My husband and I like to watch cooking competitions. One thing these judges like to hear are personal stories showcasing the dish that the competing chefs have prepared.
This passed Saturday evening, we ate bowls of Cap’n Crunch for dinner. I had not eaten a bowl of that cereal in ages. The first bite reminded me of my mamaw Johnson.
I don’t remember how old I was, but it was my first time tasting Cap’n Crunch. I loved it, and quite as if my parents weren’t able to buy me some from our local Kroger, she put some in a baggie for me to take home. I felt like I had been given a treat.
I always spent Friday nights with my grandparents, and it seemed as if we ate food there that I didn’t get at home. We had Cap’n Crunch cereal, chili & cheese Fritos, peanut butter with honey in it, tuna salad, breakfast casserole, homemade veggie dip, and the list could go on and on.
Memories help to ground us, I think, especially the good ones.
And, speaking of memories, how can it be that a whole year has gone by since I published my 6th book? For 2 solid years, Miss Mercy and Gabriel haunted my every waking thought and sometimes my sleeping ones. I felt like I practically lived in the 1700’s. Now, that book is a year old, and I’m deep into another manuscript with new characters and a new century.
As a birthday honor for “You Belong to Me”, I shared the first 2 chapters of it on my Free Reades page on this site. I’ll paste the link at the bottom of this post, so you can check it out.
In other book news, my children’s book entitled, “Windy Blabs and His Bad Mouth” will be out very soon. The publisher sent me the proof last night. A couple of issues need fixing, but they won’t take any time at all. I can’t wait to share this story with y’all. I wrote about ole Windy Blabs around 5 years ago, when I needed a lesson for my youth group. I hope to be able to share it with other youth groups, so if you’re looking for something new for your youth at church, I’d love to come and show it to you.
Spring is just around the corner here in WV, and I’m excited about opening my windows and doors to the fresh breezes and sounds of singing birds. Weather like that makes me want to write, and I have a story that needs told. My current WIP is set right here in the Kanawha valley amid the folks who made this state what it is today; coal miners and their families. Lord willing, it will be a productive time, and I’ll finish writing this one this year.
Thanks for being with me today. My prayer for you, dear reader is that God would reveal Himself to you in a new and mighty way. Take care, feel free to explore my website and the following links.
Read the first 2 chapters of “You Belong to Me” by going to
My friend, Anita Adkins has a new book out. You can see it on
A new and exciting book is out by debut author, Kathleen Denly. Check her out at
And her new book, “Waltz in the Wilderness” can be found along with my review at