Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

An Uncommon Courtship Teaches About True Love

A Regency with a Twist In An Uncommon Courtship Kristi Ann Hunter has done what few modern Regency writers have ever done—created an unlikely love story with all of the nuances of relationships that newlyweds might face (especially innocent ones) without being salacious or offensive. The result is a masterpiece tapestry of true love. Unlike many books in the ‘Inspirational Historical’ category these days,the hero has to use his faith to figure out what to do. Lady Adelaide Bell has…

Read More

The Truth Behind Treadmill and Fitness App Combinations

Buyer Beware With Christmas around the corner (along with cookies, fudge, and other holiday treats), and the temperatures outside dropping, you might have considered purchasing a treadmill. We purchased a ProForm 995i treadmill from a seller on Craigslist on Black Friday. (I am not an affiliate for any product I mention in this post). After reading reviews and comparison shopping, we made arrangements to drive four hours to pick up a brand-new-in-the-box screaming deal. I spent an equal amount of time…

Read More

A Psalm for NOW! (An Inner Coversation)

So Busy So many things to do NOW! The end of the semester looms, but ungraded papers weigh my backpack down. The house remains half-decorated for Christmas, but I spent the evening watching the Survivor finale. Forty people will arrive at my door tomorrow night for the annual staff Christmas party. But first I need to clean the cobwebs out of the windowsills (not the kind one uses for Halloween decorations). I haven’t washed the windows in two years…or more.…

Read More

What I Learned from Rhubarb Pie Might Surprise You

Rhubarb Restraint The rhubarb pie helped me decided when to leave Homer. If I headed out after a quick supper in the trailer, I would make it to Tern Lake before it got too dark. The next morning, I could get up early and go birding right out my front door. That would allow me to make it to Long Rifle Lodge, northeast of Anchorage, in time for lunch and slice of the world’s best rhubarb pie. My plan worked…

Read More

How Your Gift of Mentorship Can Change Lives

Joy (and Frustration) in the Journey I call each student to my desk and they show me their journals, where they have written steps they need to take to complete a goal. Goal setting does not come easily to my kids. They come from homes where children learn early what surviving from paycheck to paycheck really means. You might not eat more than gravy for days a time. It means you might have to steal the ingredients from the local…

Read More

Do You Suffer From Puffin Disease?

Next Stops, Puffin Paradise and Seldova I spent my first night alone at a roadside pullout just north of Homer. When I woke up the next morning, I discovered that someone else had pulled in to camp behind me. I couldn’t decide if having someone camp in the same pullout made me feel safer or creeped-out. After a quick breakfast, I headed into Homer to catch a ferry to Seldova, where friends of my parents live. I had met Paul…

Read More

What I Crave During the Holidays

In Need of a Miracle The moment I see her, I crave peace and quiet. In fact, the moment she pulled into the driveway I felt as if I’d stuck my heart in a nettle bush. I feel God working on my heart, constraining me to hold my temper in check. At the same time, bitterness pricks and prods. For three decades she has annoyed me, irritated me, rubbed me the wrong way, tried to manipulate me, and worn me…

Read More

Silent Night Shadows Will be a Hit on any Gift List

Silent Night Shadows I confess that during my youth I spent an inordinate amount of time reading Harlequin Romance Novels. By the time I reached the tender age of 16, I had read enough of them to think that I, too, could write a decent Harlequin. The manuscript, typed on onionskin paper with my grandma’s old electric typewriter, lies in the bottom of a box somewhere in my basement. Harlequin has come a long way since the days of wilting…

Read More

The Long Journey Home Starts in Homer

Between now and January, I’ll be writing about my solo journey from Alaska to Arizona.  If you want to catch the first part of the trip, you can go to the landing page for my #write31days series, 31 Days of Living in Beauty. The first stop on my solo journey is Homer, AK. The Journey Continues and the Lessons Never Cease Pedro flew home on July 11 from Anchorage—leaving me with Beauty and the Beast and three weeks to make it…

Read More

How to Enjoy an Imperfect Thanksgiving Meal

“Go ahead and tell our faculty family they can each invite a guest,” I texted Pedro. “We have enough food for lots of kids to enjoy.” Yes, we had a lot of food, but. My class schedule this year doesn’t leave me much time to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. I pushed the niggling thought to the back of my head as I shoved another pie plate of dinner rolls in around the slowly roasting turkey. The pale, not-roasting-fast-enough turkey. I…

Read More
Affiliate Disclosure

If you purchase a product or service I reference on this site, I may receive an “affiliate commission.” This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. It takes money to run a website, so I occasionally endorse products of services that I believe in so that I can help subsidize the expenses.

%d bloggers like this: