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Eagle Saturday Market

I’ll be at the Eagle Saturday Market, May 20th, from 10am-2pm, sharing a booth with Rochelle Cunningham.

We have our books for sale, and we’ll even autograph them for you!

We also have handmade goodies, pens, pencils, and magic wands!

I’ll have my bags of crystals for sale too. Come and check it out. We’d love to see you.

buy a bag of specialty chosen crystals that will enhance your creativity.


As I sat in my comfortable chair this morning, sipping my chai latte and reading a Nora Roberts’ novel The Obsession, it occurred to me how much my mother has influenced my life.

Many of my favorite authors now, were her favorite authors too. Nora Roberts, Tony Hillerman, and of course-J. K. Rowling!

Mom was a coffee drinker, always started her day off with a cup of coffee. Sorry Mom, I never did acquire the taste for coffee, but my chai latte is a perfect substitute.

And it occurred to me all the ways that she had influenced my life, and that she had so much to do with who I am today.

Mom and me when I was about 3 years old
Mom and me when I was about 3 years old

When I came home from living in Europe, Mom took me to a new church she found and started me on the path of my spiritual awareness. She and I spent many Sundays, especially the last few years of her life, going to church together. And I loved sitting with her on a Sunday afternoon having deep spiritual conversations. I miss that so much!

She had so much faith in me, and saw more in me than I often saw in myself. Today I see what she saw, and I wish she was here so I could tell her.

Much of who I am today, is a result of my mother’s love and faith in me. She taught me the importance of honesty, hard work, spirituality, family, friends, and patience. She taught me to be creative, to let my mind see the possibilities, to be a visionary. She also taught me to enjoy life, to laugh, to have fun. And above all – experience the adventure of it all.

Thank you, Mom.img_0170

Ann Rutledge  Feb 3, 1937-March 13, 2010

The Power of Anticipation

Alfred Hitchcock, the undisputed master of suspense, once said, “There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.”

  1. Set up a character goal
  2. Have a character talk about the future
  3. Set up a secret plan
  4. Have a character be warned
  5. Establish dramatic irony, a.k.a. ‘reader superior position’

As a writer, we sometimes have to write backwards, especially in mysteries and suspense, it helps us plant the little clues along the way.

What’s your favorite mystery or thriller?


Follow Your Heart

But take your brain with you.

I watched my cat chase a squirrel up to the top of a tree once. The squirrel was much faster that my fat cat, and got away. Then my cat found himself way up in the tree, squirrel-less, and higher than he felt comfortable with. He started meowing for help.

I coaxed him and he slowly backed his way down out of the tall tree.


How often do we chase after something with our heart, only to find out when we get there, that it wasn’t what we thought it would be?

Stop and think about what it is you want. Why do you want it? Will it make any difference if you get/achieve it, or not?

Think of all the pros and cons of both outcomes. Will it make you a better person? Will it make you happier?  How?

All I ask, is that you THINK along with your feelings.

Step 1 to Simplicity

I often hear the comment, “why does everything have to be so difficult?”.

Is life really that difficult? Or do we make it that difficult.

The fact is, life is what we make it. The outcome is a result of our beliefs, our attitudes and our choices. Do you make it difficult, or do you make it simple?

Me with two of my grandchildren.
Me with two of my grandchildren.

The key to simplicity is to not have expectations. When we ‘expect’ someone to act a certain way and they don’t, we get upset. But we’re not as upset over their actions, as we are from the perception that they let us down, according to our expectations. If we never had those expectations in the first place, they couldn’t let us down.

Go with the flow, be open to possibilities, and enjoy the simplicity life has to offer.

A Course In Miracles

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

Have you ever had a situation in your life where you were unhappy and needed a change, but didn’t know how to create the change?

You can keep hitting your head against the wall, over and over again, hoping that at some point the wall will move itself.

Or you can listen to Yoda, who’s wise words were not only pertinent to Luke Skywalker in the Empire Strikes Back, but also give us a way to position ourselves on the other side of the wall, instead of continually running into it.

“You must unlearn what you have learned.”

That’s a pretty tall order, and how do you do that? How can you unlearn the belief systems and habits of thought from a whole lifetime?

In 1990 I was introduced to a book that is designed to do exactly that – teach you to retrain the way you think, so that there is no wall obstructing your path between where you are now, and where you want to be. It has lessons that help you ‘unlearn what you have learned.’

A Course In Miracles begins by defining exactly what a miracle is. Here are only a few of it’s descriptions:

A miracle is something to inspire gratitude, not awe. The use of miracles as spectacles to induce belief is a misunderstanding of their purpose.

