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The Stories that Bind Us

We are holed up here at the house on the lake awaiting Irma.  The patio furniture has been tied down. The boat tied up. The cars have been moved to an open clearing. Water has been put into zip-lock bags and bathtubs.

And here it is 9-11 and the most inarticulate president to ever serve this nation is hosting a memorial service at the Pentagon.

The Pentagon.

I can’t see it without thinking of my friends Hubert and Lillian Champion. read more

Book Giveaway #3: Annie Laura’s Triumph


One of the great joys of being a writer is getting to read the work of other writers before it goes to print. I did that recently with a novel by Milinda Jay of Panama City, Florida. I have known Milinda for several years now and adore her. She is such a bright spirit and always, always manages to find the good in everything. Even the very hard things.

I had a better sense of where Milinda gets her strength while reading ANNIE LAURA’s TRIUMPH. It’s a historical fiction based on a very terrible event in the life of one Milinda’s kinfolks (but I’ll let her tell you all about that). read more

Why Won’t Trump Shut Up?


Let’s talk for a moment, shall we?

If your newsfeed on Facebook or Twitter is anything like mine, all those precious kitten memes have been replaced by memes of Donald Trump.

As a writer and a curious person, someone who tries to understand motivations of others, I have sought out conversations one-on-one with people who are Trump supporters. For the record, I have several family members and more than a handful of friends who are voting for Trump.  I have even lost some friends over my opposition to Trump. read more

The Letter


A woman called me once, a woman I had met only one time at a reading I did in Oregon. I don’t even remember her name now but she had a dream she wanted to share with me. She said Karly Sheehan appeared to her in that dream.

I was in Seattle when the call came, caring for my dying mother. I went into the living room, sat in the white leather chair of my mom’s that I always loved so much, and listened as this woman told me how she’d had this dream in which Karly appeared and told her to tell me that she was with me, that she was glad, I think she even used the word proud, that I had told her story, and that she was watching over the other abused children like her. Karly wanted me to know that she was happy and doing well but that she was also doing good work from life on the other side. read more

In the Lord’s Army

Pastor Terry Jones has General David Petraeus worried. Jones, and his congregants at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida intend to hold an old-fashioned book burning. The bonfire is intended to commemorate those who lost their lives in the attack on 9-11, and, most importantly, to ignite a faith in Jesus among Muslims.

This is not the first time fire has been used as a tool by combatants in the Lord’s Army. Petraeus, who’s got no beef with Jesus, is rightly concerned about Jones’s plans to burn copies of the Koran as a means ministering the true message of Christ. read more