Saturday, December 24, 2011


Christmas Poem 2011

Trees withered,
And now finally rain,
The drenched Earth rejoices
So hungry after the long summer drought.
We are unaware as the great engines spin.
Our one star in the curved arm of the Milky Way.
And we live another year on our blue ball marble
Hung by God, and wonder at the mysteries of dust
Come alive, and the door opened to glory in the highest.
This year the whispers of eternity ask me to put aside the thoughts
That slow my spin, they assure me of fathomless love and unending peace.
A soul candle flares with this light, here I am, dust brought to life
Oh, and I like the dry earth,
I stretch out my arms
And take in long
Awaited rain.

I will be back next year with more reasons to seize the day.

Here is my Christmas doodle.

My quote for this day:

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

Friday, December 16, 2011


Hi folks, I'm going to dip a little into Middle Earth here, and if you don't have a clue what that is, I'm sorry! I have the kind of family that has long discussions on whether they are elves, ints, hobbits, dwarfs, human, orcs, or wizards. I certainly am a hobbit. Around the holidays, breaking out the 10 or so hours to watch the extended version of The Lord of the Rings always seems like a good idea. This year has been no different.

So what does my LOTR jag teach me? What does my hobbit-self feel? I've launched out on a great journey too. My goal -- the life needed to tell a story about there and back again. Is any life less than a journey with a terrible burden? We all suffer. We all face dangerous waters and treacherous enemies. We all carry heavy things that have scarred us without and within. We all start out with a sense of purpose but find ourselves embroiled in great battles. Horrendous battles come and we face down unspeakable evils.

We form fellowships. They grow and flourish. We argue, we let each other down, we say our callous words and bring up all the dirt, and hopefully we bend to higher angels and find good moments -- we forgive each other, we believe each other, we hope for each other. Sometimes,we watch our fellowships shatter with no way to hold together the shards of broken bonds. But still, we press on. Our little battles are all part of much greater battle that rages. We live on a war torn planet, none of us have much control. My heart's cry is to see good triumph over evil. We take comfort in the fact that death is nothing to fear, but shining shores are ahead.

It's been a tough week for me -- the car's is probably totalled (son is fine, so much to be thankful for). And between writing articles, I have faced the deep waters of pressing on as a writer, hungering ever to write that stirs the soul and realizing I will have to face down my own weaknesses to do that. And over and over the Lord of the Rings has spoken to me. Thank you, J.R.R. Tolkien. I can imagine we could have been friends. I thank Peter Jackson, too, for making the movies. I can imagine we could be friends too.

And to my friends, let's live for greater things. Peace.

Here is a doodle: "Window into my imagination.

Here is I think my favorite LOTR quote from the movies:

Frodo: "I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

from Lord of the Rings

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Hi, folks, it's the busy time of the year for me. It's not even thinking about snowing here, but my life is a flurry! For some reason I always get work in December, and this one is no different. I've got fifteen articles to write, a thousand or so essays to read, a novel revision to finish, a story start to polish, and a sample book for a company. Whew! My head is spinning.

I must Christmas shop sometime! My husband time is out of the country for the holidays. He's off fixing nuclear machinery in the middle of the Atlantic on the JOIDES Resolution. They are studying the Earth's crust under the ocean.

The crazy thing with all this stuff to do, I'm out of control with reading right now. Oh, my, I have a big stack by the bed. I'm also writing my own stuff. Fitting it into the corners of my life. And of course, I've got a organ and brass concert to go to and the Christmas light festival, and some pecan pie baking is my future too! Whoa! this is a crazy time of year.

The most important thing I know is to keep it all positive. Oh, believe me, it is a struggle. To me the sky is falling. Me and Chicken Little are soul siblings. So my hourly assignment is to not complain, enjoy my life, and write in every margin I can find.

Just a reminder, I hope that you give my picture book a look and help me win a library for Sul Ross Elementary. It's called "The Big Fuzzy Coat." I am quite pleased with it. Please consider giving it a vote if you indeed know what Facebook is. Select the following link and choose "like". Pass it on please.

Peace, friends. Seize the day.

No doodle this week. I'm entering the local baking contest with my Christmas Package Lemon-Raspberry-Macadamia-Nut Bars. Here is the pic.

Here is a quote to think about. Perhaps we should try to be this kind of busy bee. :)

Here, on the river's verge, I could be busy for months without changing my place, simply leaning a little more to right or left. Paul Cezanne

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Big Fuzzy Coat

Ah, hello, friends.I entered a contest that requires folks to vote for your work. I'm not the "popular sort" and it has quickly become apparent that this contest is about people who can really connect with media and are social butterflies of this world. I have always been a worker bee with a few of the best sort of friends in the universe. Still I'm giving it my best shot.

My friends are busy this time of year, and I tend to hang out with the Facewhat? crowd. You have to be on Facebook to vote in the contest. So the votes haven't exactly been rolling in yet. This is not me whining. I'm just trying to look out at the world and perceive it. Part of me is down. I've had just tons of asthma attacks this week to the point I just don't want to get out of bed. It's taking everything just to breathe. So what am I learning. Writing books is hard work. Promoting books is hard work. There is a lot of hard work in the universe.

The truest thing I know is trying is important and taking risks is important. Putting yourself in the public eye takes bravery. And if you speak and find that your are not a roaring lion but instead you are more of the quiet voice type -- that's nothing to worry about. Do the little things of your life with great love.

I hope that you give my story a look. It's called The Big Fuzzy Coat. I am quite pleased with it. Please consider giving it a vote if you indeed know what Facebook is. Select the following link and choose "like". Pass it on please.

If you don't know what Facebook is, it is nothing to be worried about. You can read my story anyway, and I think that you will like it.

I'm forgoing this week's doodle for my recent masterpiece. I made a lemon meringue pie. Here is the pic:

Here is a Bible quote that always sticks with me. It gives a sense of the deep waters the flow unseen.

And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11