Mountain View


What a wonderful evening we spent in Mountain View tonight!  This is J.C. Bonds, long-time musician.  He was so generous with his time and attention.  Played a number of requests just for us.  We also met Pam Setser, Joe, and Misty.  To see more photos, click HERE.



I’ve just finished reading Twin by Allen Shawn.  In a passage that really resonated with me, he describes how moving his family to Vermont affected his art:

My music lost its self-consciousness [after the move]… It almost seemed as if what I had needed more than anything all along was a kind of privacy I would never find in New York… I needed to protect the fragile inner world my music revealed.  It was as if too much public attention to it would mean that it no longer belonged to me, and I would lose my ability to judge it.

I remember that same sort of feeling the one time I joined a writers’ group and read some of my in-progress work aloud.  I didn’t know until that moment how exposed and invaded I would feel.  I realized then that I need to work alone, with the feedback of only one or two close friends.

The Kiss


I captured this image inside a museum one afternoon and have always loved it.  I happened to think of it this evening as I was going through the lessons in an online photography class I’m taking.  Those everyday, ordinary moments of life can be so magical…


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I got Robby John’s newest CD, Runaway, last night!  This guy has something to say, and he does it so well.  The music is memorable, the lyrics haunting. One of his pieces, Freedom, is on Youtube, in case you want a preview.  I was delighted to do the photography for the CD cover  (which almost landed us at 201 Poplar, but that’s another story – ha!).  Talented, godly man, husband, father, minister, and friend.



My precious son is home from the mission trip to Village of Hope in Ghana, West Africa!



Last weekend was so incredibly wonderful that I really don’t have words to describe it.  I had the joy of being with my sweet little girl for the first time in about 25 years.  She came to the U.S. from Asia when she was a child, and I met her when she was about 12 years old.  After her mother passed away, her father moved the family to another state, and it became impossible to keep in touch with each other.  No social media in those days, I’m afraid.  However, through Facebook, we reconnected recently, and this past weekend she and her husband flew into Memphis for a few days.  Another close friend, Kathy, was also here, and we girls spent hours and hours talking and catching up.  It was absolutely magical.  I am so very thankful.


The Kindle edition of Half-Penny Sparrows is now available on Amazon for $9.95!  Description:

Following an especially abusive incident involving her alcoholic father, eleven-year-old Madelyn enters foster care, where she finds herself with a well-intentioned but very rigid pastor’s family. Initially submissive and placating, she eventually steps out in strength to confront the circumstances that put her there. Bolstered by her own strong opinions and natural spunkiness, she rebels against her foster parents and seeks out a friendship with the art teacher at her new school. There she finds a safe place to deal with her intense feelings of terror, anger, shame, and abandonment. The events leading up to the placement, as well as the placement itself, challenge all of Madelyn’s preconceived notions of how the world, including God, ought to work. With the support of her teacher and her own determination, Maddie begins to make the hard choices in life that will enable her to break out of the cycle of domestic abuse.


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