Have a Pancake Party

(NOTE) This is an article I wrote in 2010. I thought you would like to read it. When you aren’t sure what to make far a meal, pancakes are a great idea. And making a party out of them is always fun.

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The butter sizzles and dances on the surface of the griddle. I watch as Momma pours the thick batter into the shape of an R, the first letter of my name. More batter, more letters; we are having a “Pancake Party.”

Occasionally, my mom and my Aunt Elna would mix up a big bowl of pancake batter, gather us kids together, and give us pancakes for supper. These weren’t ordinary, plain, round pancakes; they were unique, fancy, odd shaped pancakes.

Our imaginations ran wild as we made suggestions for shapes we wanted to see. “Make a flower.” We would say. “Can you make a boy, or a girl?” The free-formed shapes didn’t look perfect, but that didn’t matter to us. Continue reading

re-energizing

Occasionally, I like to take a break from writing and do something different. It might be painting—I love working with watercolors– or reading a great book. Last week, I felt that need. I think I was experiencing a “January funk’ when it came to writing. No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t get the words on the paper to make sense. After several attempts, I gave in to my muse and left her alone. To re-energize, I decided to flex a different creative muscle. I took on two projects; both were developing and publishing someone else’s book.
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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: book review

I discovered this book has been made into a film that is going to be in theaters around Easter. I hope it is true to the book and not “Hollywood-ized.”

I enjoyed the book very much and wrote this review a couple of years ago. I hope reading this will inspire you to either read the book or see the movie. It is an awesome story.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thursday we in the USA celebrate Thanksgiving. Families get together, watch football, and eat too much. Sometimes the festivities overshadow the day and we forget about why we came together in the first place.

While you are devouring that turkey or piece of pumpkin pie, give thanks for all the good things you have. A roof over your head, food in your stomach, and a warm bed to sleep in at night.

You may feel like life is kicking you around, but, there are others who have it worse. Take a moment during the day to remember your blessings. Show gratitude to your family and friends for their love and support, then…go have another piece of pie. 🙂

What are you thankful for? I’d love to read what you have to say; just leave your comments below. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Greg Laws Illustrator

Greg has been working with Dennise Sleeper on a children’s book about counting. It’s called Ten Little Gator Eggs. It is still in the production stage, but you can see it and follow the progress at its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TenLittleGatorEggs.

UPDATE: Ten Little Gator Eggs now available on Amazon.

Ten Little Gator Eggs cover

Ten Little Gator Eggs

See more “Gator Eggs” pictures, and more of his other work at his site: Greg Laws. Leave him your comments/ and feedback.

Distracted by Technology

Five years ago if you had told me I’d have more than a desktop computer, I would have told you, “No way.” However, today I not only have my desktop, I also have a laptop, a Kindle Touch, a Kindle Fire, and an IPhone.

I added the IPhone this week. I have to laugh because five years ago I was adamant that I didn’t want (and didn’t need) a cellphone. I refused to be “so accessible.”

When I got my first cellphone, I was hooked. It was a basic phone that I could text, go online and, of course, make phone calls with. I was content with those features. My reason for getting it was because I wanted my own “private” phone; I had moved in with Greg and his mother and shared the house phone.
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Blogging Made Easy…Dragon Naturally Speaking

Using Dragon to blog

Using Dragon to blog

I enjoy talking, someone might say I enjoy it too much. Therefore, when a friend gave me the Dragon Naturally Speaking  program over ten years ago, I was overjoyed.

Rheumatoid arthritis has twisted and curled my fingers, typing is difficult. I use the eraser end of a pencil causing me to use the “hunt and peck” method.

With Dragon Naturally Speaking , speech recognition software, you talk into a microphone attached to your computer the words are transcribed onto the page.

On first opening the program, you are guided through the setup of a personal voice profile. However, after saving the profile, anytime you log on, you can start talking and Dragon responds.

Although there is a quick setup option, I discovered that if you use use the long setup the program recognizes your words more accurately and there is less “training” when you use it again.

Creating documents isn’t the only thing Dragon can do. I can also surf the Internet, open files and applications—anything I need to do on a computer can be preformed with the Dragon Naturally Speaking software.

If you are a writer, student, or someone who uses the computer a lot, Dragon Naturally Speaking can make all your task easier.

Have you used this voice recognition programs? Or, is there another program you prefer? I’d love to hear about your experiences. Just leave a comment in the form below.

Innocent Comments can Change Lives

I am a writer.

I am an author.

It doesn’t matter which title you give me, I’m excited to be in either category. Frankly, I never dreamed I’d be writing stories and books as a career. Although, I have always enjoyed reading, I would occasionally try my hand at creating a short poem, or a snippet of a scene for a story. My passion has always been painting. I enjoy taming the wild properties of watercolors: mixing colors without them getting ‟muddy,” controlling the drips of too wet paint, and developing light or dark areas where I want on the picture.

So, how did I become a writer? From an innocent comment in an email.
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