Category: Books!

Living With a Loved One’s PTSD

Nightmares. Rage. Addictions. Avoidance behaviors. Paranoia. Hyper-vigilance. These symptoms are the everyday realities of living with a loved one who has PTSD. For family members and friends who don’t have PTSD, it can be difficult to understand. PTSD symptoms can be triggered by a wide variety of things: sounds, situations, smells, even common words and […]


From Hot Mess to Blessed, by Julie K. Gillies

I am in a season of my life in which I am a hot mess. Truly. Unfortunately, it is a season that has lasted… decades? Maybe, but certainly for YEARS! Enter, the new Bible Study by Julie K.Gillies, titled “From Hot Mess to Blessed: Hope to Propel Your Soul and the Promises that Change Everything.” […]


All wives Are Warriors

Yep, all wives. We are designed to e warriors, alongside our husbands. Remember that crazy verse in Genesis? “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 A suitable helper? Seriously? In the garden, charged with caring for and having dominion over… everything? A […]


Center-punched Sideways Again!

How do I keep getting knocked so far off track that I’m not even sure I’m still on the same internet as my readers? By now, I’m sure my readers recognize the signs and the pattern. Yep, when I step away and get quiet, it means that I’m questioning (again?!) my purpose, mission, goals, and […]


The Strong Minds Mission

I was talking with one of my amazing stepdaughters a while back and, as usual, she said something that lodged in my brain permanently. She is an incredible, strong, talented and inspirational songwriter and performer, who said, “I work hard every day to be the very best version of “me” that I can be. I […]


What Do You Write On? (Or: The Joys of Journals!)

For many, many years, I wrote everything on lined, 3-hole punched notebook paper. After all, that is what teachers require, right? The REALLY picky ones ban all paper with messy, spiral-bound edges too! I wrote everything for work and school in blue or black ink because, again, that was required. But somewhere along the way, […]


YA Fiction: Books that Inspire

Many adults enjoy reading YA fiction, in spite of criticism from other adult readers saying that they need to “grow up,” and “quit living in the past.” But is that really the reason that adults read YA? Is it a fair assumption that adult readers are developmentally stunted or nostalgic for their youth? I, for […]