Weasel Words

In a fiction manuscript, weasel words are defined as words that suck the life out of the words next to them. I have a lengthy list of weasel words. Should they ALL be removed? No. Simply be aware! These words are usually superfluous: that just a little, a bit really nearly, almost quite rather kind […]

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Hot Artichoke Dip

You know how most recipe books there are only a few recipes you have tagged? I have this recipe tagged in a book I bought about twenty years ago! It is easy and luscious. Enjoy! one 8 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped one cup mayonnaise 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Mix all […]

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Spiritual Thought – The man with the mat (he had friends!)

Mark 2:1-11 discusses how Jesus healed the man with the mat. In Mark’s gospel account, the man is lowered from above because the crowd was so large. In all these years, I’ve never noticed that the man with the mat had friends! Not only friends, but persistent friends. Friends who will help in your time […]

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Book Review : The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough

Vickie McDonough has a gem in The Anonymous Bride. Book one of a three book series, it’s a book I thoroughly enjoyed – a  fabulous read! Book description : Marshal Luke Davis has three mail-order brides competing to win his hand. Is any one of them right for him? Boardinghouse owner Rachel Hamilton doesn’t have […]

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How to hear God’s call

God’s children are to listen and obey what God tells them to do. But how can we hear God when he no longer speaks to us directly as He did in the Old Testament? He talks through His Word (the Holy Bible) and through prayer (Gen 24:1-66) He can use another believer to call you […]

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Using weights at home

Can you spot train? NO. Given that, this post is simply about building muscle tone. When you are in an exercise class, during the weight training segment, can you feel the muscle that is being isolated? Whenever you have weights in your hands or on your legs, you should be able to feel the muscle […]

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Spiritual Thought – Practicing the presence of God

Recently I was at a Seminary wives fellowship, with Lucy Burggraff (Dr. Burggraff‘s wife) discussing the Presence of God. She named her talk before she knew there was a book entitled The Practice of the Presence of God (which I read a few years ago and absolutely loved). She gave us a truth : Devotional […]

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First edit pass

This is so personal, but I’ll share. Everyone ends up with a different kind of first draft. So this may make no sense to some! In my first draft, I start out with a couple of sentences, increase those sentences to a solid outline including dialogue. I then change the outline to actual narrative. My […]

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Book Review – Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

The second installment in a New York Times best-selling series featuring three professional female crime fighters. Fox News legal correspondent Lis Wiehl teams up with veteran mystery novelist April Henry for this compelling new mystery. Warning: this one’s not for the faint of heart. Hand of Fate A Triple Threat Novel :  When the host […]

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Exercise at home

When I taught Jazzercise I worked out at least six times a week. I taught three or more classes and registrared (worked at the check-in desk)  three classes every week. Those six hours every week were scheduled into my calendar. I couldn’t miss them. Didn’t miss them. That’s what we all need to do if […]

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