All creature great and small

Have you heard? Animal shelters around OK are full and struggling to find forever homes for dogs and cats. These animals may have been picked up as strays, discarded by owners who can no longer provide for them or surrendered to shelters for some reason, valid or not. Regardless, as an animal lover, I encourage everybody to help in whatever way they can.

I recently ordered a dog crate from Chewy and although the size fit the weight of my dog, it did not fit length-wise because she stretches out to sleep. When I contacted Chewy to return the crate, I was told to donate it where needed. I am now a Chewy fan for such a generous gesture. And the crate is going to the Claremore Animal Shelter, where I hope it will help a family take a dog home.

I am working on two books, and one is about a very lucky little duck. Watch for it this fall.

Blessed to be His

     During Holy Week, more than any other time of year, I am thankful to be a Child of God. Today I remember the pain Jesus suffered for me, and Sunday I will rejoice that the cross is empty and Jesus is with our Father.  This is also a time to focus on our commandment to “Love one another.”

      I pray that the words I write will reflect that focus.

      Currently working on the second in a trilogy of Christian romances, I plan to have Tulips on Tuesday available to readers in a few months.

Friends among writers . . .

     A fringe benefit for writers is meeting others at workshops, conferences and book signings.

I enjoyed meeting Linda Trout at a recent book signing in Claremore. She writes romantic novels including Last Hope Alaska.

I traded books with inspirational author Margery Warder at a weekend conference in Kansas.

I’ve also traded books with my friend and faith family member Cynda Thomas. She wrote Hell Of A Ride, the biographical tribute to her late husband, test pilot Richard “Dick” Thomas. Cynda has also joined me in writing features for the Will Rogers Memorial docent newsletter, Roper.

  Then there’s my inspirational writer friend and prayer partner Carol Round. Her book Journaling With Jesus  motivated me to keep a prayer journal.

And now my longtime dear friend Sandy Bennett Logan has completed her beautiful and Biblical story of Micah, now available at  If you purchase just one book to read to your children or grandchildren, it should be Micah.





All Creatures Great and Small*

You all know by now that I am an animal lover and I encourage others to acquire pets by adoption or rescue. A few weeks ago I provided a gift basket to go with a kitty from the  Claremore Animal Shelter. That basket went home with Amy Powers, who adopted two kittens. Congrats Amy!

I am blessed to  hear about children who love my book Four Furry Friends. To find more readers among animal loving families, I have placed bookmarks at PetSense  in Claremore. Stop by and get one. Copies of the book are available at Boarding House Books in Claremore and it’s a fun place to shop.

*Line from the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King, written by Francis of Assisi.




Finding Friends between the pages

I grew up as a singleton (That’s my kids’ name for an only child.) and  probably would have been lonely and bored  if I hadn’t found good friends between the pages of my favorite books. As a little girl, I loved stories about animals and my affection for furred or feathered critters continues.

Just recently I made a new feathered friend. Our  neighbors have chickens. The birds  have  a mansion level chicken coop and the best of care. I simply get to enjoy the happy sounds of clucking hens. The chickens are allowed out briefly  each afternoon to scratch for insects and run about the yard. When some  found their way under the fence to our squirrel feeder, their owner put up a blockade. She didn’t want them robbing our feeder.

I asked her to let them come, as it was fun to watch them. Then, I couldn’t resist walking close, hoping I could just touch one, feel the fluffy feathers. My new friend comes under the fence and across the yard to meet me and allows me to stroke her feathers in exchange for a few kernels of corn.    I’ve named her after a much-loved  Little Golden Book, The Little Red Hen.

I’ve recently been thinking of another book I loved long ago. It was about a little terrier type dog that tried to guard pies cooling on a windowsill. There was a butterscotch pie in the plot. Does this sound familiar? If you can name the book and give me a tip about finding it,  I’ll send you a copy of my book,  Four Furry Friends.

Happy Reading!