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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 […]

Things My Grandmother Told Me

I could write a book about all the things my grandmother told me.  Come to think of it, I did just that. As a child growing up she was more than just a grandmother, she was my best friend.  We talked a lot and when I got older and less interested in those conversations she would sit me down and make me talk. Sometimes I felt smothered, needed my space, but now that I’m older I realize that those times with her were a treasure. As I researched IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE so many of those conversations came to […]


What inspired a series on the Valley of Hope?  What is it?  Where is it?  Why is it important? To be clear, the Valley of Hope is a real place but the concept is a state of mind.  The place is the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  It was where early settlers came, many of them immigrants, with hopes and dreams for a better life in a new land. I grew up in that beautiful Valley with its rich farmland and breathtaking landscape.  The opening words to America the Beautiful capture the pristine beauty of the countryside.: O beautiful for spacious skies, […]

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