I don’t always delve deeper. This novel was Gaskell’s third novel that was… Continue reading A second reading of “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell
As a Christian, I have had periods where I wrestled with whether I was a true believer. I would go through periods of great depression and anxiety and question my faith. I would come out of the other side of that valley knowing Jesus carried me, but still wonder why I questioned my faith. I… Continue reading Help My Unbelief!
While I read Catherine Taylor’s debut novel “Beyond the Moon,” I remembered two other novels where main characters switch bodies and lives hundreds of years apart from each other. In Laurie Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict,” Courtney Stone was drunk on Absolut, wearing her wedding dress, as she despaired of her broken… Continue reading Sidebar to Review of Catherine Taylor’s “Beyond the Moon”
I requested Catherine Taylor’s first novel “Beyond the Moon” after reading that it is time-travel fiction. Time travel in books and film is one of my most favorite themes in fiction. The “how” and the “why” questions of time travel find their way to the surface often as I read. Even though my imagination is… Continue reading A Review of “Beyond the Moon,” Catherine Taylor’s debut novel
I love Pinterest. I find so many great hacks, decorating ideas, and recipes. But it wasn't until recently that I started creating a board for books I am reading. I got the idea from authors I follow who do this when planning and writing their books. They will pin pictures and information about time periods… Continue reading Reading with Pinterest
Available now for release this fall, Lynn Cullen’s The Sisters of Summit Avenue is a story for those who like suspense-filled historical novels. Set in the 1920s and ‘30s, Dorothy is the daughter of a butler and housekeeper for the Lambs, a well-to-do family, not unlike the Granthams of Downton Abbey. She has two daughters,… Continue reading Review of The Sisters of Summit Avenue
I just finished re-reading Lysa TerKeurst’s book, “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way." When I started reading this book with my women's Bible study, I found myself grabbing my pencil and highlighting so many gems. I could hear TerKeurst’s voice long before seeing the DVD of breakout sessions. It wasn’t long before I thought… Continue reading A review of “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst
“What does it mean to see?” Christy Lefteri asked this question working on her first novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo.” A daughter of Cypriot refugees, she was drawn to volunteer work for a UNICEF-led refugee center in Athens. The people she worked with wanted to tell their stories despite the language barrier, and she became… Continue reading A review of Christy Lefteri’s upcoming novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo”
I'd been dragging myself around the house the last two weeks with a sinus infection so checked out “Where’d you go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. I remember seeing this title in a list of book club favorites. I saw that Cate Blanchett is on the Kindle dust cover -- Yay! She will play title character… Continue reading Review of “Where’d you go, Bernadette”
This week I finished reading an uncorrected proof of Glenn Packiam’s “Blessed, Broken, and Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus.”* I did see a few places where two words stuck together, but overall I couldn't tell this was a proof. (Hopefully someone catches that, but those words might have run… Continue reading A review of “Blessed, Broken, and Given” by Glenn Packiam, an ARC
I'm tired of the many times I’ve left conversations thinking: “Why did I say that?” I went on a search for an inspirational work about how to have better conversations with people. The book “Keep It Shut” by Karen Ehman caught my eye for the clever cover. Ehman is part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries… Continue reading A review of “Keep It Shut”
Looking for a new-to-you historical fiction series to read? Consider the three novels in the “Tales from Ivy Hill” series by Julie Klassen. I just finished book 3 and want to share with you some of the highlights of these novels. I wrote on Goodreads early on that I was surprised how well multiple points… Continue reading A review of “Tales from Ivy Hill”
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I gained a piece of information during visits at Pain Relief of Dayton that would help me when I thought I didn’t need help. I was seeing a psychotherapist already while receiving treatments so I thought I was squared away when Dr. Buenaventura told me about a… Continue reading Approaches to treating migraine 3a
In my previous posts, I have focused on medications used to prevent or treat migraine. In the next few posts I will focus on alternative methods of treatment my doctor recommended to prevent migraine and also to attack the problem of my dueling disturbances of fibromyalgia and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). I must say that… Continue reading Approaches to treating migraine 3
I've been seeing memoirs from those living with migraine and realized I don't really write on this condition I've lived with for 35 years. I sometimes distance myself from migraine. I don't want that to define who I am, but it's probably the biggest part of my life. Most people who know me know I… Continue reading A review of my life with migraine
Imagine a world without fairy tales.
While every culture has developed it’s own tales and fables through time, the success of fairy tales can be traced back to a small group of people.
Four of the most prolific and important of those authors were French writer Charles Perrault, German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
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Excellent post on editing writing. I have read and recommend Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FC0SIM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
For those of you who are too busy to read this post, here’s the secret to great writing according to Stephen King:
Take out the bad parts.
If this sounds like useless advice, you have yet to understand that great writing is all about rewriting. And you rewrite by taking out the words that aren’t necessary.
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I have some crazy dreams! I really should write them down. I blame the melatonin that I take every night.
Dreams by Samuel Melton Fisher
How to keep a Dream Journal
Begin before bed.
It is important to write about your day before you fall asleep.
Ask yourself key questions: Who did you see? What did you do? Did you have any major events? What was the most emotionally charged event of the day? The answers to these questions could give you insight into your more ambiguous dreams.
Keep your journal close.
Keep a journal by your bedside to record your dreams. It is essential to write down your dreams the moment you wake up. Not doing so could cause your mind to scramble key elements, or you could forget important details all together! Also, make sure to note how you felt upon waking up. Your emotions are insightful when you reflect back on what you dream is telling you.
Record your dreams every day!
Begin to record your dreams daily…
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