Hounds of Heaven


Both my dogs have rejected me. They are lousy, two-timing, ungrateful mutts who have little regard for the hand that feeds them, clothes them (well, buys their collars) and provides a roof over their furry little heads. They are dog adulterers, and the worst thing about it is they cheat right in front of me. […]

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A birthday gift for you!

The Deceived final front

Today is my birthday, and boy, have I got a gift for you! My friend Kelly Harrel (isn’t she pretty?) has just released her new YA title, The Deceived. You’ll want to grab a copy for your favorite young adult, but here’s the kicker: you’ll want to read it too! So go ahead. Read it […]

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A Fresh Start

I found this cool picture on CelebratingEverydayLife.com and knew I couldn't take a better picture than this . . .

Don’t you love Texas in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. Okay, I may have plagiarized most of that line from Joe Fox in the movie You’ve Got Mail, but I could have said it. […]

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Like a Fungus

Renae Rick on ground

The honeymoon is over. On the honeymoon, the bride and groom pamper and primp before going to bed. They fix their hair, spray cologne, and wear oh-so-perfect bedtime attire to make sure everything about them invites kisses and cuddles and ooshy-gooshy romance. Last night, Superman came to bed wearing an old, stained t-shirt. Me: What […]

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Spring Cleaning

One of the sunflowers in my yard . . .

It may be summertime where you live, but it’s spring for me. I’ve been scrubbing my home like Mr. Clean on a coffee-high, getting ready for a wedding. At my house. My step-daughter, Hannah, and her fiancé, Kyle, are getting married Saturday. A year ago, when they asked if they could hold the wedding on […]

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Live Small

Echo Canyon

I am officially one of the cool kids now. A few weeks ago I went whitewater rafting, and I didn’t even fall out of the boat. Never mind that the rapids on that particular day were about as dangerous as my bathtub . . . I was rugged and awesome. And I had fun. But […]

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A Dog’s Life . . .


Both my dogs are having identity crises. Ginger is an outside dog who thinks she’s an inside dog. C.J. is an inside dog who thinks he’s an outside dog. Let me explain. Ginger is supposed to be a full-blooded Basset hound. We have our doubts about the full-blooded part. She’s just about the sweetest dog […]

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Love Story


My husband retired in May, and I’m pretty sure he’s about to embark on a new career as a yenta. Only, instead of romantic matches, he finds people a family. Well, not actually people. He finds families for lonely ducks. He has a gift. A couple of years ago, we purchased a bunch of baby […]

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China Doll

charis 8-8-17 2

At this moment I’m sitting in my bed, propped against pillows and typing this to you. My fingers are here. My brain is here. But mascara tracks my cheeks, and my heart is somewhere in the air between Texas and Vancouver. By this time tomorrow, my heart will be on the other side of the […]

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question marks

I have a riddle for you. Two guys and a girl are walking down the street. One has a golf club, one has a shovel, and one has a flashlight. What are they doing? If you can answer correctly, you’ll win a million dollars in Monopoly money. I’ll have it wired to your bank account, […]

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