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Giveaway for Version of God Loves You. -Chester Blue

My first giveaway went so well that I'm doing another one! To celebrate the launch of the audiobook version of God Loves You. -Chester Blue, I'm giving away a copy from

If you're interested in listening to this really wonderful telling of Chester Blue's story by the incredibly talented Ralph Morocco, please sign up below.

The giveaway runs through Monday, October 29th.

Thank you!

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Week-ending: A Commonplace Book

I'm digging deep for inspiration this weekend and finding it everywhere.

From the audiobook I'm listening to in the car while I run around town doing errands: Three Feet from Gold a modern day retelling of theclassic Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill..I got this quote:

"Goals are just dreams until you write them down." 

So, I'm writing down my goals for the 4th Quarter this weekend.

And then this very inspiring girl-power video from Alicia Keys...Girl on Fire

What's inspiring you this weekend?

Turkey Two-fers: Meatloaf and Meatballs

Suzanne betrays her love of carbs with the world's largest scoop of smashed potatoes

We've been cooking with 'lighter' meats as part of our plan to help Mom drop her cholesterol and me to lose weight.
We've also discovered that instead of making one large dish, we can get creative and create two different dishes and freeze one. 
Which is exactly what we did here. We made a small turkey, sausage meatloaf that the two of us could share with a little bit leftover for lunch the following day.
And then, using the other half of the same mixture, we made 24 meatballs that we baked and then froze in bags of six apiece for quick spaghetti and meatball dinners at some time in the future.
Best of all, we incorporated diced, sautéed vegetables into the turkey/sausage mix to make both dishes extra healthy.

Turkey Two-fer: Meatballs and Meatloaf

1 lb of ground turkey
1 lb of ground italian style pork sausage
1/2 cup oatmeal or breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/2 - 1 bell pepper (re…

Week-ending: A Commonplace Book

Experience joy this weekend.

Try something new.

Have fun, just for the sake of fun.

 Maybe this will inspire you...

And then share the results with the rest of us in the comments below!

Listening to God

Listening to God - 7 October 2012

Every so often I have a meaningful insight from my year-long walk through the Bible, which I'm recording on my other blog: One Woman's Walk Through the Bibleand I want to share it here as well. 

Verses from Today's Reading:

Jeremiah 6:16-17

Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
But you reply, 'No, that's not the road we want!'

I posted watchmen over you who said,
'Listen for the sound of the alarm.'
But you replied, 'No! We won't pay attention!'

Colossians 2:8-10

Don't let anyone capture you
with empty philosophies and
high-sounding nonsense that come from
human thinking and from the spiritual
power of this world, rather than from

For in Christ lives all the fullness
of God in a human body. So you also are
complete though your union with Christ, who is the
head over e…

Week-ending: A Commonplace Book

Famous first lines:

Then there was the bad weather. It would come in one day when the fall was over. We would have to shut the windows in the night agains the rain and the cold wind would strip the leaves from the trees in the Place Contrescarpe.

A Moveable Feast
-Ernest Hemingway

What do you like about people?

More Essays on Writing from my Orangeberry Book Tour

When I first saw this essay topic I chuckled to myself. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am incredibly reclusive, and am generally more comfortable with the company of my three dogs than a room full of people.
Which is not a bad thing for someone whose occupational requirements entail spending hours in front a computer, working in quiet, with only a little background music cable news for white noise.
And yet.
As a writer, I must my imagination is full of people, since they make up the characters that populate my stories and their wants and needs and foibles must be as real as my own or my friends, or I don’t have a story to tell.
Which is why it’s good to have an active imagination. But also why it’s necessary for me to leave my home office once in a while, or more, and get out and interact with real live humans. And why it’s even more important for me to have friends and family and relationships that have ups and downs and evolve …

Happy Autumn!

* All of these lovely pictures were taken on September 29th, Saturday, on a drive up to Echo Lake and then down to Idaho Springs via 106 from Evergreen, Colorado.