Category Archives: gratefulness

Taking Dad for Granted

In Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, author J.D. Vance recounts his older sister’s remorse on the death of their grandfather. She regretted having taken advantage of the Papaw who stepped in to raise them … Continue reading

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The Medal She Deserves

I’m often asked what gave me the idea for my new novel, Lifelines. My answer inevitably reveals that one of the characters, Anna Fawcett, is largely modelled after my mother. Yes, she really is that wonderful! Some years ago, Chatelaine, … Continue reading

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Angry!

For such an affectionate, good-natured little boy he can sure get a mad on! http://www.indigopixies.com/  (not my grandson) My two-year-old grandson’s eyebrows slammed down onto eyes narrowed to mean slits. Face darkened with rage, his usually-smiling mouth tightened. He struggled … Continue reading

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On Fixin’ Up ‘n Prettifyin’

The peeling brown paint on the railing of our back deck wasn’t the only problem with it. It was small, unshaded and poorly-built. Its 2 x 8 top rail became a large eye-level obstruction to the view of our backyard … Continue reading

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Fretful and Peevish?

    “Christian contentment is that sweet inward … frame of spirit…”   So says Jeremiah Burroughs in The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. He explains that being content isn’t just a matter of not verbalizing our dissatisfaction. If it … Continue reading

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