January 2023 Author Update

Welcome to 2023! While I have not been doing well in my “determination” to make two posts on this blog every month, I have had a number of opportunities to share on other authors’ blogs. You are welcome to check out some of those posts below: This year I will also be sharing a devotionalContinue reading “January 2023 Author Update”

God With Us

I’ve had the pleasure of caroling twice this season, as well as doing Christmas music at church, leading the children’s choir, and singing in a choir full of wonderful senior citizens who have become my Opas and Omas (maybe I’d call a few of them Onkel and Tante, since I myself am now in myContinue reading “God With Us”

Wandering Around Germany: Berlin

There is still a lot more to talk about in Rhineland-Pfalz, but today lets talk about the Deutsche Haupstadt, Berlin. I’ll skip the account of multiple GPS debacles in favor of this photo of us eating french fries at the Hauptbahnhof at 10:00 at night: We walked out the door and were greeted by aContinue reading “Wandering Around Germany: Berlin”

Wandering Around Germany: Cochem

When I first spotted Cochem in pictures online, I wanted so badly to make it Frederick Smith’s home. In my first draft of Sani: The German Medic, this is where he ended up after his train ride from Hamburg. It was an interesting journey and one that involved the difference between being a fiction writerContinue reading “Wandering Around Germany: Cochem”

Wandering Around Germany: Wachenheim an der Weinstraße

Confession time: Anyone else feel like it’s a bear to try to scroll thru pictures on your phone? Since there are so many images from our three weeks in Germany, I decided to work on one piece at a time. Today, a little glimpse into the ancestral aspect of our journey. It actually started theContinue reading “Wandering Around Germany: Wachenheim an der Weinstraße”

Of Babies and Bathwater

We’ve all heard that saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Too often in my life, I’ve focused on the bathwater to the exclusion of the baby. I’ve talked before about the legalistic Christian background from which I’ve come. I can’t say it’s always been that way in every church I’ve ever attended,Continue reading “Of Babies and Bathwater”

Between Fiction and Reality

It’s interesting to see my life experiences, or the experiences of loved ones, reveal themselves in the lives of my characters. This may sound funny, but sometimes it surprises me, like a great revelation. Oh, that’s where that came from! It gives me an opportunity to work through difficulties from my past that I haven’tContinue reading “Between Fiction and Reality”

Auf Wiedersehen

This summer we will spend three weeks in Germany. I am almost beside myself with anticipation. It is interesting to think that we land in Frankfurt (presumably, because of recent air travel disruptions) at the exact date and hour of my mother’s passing back in 2006. It is one of those things my friend CyndyContinue reading “Auf Wiedersehen”