Faith and Spirituality, goals, Gratitude, Quotes

My One Word

It’s that time again. Time for My One Word. My One Word is a movement where you prayerfully choose one word to help narrow your focus for self-improvement. I don’t know about you, but a long list of resolutions is daunting. And quickly broken! Focusing on just one word and creatively applying that word, impacts… Continue reading My One Word

Fun, Life Lessons, Quotes

My One Word

As the New Year approaches–much too quickly, I must add–I’ve been preparing for, and contemplating, my one word for 2018. My One Word is an experiment developed by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen to help people get past the disappointment of not being able to keep News Years Resolutions. I used to be one of… Continue reading My One Word

Faith and Spirituality, Fun, Life Lessons, Quotes, Writing

My One Word for 2015…and a Goal

Several years ago I abandoned the New Year’s resolution attempts for New Year’s goals. And three years ago I abandoned New Year’s goals for My One Word. I’m not going say one is better than the others, only that My One Word appealed to me. In fact, I think New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap. Sure… Continue reading My One Word for 2015…and a Goal

Advocacy, Faith and Spirituality, goals, Gratitude, Writing

Making a Difference to Just One

A while back a friend talked to me about her desire to make a difference in the lives of others by getting her “story” out there. That story consists of almost being murdered by her ex-husband. No one–as in not one–not even the doctors, expected her to survive. But survive she did! She’s truly a… Continue reading Making a Difference to Just One

Faith and Spirituality, Family, Life Lessons

Welcoming 2019 with Words

In 2015 I joined the My One Word movement. This movement is an opportunity to choose one word that best determines how you would like your life to grow in the coming year. It’s much more realistic to focus on one word for the year than set New Year’s resolutions, only to break them by… Continue reading Welcoming 2019 with Words

Life Lessons, Quotes

My Least Favorite Four-Letter Word

B-U-S-Y. It’s one of my least favorite four-letter words. No matter where you look, people are busy. And the typical answer when asking someone you haven’t seen for a while how they’ve been, is “Busy.” People are busy. Work is busy. Life is busy. Everything and everyone is busy. We’re busy at work and then… Continue reading My Least Favorite Four-Letter Word

Fun, Writing

Development of the Melanie Hogan Cozy Mysteries

I’m often asked by my readers, “How do you come up with your ideas?” To which I chuckle and joke, “My mind is a scary place.” Okay, so maybe I’m not joking. Not completely, anyway. But since I write cozy mysteries and suspense, both that contain “clean” romance, I think I’ll pass my mother’s inspection.… Continue reading Development of the Melanie Hogan Cozy Mysteries

Advocacy, Alcoholism, Faith and Spirituality, Life Lessons

Love One Another as I Have Loved You

Love one another as I have loved you.  -John 13:34 For those of you who have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know my husband and I like to go bike riding. We have a stunningly beautiful trail that follows the river and goes into Denver, about 30 miles round trip.… Continue reading Love One Another as I Have Loved You

Gratitude, Life Lessons, Quotes, Writing

The Power of Words

  A while back I posted on this topic and this morning it was brought to my attention again. While I was on my morning run, enjoying some moments strung together without rain or snow, I met up with an older couple, each with their own garbage bag, picking up trash along the river trail. The river trail… Continue reading The Power of Words

A to Zing, Fun, Writing

April (Word) Showers

I’ve temporarily changed the old saying, April Showers bring May flowers,  to April Showers Bring Lots of Writing Hours. Last April I participated in the A to Z Blogging Challenge,  and this year I’ve decided to head to Camp for the month of April. Camp NaNoWriMo. I will still be reading the blog posts of those participating in the challenge,… Continue reading April (Word) Showers