Autism: Not Different Enough

When I read Gloria Doty’s book about her daughter with autism, I felt a great kinship with her. As you know, my twin adult sons also have a diagnosis of autism. As we venture into adulthood with them, I found this book an absolute comfort. It helped me realize that I’m not the only one experiencing all these new adventures in many of the same ways. If you know someone with a child with autism, I hope you’ll share this interview with them. It’s such an important one, and helps parents understand the importance of getting guardianship for their adult child with autism. This is a beautiful book, and I enjoyed reading it. It reads fast, and it feels like you’re sitting with Gloria and having a chat. I loved it so much I had to do an interview. What follows is the delightful time I had with Gloria discussing this gem of a book. Tweet this: Autism grows up: a cautionary tale of hope and...

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Love and Cowboys: An Interview with Author Gloria Doty

If you’re into cowboys and romance, you’re going to love Gloria Doty and her new romance novels! What’s not to like about a title and cover like this? Bring a cowboy home? Don’t mind if I do… I fell in love with the book as soon as I saw it. And I pretty much fell in love with Gloria that way, too. She is a jewel. A people person and mother of a live-in adult daughter with autism, Gloria is a fascinating human being. She has a magnetic personality and we clicked immediately. Besides being an all-around great gal, her grit and work ethic are traits I highly admire. Her newest book is a winner, too: Below is an interview I did with Gloria. What a lovely woman and what a great author! You’re going to love her and her books! Tweet this: Bring a Cowboy Home! Why...

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Interview with author Amy Clipston

You are going to love this interview with best-selling author of Amish fiction, Amy Clipston! I fell in love with Amy’s work after reading her non-fiction biography, The Gift of Love about her husband’s journey with kidney disease. I loved that book, and you can read about it and view an interview about it here. She has several new Amish books out. I don’t know how she does it, but she keeps churning them out! Amy’s Amish series include the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series. Her books have achieved the Christian Fiction bestseller lists, including the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list and the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list. Get your cuppa ready and settle in for a fascinating interview with Amy! (Leave a comment below and you will be entered in a drawing for a book from Amy! She’s giving away three of them! Yay!) Tweet this: How does she work full-time and churn out...

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Introducing Spunk & Sass!

I’m super excited to introduce you to my new talk show with co-host, Shelley Wilburn: Spunk & Sass! Spunk and Sass are two spunky, sassy grandmas talking about current events and spiritual matters as only we can. Shelley and I give a clear view of real life in a laid back, hilarious setting. You think you’re sitting in the room with us because well, you are!   Shelley and I don crazy hats, share our drink of the day (no, we don’t drink alcohol, though sometimes our antics make that questionable…) I created this show and invited Shelley to join me because I wanted there to be a Christian voice that came across as real and not phony, pious or stuffy. Trust me. This show is about as far from stuffy as the east is from the west. I hope you’ll tune in and join us! Since I’m student teaching this semester, I don’t yet know how many episodes per month we’ll be able to do, but the goal is to do at least one show a week. We’ve had so many problems launching this show! You wouldn’t believe the tech problems we’ve had. From my computer biting the dust over the summer, to audio and video problems. Someone is very scared of this launch! There are two ways to enjoy the show. You can watch it on YouTube (there really are some funny things on there) or you can listen on Spreaker! You can even download the program to your phone from Spreaker and enjoy us on the go! Sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy! We hope you’ll love us!   Please tweet: Spunk & Sass 1st show of brassy...

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How did the month of May get here so fast?

No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth. My website has been having major problems, and I was having a difficult time getting in touch with my web people. There were (and still are a few) some glitches that made it plain ugly, so I was reluctant to post content that brought people to an unprofessional looking page. Alas, in the meantime, I got behind on my Brilliant Blog Awards! So here they are for the months of February, March and April: February: Kristen Lamb’s Blog. This is my go-to blog for writing. I always read this one. Kristen is a machine. She writes meaningful, useful content and lots of it. I’m always learning from her! March: People of One Fire. This is one of my favorite blogs, if not my very favorite, on Native American and Ancient American culture, architecture, and history. The copious amounts of information constantly blows my mind. How do people find time to write that much on one blog? It’s incredible! April: Elaine Stock’s Everyone’s Story. I admire Elaine’s work ethic when it comes to blogging. She’s consistent, hardworking, and loves to promote other authors. Her blog’s new makeover is a treat for the eyes. And the content is fantastic. I’m so excited that she won this award! So, there you go! Better late than never, I always say. <sigh> I’ll do better. I promise. Whose blogs do you love the most? Let me know in the comments below! And stay tuned for May’s pick! Please tweet: Congratulations to Elaine Stock and Kristen Lamb for winning the Brilliant Blog Award!  ...

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What’s on your writing desk, Karen Wingate?

I’m so pleased to introduce my readers to Karen Wingate. I got to meet Karen in person at ACFW Conference 2015, and we sat by one another during the awards banquet. She is the loveliest, sweetest soul. We were both in tears when fellow author, Kate Breslin, won the Carol! I fell in love with Karen that night, watching her rejoice with other authors. I knew in her I had a kindred spirit. But enough blathering, I’m sure you’re eager to meet her, too. So here we go. Karen claims to be “an ordinary woman who has watched a powerful God do awesome things.” She lives in the farmland of Western Illinois and is married to a minister. They live with a bossy Welsh Corgi and are parents to two “grown and gone awesome daughters who are using their God given gifts to make a difference in their corner of the world.” Karen loves “cooking, Corgis (did I already say that?), knitting, reading, history, reading about history, and of course, writing, especially writing about God’s place in history. I love to share how God does great things through ordinary people and I love connecting with my Christian sisters to hear how God is transforming their lives and using them to extend God’s grace to those around them.” Since Karen is such a gifted writer, I’m going to let her tell you about her cozy writing space. Take it away, Karen! I love my writing room! Even though I’ve worked as a writer for nearly thirty years, I’ve had my own special room for only the last five years. Since my husband is a minister, we’ve lived in parsonages most of those years and I’ve been afraid to ask to decorate a room to fit my taste. I finally got the nerve and created my own space. One of our elders even did the painting for me! I’m glad I did. My room has become more than my office; it’s my own personal retreat where I feel calm, comfortable and quiet, a place where I can think big thoughts. I find the tan walls with lime green accents soothing and relaxing. So does my husband who often wanders into my room in the evening to sit on the bed and chat. I’ve hung two picture on the wall above my desk that remind me daily of my purpose. The larger picture depicts a scene I would like to write about some day. The Moravian missionary, David Zeisburger was called to share Christ with the Delaware Indians. My framed art tells the story of the first time he preached to a group. You can see his audience in various stages of...

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