words and music by Zach Williams "For God (the Great Spirit, the Almighty Source, the Ultimate Power, the I Am, the unconditional, unmerited, unearnable acceptance known as LOVE) has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:17 When he told you you're … Continue reading LIAR
Photo by Roberto Nickson on Pexels.com In my story, Looking for Pork Chop McQuade, Cupcake has spent her whole life taking care of others, putting her needs last, pushing her dreams to the side, making herself “dimmer” so that those around her can feel “brighter.” How many of us do that in real life? I’d … Continue reading Love, Love, Love…that’s all there is. Nothing else is real.
Straddled with a ridiculous name that has caused her a lifetime of grief, Cupcake McQuade has spent her whole life taking care of other people. In fact, she has been so concerned about others that she doesn't really know who she is, but she knows one thing--she loves Bob "Pork Chop" McQuade, a conspiracy theorist … Continue reading Looking for Pork Chop McQuade
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I will hold this place this joy in my heart all year all life I will see forever
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com “John sought stability,” I said. “He liked to eat, and he liked his life to be predictable and ordinary and he built his entire world around me. I didn’t always appreciate him, you know.” Azariah said, “Sometimes you wanted more?” “Yes, sometimes I wanted more. I just felt so … Continue reading A Snippet from my WIP
"Love makes us brave and gives us faith. Fear makes us selfish...."
Photo by Mariu00e1n u0160icko on Pexels.com Before I go into my spill, let me tell you a true story. My dad used to tell me that if an animal wasn't trying to eat me and I didn't need to eat it, then leave it alone. That's not to say that he never killed a wasp. … Continue reading The Life of a BEAST
Kentucky is home to more fresh running water than any state other than Alaska. (So let me take a moment to say: when you visit our lakes and streams, PICK UP YOUR TRASH!)One of those rivers was made famous by John Prine in his song, Paradise, in 1971, when the lyrics said, "Daddy won't you … Continue reading Green River: A National Treasure
Oneida, Tennessee, photo by Connie Hensley https://www.britannica.com/place/Cumberland-Plateau In his book, Upper Cumberland Country, William Lynwood Montel talks about a culture that permeates Northern Tennessee and parts of Kentucky that stretches from Adair County at the edge of the Pennyroyal Region across Russell, Casey, Pulaski, Wayne, Clinton, Cumberland and eastward to the Cumberland Gap and on … Continue reading This Sacred River Land
I believe in being positive and affirming, even when it's not popular, doesn't sell books, make news, gain followers, or make money. I believe in living as peacefully as possible with all people, but in doing that, it means giving up the illusion of ego and the need to be right. Having said that, I'm … Continue reading On Being Humane Beings
Photo of grave marker for Ella Duncan Wallen. She was not my direct ancestor but was married to a relative of a direct ancestor. I simply saw her beautiful face on this grave marker and read her story on find-a-grave. She and her one-year-old baby died one day apart in 1918 and I couldn't help … Continue reading 8 Lessons I’ve Learned from my Ancestors
The most wonderful part of writing is well, writing. There is such joy in letting a story flow right through you as characters come to life and act out an entire plot line of drama, comedy, suspense, love, relationships, and intrigue. There is something magical about pulling a person from your imagination and breathing "life" … Continue reading Writer’s Blues
Don't wait for a thing to become reality before you are thankful for it. Be thankful, happy, rejoicing over it's reality and THEN it becomes a reality. Don't try to force life to happen. Make time to be still, to quiet all the voices of the outside world and listen to your own heart/spirit. Connect … Continue reading Personal Thoughts to Begin 2021
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On a perfect day there would be no clocks calendars schedules....