i paint i write

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31 days to…?

My theme for this year has been to: “Not Shut Up For 365 Days.” Every day I write about something I see in the world, something that reminds me that God loves me. Some stories are about my past and some stories about my dirty dishes or my hairy legs. Some of my friends are […]

The beginning is always today

The beginning is always today. ― Mary Shelley Mary Shelley was a British Novelist best known for her novel, Frankenstein. She knew that the beginning of something is today. Actually, it is always today. Her statement seems obvious. Yet, when I read it this morning, I thought, “What a great idea.”  I like to start things […]

Will you be my friend?

  Friendship,” said Christopher Robin, “is a very comforting thing to have.” ― A.A. Milne The girl is four years old.  Her hair is curly and she has bangs. She held a pink Teddy Bear and sat on the floor with eight other  children  and listened to the teacher talk about dinosaurs. She moved over and sat […]

God loves me even when I am a mess

  All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. ― Ernest Hemingway It’s true that I have been awake since three o’clock this morning laying in bed trying to fall asleep again. And it’s true that I have bad breath and have trouble not farting in the […]

Be proud and wear your “Stay-at-Home-Mom” shirt

Last Sunday our church had a picnic. At the picnic there was a,  “Professional Bull Rider.” How do I know that? The sleeve on his shirt said “Professional Bull Rider.” It was embroidered on the sleeve. He wore a white cowboy hat, his professional bull rider shirt, jeans and boots. He could have worn a […]

10 reasons why I’m glad I’m not a dog – And 10 reasons why I wish I was.

Martha, our chocolate lab, woke me up with a bark at 3:12 this morning. I leapt out of bed and immediately took her outside. She never barks to be let out. A few minutes earlier our youngest daughter came in our bedroom and said, “Mama, Martha woke me up. I could hear her stomach. It […]

“The Authentic Swing” by Steven Pressfield. What is your Authentic Swing? and a book giveaway

Last year I started to call myself a writer and I started to read blogs about writing. Several people said, “You should read The War of Art.” Well, I hate being told what to do, so I didn’t read it for months. But after I read it, I realized they were right. And now I am […]

Slow down Mom, and use the shopping cart with the car

As I got my shopping cart at the grocery store,  I heard, “Mama! Mama! Mama! Mama!” A  little girl was sitting in the front of a grocery cart,  frantically pointing to a shopping cart with a car attached to the front of it. An employee of the store was pushing the cart with a car […]

Making promises on your wedding day and keeping them

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on September 22nd, 1990,  John Nicholson Hodges and I, Pamela Berdeane Fernuik made promises to each other. We promised to take each other from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall […]

A friendship broken, like the wooden chair in the trash

The wooden chair was sitting beside the garbage can. The back rungs had become unglued. It would be easy to fix the chair. Sand the end of the rungs, put glue on them and put it back together. After the glue dries the chair would be fixed. I walked past the chair and didn’t take it […]