Mystery, Mayhem, Music, and Marriage: January New Releases

Mystery and Suspense to Keep You Up at Night Murder on the Moor: If you haven’t read any of Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering Mysteries, you’re missing out. Drew, an English gentleman, and his wife Madeline receive an invitation to an old classmate’s country estate—located on the English moors. The reason for the invitation? A mystery involving the murder of a well-loved vicar. Drew quickly finds his suspects and starts trying to prove them guilty. Madeline cautions him to not judge…

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Martin Luther’s Most Radical Act Wasn’t His 95 Theses

Katharina and Martin Luther I have vague memories of watching a movie about Martin Luther forty years ago for a class at school. The lingering impressions consist of the doors to a church and the constant danger of bucking the Roman Catholic Church at its most powerful. And of course, the hymn. I knew Martin Luther wrote my favorite hymn—”A Mighty Fortress.” From time spent in Europe, I knew that Martin Luther played a huge role in the Reformation and…

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Finding Grace at the Northernmost Border

From Chicken to Dawson City Driving away from Chicken, I paused on the hillside across the creek and used my binoculars to look down at Tisha’s schoolhouse. I could barely see the roof of the building—but at least I could claim that I had ‘seen’ it now. My postcard would have to suffice for a photo, though. The Milepost showed that I would need to travel 108 miles to reach Dawson City, Yukon Territory. My route would take me over…

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Refined by the Library

Nursing a Grudge From the moment I learned to love books, I have had a love-hate relationship with the library. Before I could read, I loved the library because it held a treasure-trove of books with pictures. I could pull them off the shelves and invent the stories in my head. Sure, I knew that someone else had created words that directed the story of the pictures, but I didn’t care. The pictures contained all I needed to create my…

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How to Avoid Jargon and Save Sheep

Sheep in Distress The children lined the steps at the front of the church, eager to hear the guest tell the children’s story. She spoke with a beautiful accent, but I groaned inwardly when I realized her topic. She told a story about a small boat in distress during a violent storm near the coast, and about the man who heard the SOS on his ham radio. “When the man called the Coast Guard to tell them about the SOS…

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Create a Post Template on Your Self-hosted WordPress Site

  Granny Geek Strikes Out I fall somewhere between complete computer novice and geek when it comes to the inner workings of WordPress blogs and code. I understand the basics, but I can’t always figure out how to make plugins work. After I read the first paragraph of instructions on most plugins, I realize that I have jumped in over my head and I quickly exit the program. My frustration this morning involved templates. I know that templates exists.  I’ve heard…

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The Problem With Being a Middle Child

How Do YOU Define ‘Middle?’ In a family with four kids, I consider the second and third children to be ‘middle’ children. I don’t know if birth-order gurus would agree or not, but in my mind, how else could it work? So that makes me a middle child. It also makes me super-competitive. The problem with the super-competitive-middle-child syndrome is that as I grew older it turned into the super-comparative syndrome. The act of comparison always leaves someone feeling little…

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Best Book of 2016? Impossible Question!

From Books to eReader I pressed my finger on the page of a book and waited. Puzzled, I wondered why the definition to the word under my finger hadn’t popped up yet. And then I realized what I had done. I sheepishly looked around the living room, hoping no one else had noticed that the book I held in my hands had actual pages. When I first started using a Kindle six or seven years ago, I never dreamed that an…

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There is no ‘Game’ in my Hunger

Wordless During that no man’s land week between Christmas and New Year I suddenly realized that I had not chosen a word for the year. All of my friends had posted and tweeted about their word, and I started to experience word envy. I first heard about the concept almost three years ago, and for 2015 I chose the word ‘deeper.’ Other than writing a few blog posts about the word, and thinking about it at random times, I can’t say…

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Choose to Connect With Compassion and Grace

How We Connect These Days Moments ago, Pedro finished eating his second serving of Eggplant Tagine with Mint and Cilantro over a serving of buttery couscous. I made supper using a Moroccan cooking dish that our Chinese daughter gave us for Christmas. Pedro set down his fork and said, “It’s time to chillax. Shall we watch another episode of Poldark?” I glanced at my watch. “I think it’s time for my Twitter party,” I said. “Can we watch it when…

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