Goodbye, Mama

#Alzheimers #lungcancer #goodbye Last night, my Mama passed into Heaven. We knew she lost her battle with cancer, and she was ready to go. She was my best friend, and confidante. Alzheimer’s Disease robbed her of many precious memories, but not her essence. Mama was a queen among women, dignified, gentle, strong—beautiful and gracious to…

Morphine or Milkshake?

#hospice #caregiver #Caregivers My left hand grasped the bottle of liquid morphine. It’s come down to this? The king of pain med. “Mom, I need to squirt this between your teeth and your cheek. It’s pretty bitter, but I’ll give you some Lime yogurt after, okay?” The dropper between my right-hand fingers shook, suspended with…

“The River Angel”

The River Angel occurs in a 1942 logging camp, and follows two young sisters hiking to the nearby river. On that hot August morning, they encounter an unexpected and terrifying situation—who will survive, and how? #River #Angels #siblings This AFPA (Acceptance for Publication Agreement) surprise-landed on my desk—I’m elated for my first paid story! It’s…

Writer’s Conferences

#writercommunity #writerslife #authorslife A few friends and I registered for the West Coast Christian Writer’s Conference. Our last experience there in 2017 was exceptional. I thought the workshops were relevant, encouraging, and I made connections there for brainstorming and story submissions. This year’s round table small groups appear fantastic! Attendees are granted the choice to…

Bookmark Sketch

Inside our church’s coffee shop, Mary and I drank our mochas. She leaned toward me, “I was told that you’re an artist. True?” “Yup.” I set my cup on the table, “I ran a mural business for years. Why?” “I’d like to give first-time visitors to Single’s Ministry a little something. Would you be willing…

The Dating Dock Illustrations

Author, Dee Aspin, hired me to create black and white pen and pencil illustrations depicting a dating journey on a kayak or speedboat. The journey ranges from fun, adventurous, or confusing and scary. Personal stories are included, and its purpose is to give hope. The book is targeted for those in their twenties or thirties…

The Dating Dock Launch

#dating2019 #singlelife #Christian Author, Dee Aspin, asked me to illustrate her book, The Dating Dock, A Journey of the Heart. I think Christian singles—college students and even older adults will find this information helpful about boundaries and self-care. My goal is for the illustrations to engage readers with a light-hearted touch.  Divorced, after twenty-three years of…

Another Badge

At the recent book launch of Inspire Kindness, I learned of a badge for contributors—Inspire Christian Writers. The group was awarded one of the Top Fifteen International Christian Writer’s Resources. Inspire sent a call out for articles and I chose to try. I am honored they accepted and posted three of my articles on their…

Anthology—Chills

#Anthology #chill #mothers #shortstories My story, Chills, depicts a humdrum day in the life of two young mothers. Breaking up the monotony of pre-school days, they go to a local park for a picnic with their four young children. It is a warm, late spring day but one mother has persistent chills. Why? What unfolds usually…

Bittersweet Christmas

#angelsmile #WINGS #christmascovered My favorite holiday, my favorite season. I love everything about it, especially since it’s Jesus’ birthday celebration. When my kids were young, I always baked Him a birthday cake. Mourning influences my thoughts and mood this Christmas. Not just because the cake is now a gluten-free, and sugar-free pie or cookie. Mom is…