Post from: April 2015

Bookfest Friday

Alright everybody. It's really happening.

Many of you know that I’ve been sharing books I’ve read, some on this blog, and before that, via a monthly newsletter we send out through our home building company. Here on my blog, I’ve been posting books on "Bookfest Fridays."

But something has shifted in me.

I’m ready to commit.

I'm upping the ante.

It’s been a VERY long-time goal of mine to read 2 books a week, 104 books a year.  I think I’ve written this goal in my journal for the last two years. Eeek! Sometimes, I read two books a week, but fail to keep momentum going week after week. Well, there’s nothing like making a public announcement to hold myself accountable:

One whole year. 2 books a week for 52 weeks. That’s 104 books in one year.

You know what I read somewhere? Many people don’t even read ONE non-fiction book from cover to cover in a whole year. Well, that's not us.

Starting in May, we're going to read two books. Every week. For a whole year.

I'll keep you updated on my blog with the books I'm reading. I'm going for one FICTION book and one NON-FICTION book per week.

If your reading this blog post way beyond the Bookfest start date of Friday, May 1, 2015, please join our groupie and start reading anyway. :) We’re not wrapping this party up until April 29, 2016, so jump on wherever you are and join the club! We’re reading to grow ourselves (and for a bit of entertainment, too), because growing ourselves is the only way to shape our lives into all we want them to be.

So. I’ll see you on Fridays on the blog! I look forward to it! Now GET TO READING! :)

P.S. I love to read books, but I also love to WRITE books. If you'd like to get notified when my next book releases, sign up here.

Teen Tuesday

Did you know that the extent of a person’s vocabulary is directly related to their professional ranking? One particular study showed that scores on a vocabulary test administered within a corporation of 500+ people directly correlated with their positions within the company. Without a single exception, the higher up the professional ladder, the higher the vocabulary scores on the test. Without a single exception. Isn’t that crazy? From the CEO with the highest vocabulary, to the janitor with the lowest.

But, vocabulary does more than help you land your dream job. Having a wide-ranging vocabulary opens up the ability to communicate better with others. Most everyone in this world speaks in order to communicate with others. Most everyone, at some point or another, has to write, just like I’m doing now.

Knowing the correct word to say, how to say it, and when to say it are crucial to communicating with others.


Vocab Words



1. Well chosen or suited to the circumstances.
2. Pleasing, fortunate.

synonyms: delightful, inspired, suitable

Soul Saturday

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” –Maya Angelou


This is so true!! I love this beautiful lady.

Bookfest Friday

I have a list of elements about what makes a peaceful family life for children. One of them is this: “Someone to recite poetry every day, a new poem each week.”

It inspired me to purchase a compiled book of poems, and I feel we have found a lovely one. It’s Caroline Kennedy’s A Family of Poems: Favorite Poetry For Children. Many of the included poems she remembers from her childhood. The book contains works from the likes of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, T.S. Elliot, William Butler Yeats, E. E. Cummings, and many more, along with beautiful illustrations. It’s amazing the trance that my children enter into when we read poetry. Something magical happens. This is a fantastic book for any child, or could make a great baby shower gift. Get it!!

Deep Thought Thursday


A blog on getting to the heart of the matter.

I was talking to a dear friend on the phone a few weeks ago. (Jane, I’ll call her in this post.) We’d already discussed the world’s dilemmas and had moved on to more personal conversations about family. Over the past year or two, Jane’s mother had started experiencing beginning stages of dementia.

Jane spoke to me, her voice light: “On Sunday, I was explaining mom’s birthday gift to her. I finished telling her, and then, just a few minutes later, Mom said ‘Sometime you’ll have to show me how to use this.’

I heard Jane’s voice waiver slightly but she continued with the same lightness as before. “It was the first time she hadn’t remembered something in the same conversation, and it hit me just how bad this is getting.”

I paused.

I was at a crossroads.

I had two ways I could respond to Jane.


Writer Wednesday

This tip might not sound vital to writing a NYT Bestseller, but it should be at the TOP of your list. But what if I told you deep breathing would help you to write a better book?

Here’s the truth: Deep, full breathing is one of THE BEST things you can do for your body. Period.

Here’s why deep breathing is so important to your health and your writing life:


Super Mom Monday

I'm not delusional enough to think that if we follow the advice below, my husband and I will automatically raise our children into Olympic champions.

But, I think it’s interesting. There seems to be similar overriding beliefs in the mindsets of all great Olympic athletes. Also interesting: many Olympic athletes directly attribute their extreme success to the support, guidance, and insight from one or both of their parents.

Could it be, perhaps, that in order to succeed at the upper echelons of competition, there are specific thought patterns that must be present in the mind of the competitor? Could it be that these specific thought patterns can be created and influenced--at least in part--by the parents? Whether done consciously or unconsciously? That perhaps these thought patterns apply to high levels of success in any field or endeavor?

My husband and I would say, resoundingly, yes.


Soul Saturday

CHECK OUT HIS QUOTE, let it soak into your bones:

“It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though limits to our abilities do not exist. We are collaborators in creation.” - Teilhard de Chardin

To this, I say: Amen brother.

Deep Thought Thursday

I like the number 4.

It's how many people are in my family.

It's the number of legs on my dog.

It's the second part of my birthday date. (August 14th)

It divides evenly in half. And quarters.


It's a good number.