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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Pain (poem)

I’ve been struggling with a lot of RA pain lately because of not being able to take my Enbrel shot for the last four weeks. I’ve had some sores that wouldn’t heal and needed targeted care from the wound clinic. Enbrel suppresses the immune system and can slow down the healing process. I wrote the following poem a few months ago, reading it again helped me put my current situation in prospective.

Some of you may remember reading it on another blog, but I thought it might be time to repost it for my new readers. (Besides, that blog no longer exists.
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The E-Fairies are working overtime…and it isn’t good!

What a week I’ve had! Those pesky e-fairies have been messing with me. One after another something went wrong with my computer: I had accounts closed, accounts threatened to be blocked, and several contacts’ emails just disappeared into cyberspace! What did I do? I took a deep breath, calmed myself down and started repairing the “damage.”
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