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The Birthing of a Beautiful Book Cover

Cover Appeal I love meandering through book stores and relishing in the visual smorgasbord of colors, images, fonts, and witty words crafted into titles, cover copy, and tantalizing taglines. If I’m lucky enough to land myself in a store with a built-in coffee shop, the scent of printed paper mixed with the waft of my… Continue reading The Birthing of a Beautiful Book Cover

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Andrea Merrell– Author. Editor. Blogger. Instructor. Mother. Grandmother. Wife. All with a Heart for Jesus

Back in 2014, when Andrea Merrell was assigned as editor for my debut book, I may as well have died and gone to heaven. I was spoiled from the get-go–my learning curve shot straight to the moon with her edits and suggestions–all with a loving, kind, and genuine heart. Now, it’s my privilege to share… Continue reading Andrea Merrell– Author. Editor. Blogger. Instructor. Mother. Grandmother. Wife. All with a Heart for Jesus

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Warrior Women & Why They Matter in Story and Life

Who Are These Brave and Courageous Women? Not who you might think. I’m not talking about Wonder Woman or Jamie Sommers the Bionic Woman (okay, I just dated myself, plus we share the same name and, therefore, she was my childhood alter ego). Admittedly, I sped around my elementary school playground with superhuman agility, strength,… Continue reading Warrior Women & Why They Matter in Story and Life

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Creative Instruction Makes Learning Memorable & Fun

Author. Artist …  It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I stepped out of the formal classroom after a wonderful twenty year career in elementary education. It was a difficult decision but one that allowed me to breathe new life into my long-time art studio, Piggy Toes, and provide the freedom of time… Continue reading Creative Instruction Makes Learning Memorable & Fun

Inspirations · Love · power of words · Valentine's Day · Writing

How To Say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS . . . Elizabeth Barrett Browning surely had her mojo on when she penned the famous words from Sonnet 43. So as we leap into the love month, why not take a moment to reflect on how (and when) to share with someone in your… Continue reading How To Say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day

Bella · Chasing the Butterfly · Companionship · Dog Lover · Golden Retriever · Gracie · Loss of a Pet · Puppy · Watchful Eyes · Wisdom from a Dog · Writing

Watchful Eyes

Watchful Eyes Gracie Bella a.k.a. Stinkerbelle It has been over half a year since I wrote about the loss of Gracie, our eleven-year-old Golden. It’s been nearly as long since Bella joined our family.Logic had said, “Not another dog so soon.” Besides, the end of summer was quickly approaching and I would be back teaching.… Continue reading Watchful Eyes

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A Book Cover Is Born!

A Book Cover Is Born! It’s all come together. The stars have aligned and the axis is exact. Chasing the Butterfly has a face and now I can smile along with it.  It’s a funny thing to write a book–revise, edit, revise, edit… And in the process, you talk with your characters in the shower and… Continue reading A Book Cover Is Born!