Celebrate with a Children’s Book Today

Celebrate with a Children’s Book Today

  “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss This week has been deemed “Children’s Book Week,” celebrating children’s books that impacted us as youngsters, as well as encouraging all of us to read a children’s book to the special little ones in our lives. Established in 1919, it’s the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, and as a children’s book author of more than 50…

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Be a Difference Maker

Be a Difference Maker

I’ve often heard it said that there are three kinds of people in life: Those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who ask “What just happened?” At different stages of my life, I’ve probably fallen into all three categories, and I bet you have, too. But it’s my desire to always be in that first group—the movers and the shakers, the doers, the ones who are making things happen. Maybe that’s why I love the…

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The Final Category

The Final Category

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NLT) Just recently while visiting friends in Texas, I attended a church near Tyler. After being greeted quite warmly, I was asked to fill out a guest card and place it into the offering plate. As I wrote down all my pertinent information, my eyes settled on the…

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My Scribe Tribe

My Scribe Tribe

Earlier this month, I took part in a non-fiction children’s writing retreat at The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. Now, I wasn’t originally scheduled to go. In fact, I sort of weaseled my way into this small group of very talented, well-published, amazing group of writers from all over the country. My dear friend Wendy Lanier had mentioned she was going one day while we were chatting on the phone, and I begged her, “Can you get me in?” Wendy…

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A Little Polar Pop and Jesus…

A Little Polar Pop and Jesus…

  I sometimes feel like I’m not a “real adult” because I don’t drink coffee. Though I love the aroma of freshly brewed java, I much prefer to start my day with a half Diet Pepsi/half Cherry Pepsi combo. If I’m traveling and not near a Circle-K to get that all-important first-thing-in-the-morning Polar Pop, I can get a little testy. I always tease, “You won’t like me before I’ve had caffeine.” My closest friends buy me Polar Pop gift cards…

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Mommy, it’s Doris Day!

Mommy, it’s Doris Day!

Just last week, my favorite actress of all time, Doris Day, celebrated her 96th birthday.  Not only am I a fan, but also I raised some diehard Doris Day fans. You see, on rainy days, Abby and Ally and I would pop popcorn—the real buttery kind—put on our favorite jammies, and have classic movie marathons on my big bed. Sometimes Jeffrey even joined us. On one such rainy afternoon, we enjoyed a Doris Day/James Garner double feature, watching “The Thrill of…

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Let the Healing Begin…

Let the Healing Begin…

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (NASB) As a high school and college cheerleader, I found tan legs to be an important asset. Let’s face it—legs look thinner when tan. So, I tanned—probably more than I should have—at tanning salons and lying on an actual beach when time allowed. So, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when the biopsy on my left leg came back positive for melanoma…

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Tent Vision

Tent Vision

One of my very favorite stories in the Bible is found in Genesis chapter 15—the story of Abram. Remember that one? God shows Abram a vision about his future. Let’s look at that passage together. “Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”  But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have…

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Do You Know Your Enemy?

Do You Know Your Enemy?

As a former sportswriter, a diehard Indiana Hoosiers Basketball fan, and a lifelong cheerleader, I pretty much live for March Madness. While basketball fans across the United States make travel arrangements and prepare to cheer on their favorite teams in the Big Dance, the coaches and teams who were fortunate enough to make it into the tourney are also in full-out preparation mode. You can bet as soon as those teams found out who their opponents would be in the…

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The Fixed Hunt

The Fixed Hunt

As we enter this Easter Season, my mind drifts back to the annual “Medlock Easter Egg Eggstravaganza.” It was truly a thing of wonder…one of our family’s best and most treasured traditions. My Mom (otherwise known as Mamaw) took great pride in being the best grandmother in the world, which meant planning elaborate family events such as our family’s Easter egg hunt. She shopped for weeks in advance of Easter, finding every grandchild’s favorite candy, and several special trinkets and…

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