My kindle does the work of 400 camels

Posted by in books, Christianity, Contest, history, Karla Akins, Kindle, Middle Ages, Pets, Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is said that a Persian Grand Vizier named Abdul Nassam Ismael took his entire 117,000 volume library with him everywhere he went on the backs of 400 camels. And get this–this is the best part–he trained the camels to carry the books in alphabetical order. Can you believe it? Makes me thankful for my kindle. I can’t imagine having that many books. I used to have a thousand and I gave about half of those away. 117,000 books would fill several large rooms from floor to ceiling. Clearly, this was a man of importance and...

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Atheist Dawkins: Aborting babies with Down Syndrome is the moral thing to do

Posted by in Abortion, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Karla Akins, Musings, Special Education, Strong Girls, Uncategorized | 4 comments

I can’t stop thinking about an article I wrote for Examiner a few days ago. As a Special Needs Kids Examiner and a college student working toward a degree in Special Education, I have access to the latest news regarding disabilities. When I read about Richard Dawkins tweeting that children with Down Syndrome should be aborted, I was incensed. According to him, it is the moral thing to do because they have nothing to contribute. Click to read the article I wrote. But that’s the problem, isn’t it? If one doesn’t believe...

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Building your online platform

Posted by in books, Contest, Karla Akins, Marketing, Platform, Social Media, Uncategorized, writing | 4 comments

I’m hosting a Back to School Giveaway!  No, I’m not launching a new book. I like to treat my readers to unexpected surprises now and then. I also hope to acquire new readership. This is one reason authors hold contests. Contests are a fun way to help build your on-line platform. I’ve held several and they are tons of fun. My favorite contests were when I was launching my first novel, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. I held a Facebook Party and gave away gifts all throughout the evening to those attending....

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The most excellent back to school giveaway — win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Posted by in back to school, Contest, Disabilities, Homeschooling, Karla Akins, Life, Uncategorized, writing | 3 comments

I love giveaways. I’ve won lots of things online and I think it’s great fun to offer them. In honor of back to school, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! All you have to do is click on the different ways to enter below, follow the directions and you’re entered! Contest ends September 1. I’ll post the winner on September 2. Have fun! a Rafflecopter...

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What do you want to read about?

Posted by in autism, book reviews, books, Confessions, Education, history, Karla Akins, Special Education, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I truly want to create a blog that is fun, entertaining and useful. We are all short on time, aren’t we? The last thing we need to do is waste our time reading blogs that we don’t connect with. I deeply desire to connect with you, Dear Reader. Would you be so kind as to fill out this survey? I’d appreciate it so much! Thanks for your help in making this little ministry on the web the best it can be. Love, Karla Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Click to tweet:...

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The Blessings of Friendship by Mary Engelbreit — 5 /5 stars

Posted by in book reviews, books, Children's, Christian fiction, Homeschooling, Karla Akins, Mary Engelbreit, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I had little doubt when I ordered The Blessing of Friendship to review for BookLook that I would fall in love with it. I’ve been an Engelbreit fan for at least twenty years. I especially love her “Queen of Everything” theme and own several products from that line. The Blessings of Friendship, is a  cheerful and touching treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the delightful charms of friendship. Coupled with Engelbreit’s enchanting illustrations, they teach children what it means to be a friend:...

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Back to school

Posted by in autism, back to school, Disabilities, Homeschooling, Karla Akins, Life, Musings, Time Management, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m waxing nostalgic about the twins going back to school on Tuesday. I resent that classes start so early in the summer. Seems to me they should take less days off during the year for teacher in-services. Why can’t they do those before the school year begins? Why cut a kid’s summer short? One of the reasons this is an “ugh” for me, is that I’ve finally gotten the twins into a good routine this summer. And now, we have to learn a new one. It’s not that easy with kids with autism. Change in routine is...

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The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron: 4.5/5 stars

Posted by in book reviews, books, Christian fiction, Crime, Historical, history, Karla Akins, Kristy Cambron, Uncategorized, World War II | 0 comments

If you enjoy WWII fiction, you’ll want to read Cambron’s book, The Butterfly and the Violin. This love story is about an art gallery owner’s search for a haunting painting found at Auschwitz-Birkenau. I normally don’t like to read about the Holocaust because it’s too painful for me. I internalize much of the pain and it takes me days to shake loose from the horrors I read about. But this was about a violinist, and as a violinist myself, I wanted to see what it was about. The beautiful cover of this book, I admit, also influenced me to choose...

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In which I don’t take a park ranger seriously and he is not amused

Posted by in autism, family vacation, Karla Akins, Life, Uncategorized | 7 comments

We made it to Mount Rushmore. But before we went there we swung over to Sturgis. I kicked myself for not bringing my bookmarks to my book, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. I didn’t know I’d be going to Sturgis. I learned a lesson: take bookmarks everywhere. Everywhere. Note to self duly noted and ingrained. It was a great time to drive through Sturgis because the raucous activity hadn’t started yet. So many motorcycles to see, so little time! We may try to come over next year with bookmarks and books. I hope it can happen. We drove on to...

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Day 2 in which timing, location and miracles are everything

Posted by in autism, Disabilities, family vacation, Karla Akins, Life, Musings, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Before you delete or close this window, please know that I’m aware there’s nothing more droll than reading about other people’s vacations. But this isn’t that kind of post. I promise. I just have to tell you what God did today (Wednesday, July 30, 2014). Since we didn’t know for sure when or if we would be making this trip, we didn’t make any hotel reservations until we got on the road. We also didn’t know that this is the same week that motorcyclists all over the United States would converge to South...

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