Miracles undo the past in the present, and thus release the future.

Miracles are expressions of love.

A Course In Miracles makes a fundamental distinction between the real and the unreal; between knowledge and perception. Knowledge is truth, unalterable, eternal and unambiguous. The world of perception, on the other hand, is the world of time, of change, of beginnings and endings. It is based on the interpretation, not facts.

MiraclesThe world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference – the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds.

To change what we’re doing in order to achieve new results, we only need to change the way we thing. The Course teaches that it all boils down to perception.

Your mind is the projector, and what you think and believe is what you create in your life. If you want something different to happen, change the film reel that is playing in your head. Remove the wall that stands in your way by changing your thoughts about the wall. Change the way you think, and you change the world around you.

Change negative thought patterns that don’t serve you well and replace them with positive affirmations that will help transform your perception and your life.

The choice is yours – continue to do the same thing over and over, hoping the outcome will change on its own, or, choose to evolve beyond the circumstance, change your mind and what you project out to the world, and there won’t be a wall. ACIM

Paper Dolls

When I was a little girl, we lived in a very tiny trailer. My bedroom was not a separate room, but a small built-in bed on one side of a hallway as you went to the actual bedroom at the end.

This was when I was around age 5. My mother was a waitress, and my step-father, Glenn, was a line cook. Although I don’t remember that about him. All I remember is that he was usually home taking care of me while mom was at work.

He was an alcoholic, and a very mean one at that. It was not a happy home.

I didn’t have room for toys, but I had a shoe box filled with my most prize position, the greatest treasure in all the world – paper dolls. I loved my paper dolls.

I remember my mom coming home from work one night and she brought me a book of paper dolls. I was so excited! It was like Christmas and my birthday all at once, and for no reason, other than she loved me.

But when Glenn saw her walk in the door with those in hand, he got so angry. And they had a huge fight. But they always fought.  He was mean to both of us.

But one day, Glenn took me to the department store to buy me a gift. Not sure why, but I was excited. We walked into the toy department and I still remember to this day his words, “You can have anything in here you want, except paper dolls.”

I was heart-broken. He knew that was the only thing I wanted.

It took me a long time to get over that crushing day, and the emotional negative effects it had on me.

But a few months ago I was shopping, and guess what I bought for myself? Yep! Paper dolls!

You’re never to old to be young again!paperdolls

Happy National Static Electricity Day!

TGIF! Hmmm…15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. Everybody knows that, but did you know that in addition to today being Friday, today is also National Static Electricity Day?

Shocked by this current news?

But wait there’s more…

Other notable ‘National Day’ celebrations this month include National Popcorn Day, National Winnie the Pooh Day (…oh bother…), National Hugging Day, National Kazoo Day, and more!

Google ‘national day calendar’ and find the whole list! Now you have something to celebrate every day for.

Get out the champagne, and have an electrifying day!

Winnie the Pooh Day
Winnie the Pooh Day

Thanks For Giving

Facebook and Twitter, all forms of social media are filled today with things people are thankful for. We’re thankful for our families, our friends, our jobs, and our health.

I am also thankful for all the opportunities God has given me to connect and share with others on this journey we call life.

One year I was able to help deliver Meals on Wheels to the senior and disabled shut-ins. We weren’t just taking food to them, we were taking friendship. I still remember how their eyes would light up and

Me with two of my grandchildren.
Me with two of my grandchildren.

sparkle when we came in the door. It wasn’t the meal they cared about so much, as the companionship of someone who would take the time to say “I care.”

Give of yourself this holiday season, and be amazed at what you will receive in return.

God Bless, and Happy Thanksgiving,


The Beginning of Thanks

November is always the month that reminds us to reflect on the things and people we are thankful for. I am thankful for so much, I could write a whole book, and maybe someday I will.

But this week I want to talk about my mother. Ann Rutledge. She was always my inspiration, my courage, my determination to do better, to be better. She believed in all of us kids in ways we never knew. She was my best friend.

My mom didn’t have the easiest of lives, but she had an inner strength that pulled her through it. Then she taught us kids how to find that inner strength in ourselves. She was always so positive, so loving, and so kind. Mom didn’t know a stranger, and everyone looked to her for advice.

Her children were truly her life, me, Warren, Dauna, Daniel, and Andrea. But she loved her step-daughter Karen as much as the rest of us. To mom, a daughter was a daughter.

I miss her so much, I still cry at times when I think of her. It’s been over 4 years now since she left this world. But she will always and forever be in my heart.

I love you mom. And I am so thankful to be your daughter.

Mom and me when I was about 3 years old
Mom and me when I was about 3 years old