Monday, May 20, 2019

A New Path

People are flocking to the beaches in South Carolina. It's getting to be a challenge to find parking places, but we found an out-of-the-way parking area the other night. It didn't look like other beach access points, so I even went to read the signs to verify it was legit.

Once we were satisfied, we found a path to the beach. It was a sandy path. No boardwalks or anything. Just sand.

We were making our way to the ocean, when I spotted a flag.

The more I explore beaches, the more aware I am of beach erosion. We could see walkways covered with sand by new sand dunes. Once you have a dune, you're not supposed to walk on it.

In this picture you can see the walkway from a home that is covered with sand.

These pictures are of the walkway on the other side of the new sand dune.

I haven't lived here long enough to know if the entire dune will one day shift and the covered walkway will be usable again.

Here is a close-up picture of the flag once we got closer to it.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Flag of the Week

If you've ever seen an episode of Fixer Upper, you've probably seen this flag. I remember the first time I saw the Alico building.

Artemas R. Roberts helped finance the building of the Alico building, and construction began in 1910. It's located on the corner of Austin Avenue and Fifth Street and was the first skyscraper built in Texas. It remained the tallest building until 1922, but it's still the tallest in Waco. In my research I read that for entertainment, people in Waco would watch the construction of the building. I'm sure it was an amazing adventure.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Flag of the Week is Back

We survived our move, and I'm back to writing. I decided with summer upon us, it's time to return to Flag of the Week. I'm starting with Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Pawleys Island is a barrier island. One side greets the Atlantic Ocean, and Pawleys Creek is on the other side. On the other side of the marsh is still Pawleys Island, but it's not an actual island. Many of the homes on the actual island date back to the 18th century when families visited to get relief from the heat.

We've taken many walks on the island and plan to take many more in the years to come. On a recent stroll, I spotted this flag.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Time Off

I'm going to take a few weeks off as we prepare to move. We're staying in South Carolina, but for many reasons we need to move to a different house.

I hope you all have a joyful spring, and the next time I blog it'll be from the backporch of my home in Pawleys Island.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Hebrews 10:36, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (NIV)

Merriam Webster defines persevere like this:

Definition of persevere
intransitive verb : to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement

Once we understand God's will for our lives, our first decision is to follow or not follow.

Once we decide to follow, the path might not be easy, but we must persevere. Then we will know we're doing the will of God. In Hebrews we're not promised an easy life, hence the word persevere. Through the process of following despite opposition and discouragement, we'll grow closer to God. We might want success and glory, but nothing is more important than our relationship with the LORD.

If you're facing discouragement today, let me encourage you to persevere.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Just For Fun

On a recent walk on the beach I spotted some artwork, and I want to share it with you. I was fascinated by the creativity of the unnamed artists who left this for the enjoyment of strangers.

Philemon 1:7

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Keeping Secrets

Have you ever held onto a secret you've been dying to share, and then can?

For the last few weeks I've been helping Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers keep a BIG secret...what the next book in their thesaurus series will be.

It might seem strange to not tell one's readers what book you're planning to release...unless you happen to write books on Show, Don't Tell like Angela and Becca do! They couldn't resist the opportunity to show, not tell, by waiting for the cover reveal. They even created a *REDACTED* cover for it, which you might have seen floating around.

We're revealing the cover at long last!

*drum roll*

The next book in the descriptive thesaurus series is The Emotion Thesaurus Second Edition!

It's been 7 years since the original Emotion Thesaurus hit the shelves. Many writers have credited this unusual book with transforming their writing. This guide is packed with helpful lists of body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations for 75 different emotions, which makes it easier for writers to convey what characters feel.

Since 2012, many have asked the authors if they would add more emotions, so that's what Angela & Becca have done. This new edition has added 55 more emotions, bringing the total to 130.

There are other new additions to the book and in fact, it's almost doubled in size! I recommend checking out the full list of emotions (and some sample entries) HERE.

And more good news: this book is available for preorder! You can find it on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

One last thing: go grab some free education!

Angela & Becca are giving away a free webinar recording of one of their popular workshops on Emotion, so head over if this is an area of struggle for you. It might really help!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


I'm got a secret, and I can't share it until next week. Do you have trouble keeping secrets? One way I've learned not to spill the beans is to avoid the person I'm keeping a secret from. My family says I don't have a good poker face.

I'll give you a hint. The good news involves two of my friends, and I think you'll like their news.

This week I'm sharing a couple of recent pictures I took on the beach, and next week I'll share.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Walk of 2019

This year began rainy and gray in South Carolina. Today the sun finally came out and what a difference it made.

After lunch we headed to Pawleys Island beach and went for a walk on the southern tip. The wind was brisk, but we didn't care. We pulled on our hoodies and walked.

Along the way we saw footprints in the sand. Birds, dogs, and humans. We saw kites and fishermen. It was a glorious day for our first walk of the year.

Of all the amazing things I saw on the beach, this was my favorite site!

I hope 2019 is an amazing year for you.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year

This year I discovered people feel stressed over how they spend New Year's Eve. There were years I was sad on Valentine's Day but never New Year's Eve. I like winding up one year and starting a new year. I also enjoy opening a new journal and starting a new book.

2018 was a good year for us. The most exciting event was the birth of our grandson, Cameron.

He is incredibly sweet and has the best disposition. There are so many things to be thankful for, and Cameron is definitely at the top of the list.

Another event on our 2018 list was surviving Hurricane Florence. We've lived in South Carolina for two years, and this was the first time we had to evacuate. We learned a lot and are blessed to have gotten through another hurricane season.

I look forward to 2019 and seeing what God has in store for me. I hope you have a wonderful year.

A New Path

People are flocking to the beaches in South Carolina. It's getting to be a challenge to find parking places, but we found an out-of-the-...