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Heirlooms: What We Share

As I’ve studied my genealogy, I’ve learned more than the names and dates of births, weddings, and deaths. Certainly, I’ve heard about relational ties between individuals, which will be a future topic to explore. More intriguing to me are the contributions my ancestors have made and how those skills have […]

What’s Your Writing Theme Song?

Several years ago, I created a soundtrack for my few-and-far-between writing moments. For poetry, it was a compilation of Jim Brickman songs. For The Forget-Me-Nots, it was Chopin because Aunt Minnie played Chopin. But, now, I just don’t know. While Brickman’s “The Road Before Us” still launches me into a […]

Making Music Together

Recently, my husband and I ventured to a nearby violin shop in search of a viola for me. Several reasons played into this decision to upgrade. After thirty years of playing my current viola, I needed a change. Sometimes a different resonance and tone is required to meet new challenges […]

Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

Five Stars Music-lovers and guitar-enthusiasts will appreciate the instrumental inclusion that composing and writing lyric plays in this inspirational novel by Charles Martin. Martin’s characters are well-developed while being imperfect and endearing. His vivid descriptions transport readers through the reviving yet tumultuous story of one family wavering between the pinnacle […]

Music to My Ears

I live in a house of musicians, but we all like different music. Well, I like different music. My husband and kids like that heavy stuff with words that can’t be understood. I call it “angry music.” Music I can sing to is what I like. Give me instrumental music […]


As I considered the word harmony, I searched for other times I had focused on this idea. This poem, published in Where Dreams Abide, is the result of that search. It reminds me that even when we are uncertain about what plans God has for us, we can be united […]

One Good Thing Every Day: May 5, 2013

Psalm 95:2 NIV Let us come before him with thanksgiving     and extol him with music and song. Hebrews 10:25 NIV [Let us ] not giving up meeting together,…but encouraging one another…. 1 Peter 3:8, 9b Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and […]