The Book of Strange New Things: Proselytizing an Alien Nation

“It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime.” Thus boasted a blurb on the back of the book. When folks talk religion, I often get squeamish – especially when they speak with missionary zeal. So when someone handed me The Book of Strange New […]

SCBWI Comes to Decatur

  A new literary wind blew into our town last weekend. That’s when Decatur, GA, already a book lover’s Mecca, thanks to Decatur Book Festival, became permanent home to the annual spring conference of the Southern Breeze chapter of the SCBWI. The what? The SCBWI. Sometimes spelled out, other times pronounced “skibwee,” this long and […]

When a Wrong Turn Takes You to the Right Place

Sometimes, taking a ‘wrong turn’ in life can actually lead you exactly where you want or need to be. In the case of my family, and the exciting change in our lives this past year, that is precisely what occurred… After growing up in a coastal town in Maine, my husband and I spent many […]

Welcome to Braggsville: Old Times There Are Not Forgotten

For years, Uncle Charles had rhapsodized about our Snell family roots in tiny Oconee, Georgia, stop #14 on the Central of Georgia Railroad between Macon and Savannah. Oconee (population 280) is the heart of Georgia and site of the Civil War Battle of Ball’s Ferry at the Oconee River Bridge. When I decided I wanted […]

Freshly Baked Books: The Pocket Wife

The Pocket Wife is Dana Catrell, who feels she is slowly going crazy. Celia, Dana’s friend and neighbor, has been murdered, and Dana suspects that she is the killer. Published by HarperCollins and launching on March 17, The Pocket Wife is Susan Crawford’s first novel, and it’s a humdinger. It follows the stories of Dana […]

Fishing – And Other Things I Had to Learn

“How long did it take you to write your book?”  David asked, holding out his copy for me to sign. “Two years to write, but at least a decade of research,” I probably answered. That’s what I usually say, but it’s only part of the truth. Sight In The Sandstorm: Jesus in His World and […]

Walt Whitman Discovery in Washington, DC

    I have never been one to read a lot of poetry—love to read almost anything, including cereal boxes but was not drawn to verse.  That changed somewhat last October when I was visiting Washington, DC with a friend, and we saw a long, chiseled inscription in the curving granite wall surrounding our Metro station at Dupont […]