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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 […]

The Love You May Be Missing

There is an old saying about “older and wiser.”  If that’s the case then I must be busting at the seams with wisdom. Actually, time is a great teacher.  There’s a wealth of knowledge to be learned from experience. When I was writing IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE, I thought more about my grandfather, Charlie Polk, well, more than ever.  He always took a backseat in my affections mainly because I didn’t think he really loved me all that much. My grandmother was always demonstrating her love for me.  She cooked my favorite meals, bought me whatever I needed, and […]

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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