Competition: story rewrite


Literature

[Exasperated sigh after story hour at the Zooks] Are there or are there not just some really psychotic characters in the story of Rumpelstiltskin? First we have the proud father, who tells a complete lie to the king and sends his daughter’s future up in smoke. Oh, good thinking, Pops. Then we have the king. […]

October 13, 2014

Good books!


Literature

I’d like to give you a peek at some of the good books I’m reading right now–from children’s books to fiction to spiritual growth. They’re worth your time! (Click a cover to view the book on amazon.com–you may be able to look inside!) To Be a Slave, by Julius Lester (non-fiction) Mr. Lester’s purpose in […]

April 30, 2014

Good news! Book discount!


Literature

Last summer I hosted a book giveaway for Life is for Living–Not for Waiting Around, written by my friend Anita Yoder. We had one fortunate winner. But here’s some good news for the rest of you: her book is now available at a 60% discount, close-out special, through March 31st. That means it’s only $4.40 […]

March 14, 2014

Concerning rain


Growing stuff, Literature

Confession: I am a sunshine lover, but oh, the nice rich rain! All day it has fallen; and if it nourishes even me, how must the grass feel? ***** It rained and it rained and it rained. Piglet told himself that never in all his life, and he was goodness knows how old–three, was it, […]

June 6, 2013

The second year


Growing stuff, Literature

In by Louis Sachar, Stanley Yelnats is sentenced to eighteen months at a boys’ penitential camp, where each boy must dig a five-foot hole in the desert every single day. Five feet across in every direction, five feet deep. “If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it […]

May 17, 2013

Book giveaway


Literature

Profession: I have charming friends who write charming books. One is Miss Anita Yoder, my friend from Poland by way of Ireland. We met remotely—and don’t you dare think “Internet” because it wasn’t. It was a lovely old-fashioned snail mail writers’ workshop, in which we were fined a postage stamp for every day we delayed […]

April 25, 2013