Pumpkin Epiphanies

I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and then I had an epiphany. I realize most epiphanies don't involve pumpkin, but chocolate is a definite possibility. I haven't made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (at least that I can recall) since we left Kansas. I realized there are several recipes in my repertoire that I've never made since... Continue Reading →


True Tales of Unbelievable Social Awkwardness: Ambidextrous Nuclear Malapropisms

I hate when someone mispronounces a word. It has been one of my pet peeves since childhood. My grandmother recently told me that when I was about five my great-aunt complained that I corrected her as she read a book aloud. "I don't like that kid. She kept tellin' me I was readin' wrong!" Based... Continue Reading →

Where Angels Fear to Tread

When people ask me what my husband does, I hesitate. Non-military members usually have no idea what military ministry looks like, and it's hard to know where to start. It is cheerier to recount chapel services, promotion celebrations, marriage retreats, and baptisms, but in honor of Veteran's Day, this is how I'd answer if I... Continue Reading →

Major Milestone: 75,000 words

75,000 words. 192 pages according to Scrivener. Do you have any idea what a big deal that is? I have been trying to write a full-length novel since middle school. That's roughly twenty years for those keeping score. My first attempt at a novel was historical fiction set during the Revolutionary War. The heroine was named Elizabeth... Continue Reading →

Questions in Black and White

When my husband was in seminary, I commuted to Dallas on the train for work. I had to leave the house at 5:50 every morning and spent about two hours riding to my office. Remember how I'm not a morning person? It was rough. I managed to get through it by chatting with interesting people,... Continue Reading →

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