Monthly Blog Archives: September 2015

Why Do You Do What You Do

Recently, someone asked me, “Why do you write?”   Good question and worthy of an answer.  I’ve come up with a list of seven reasons why I write, and who knows, by the time I am finished with this exercise there may be eight or nine.  As you read this, consider why you do what you do.  “Why do you sing?”  “Why do you draw or paint?”  “Why do you play a musical instrument?”  “Why do you hunt or fish?” “Why do you do what you do?” Need a creative outlet – Creativity helps me to feel fulfilled, like I’ve accomplished something […]

Fifth Sunday: The Loving Hands Murder

Recently, I have focused this blog on my new novel, IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE.  However, it’s time to show a little love to my first book, FIFTH SUNDAY: The Loving Hands Murder.  It, too, is based on actual events. Set in the tiny Alabama community of Loving Hands, the story chronicles a five week struggle of the local Baptist church and its members as they respond to a murder on church property. How much of this story is actually true?  Well, some of it but names and places have been changed to protect the innocent and otherwise. The idea for the […]

The Amazing Power of a Little Woman

She was just 5′ 2′, and as the song goes, “with eyes of blue.  I’m referring to one of the main characters IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE.  That was my grandmother, Mable Polk. She was small in stature but huge on faith, a prayer warrior who was relentless in her pursuit of God’s help. Mammaw, as I called her as a child, prayed about everything.  Nothing was too trivial.  In her latter years, when her eyesight and memory began to fade, she used prayer like you and I use GPS.  It was her built-in navigator. One day she lost a pencil […]

Lessons Learned from Your First Job

Do you remember your first job?  Do you recall what you learned from that gig? My first employment opportunity, other than mowing my neighbors grass, came when I was sixteen at the Virginia Restaurant in Strasburg, Virginia.  Not certain that there was a job title assigned to my position but I’ll just call it “Gross Removal Specialist,” or GRS. As Gross Removal Specialist it was my responsibility to empty and clean the grill grease buckets and carry out the garbage and trash.  That was in the days when people still smoked in restaurants and their empty plates became ash trays.  Nothing like […]

Where Do You Call Home

What’s that old saying, “Home is where the heart is?”  I attempted a little research on how many homes the average person lives in…in a lifetime.  Couldn’t find anything concrete.  Some suggested every five to seven years.  Others offered three to five in a lifetime.  So, I’ll go with…it’s just different for all of us. For the record, I’ve lived in twenty-four homes in my lifetime.  That’s a different place just about every three years.  Most of those moves have been the result of job or career changes.  Oh, did I mention that I hate moving? How many homes have […]

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