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PEACE AND GRIEF by Christina Sinisi
Friday, May 29, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  The Christmas Confusion

AUTHOR:  Christina Sinisi

PUBLISHER:  Anaiah Press

GENRE:  Contemporary Christian Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE: First in the Summer Creek Series

TARGET AGE:  Adult

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINA SINISI TO PATTI’S PORCH. CHRISTINA SHARES A POWERFUL DEVOTIONAL ABOUT HOW WE CAN FIND PEACE DURING TIMES OF GRIEF.

 

 

 

CHRISTINA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF THE CHRISTMAS CONFUSION.

 

 

GRIEF AND PEACE

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Christina Sinisi

 

 

 

In the last four years, I have lost a family member with each turn of the calendar—makes me a little nervous for 2020. A colleague and friend just passed away a few weeks ago at a relatively young age.  I’ve often thought of each loss as pricking a hole in my heart and the grief is a sieve, leaking who I am.  We can’t help but want it to stop. We want those whom we love to stay with us. We greedily hold them close—and when I write we, I mean me.

 

 

 

Lamentations 3:32-33 (Women of Faith Bible; New International Version) states, “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.”

 

 

 

God didn’t plan for us to be separated from those we love—he didn’t even want us to be separated from Him. But original sin made that happen, and, as is so very evident, we live in a broken world. A broken world teeming with sin and grief and pain.

 

 

 

At the same time, those of us still here keep going. We wake in the morning and the sun is shining, or just as needed by a thirsty ground, the rain pours. In every way, the world keeps turning. It doesn’t seem appropriate.  It’s wrong.

 

 

 

But the world continuing on is actually the next part of that first verse. He will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. The fact that we can rest in the assurance that the sun will continue to shine, the birds keep on singing, is part of that “unfailing.” God is with us in our grief, he is with us in our coming and in our going. He loves us and wants to be with us.

 

 

 

He greedily holds us close.

 

 

 

Prayer:  Dear Lord, Lamentations is a book of sorrow, we know that, but some of the most beautiful, comforting verses in your word are found there. Lamentations 3:22-23 reads: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Thank you, God, for the sun continuing to shine and life going on, despite our grief. Thank you that your Son continues to shine and brings us peace, with time. Amen.

 

 

 

Book Cover Blurb for The Christmas Confusion:

When Tiffany Marano’s high school sweetheart drove off to join the Marines and never looked back, she swore off men. Now, she’s content to teach at Summer Creek, South Carolina’s local elementary school, lead a Sunday school class, and spend weekends with her niece—until Nick Walsh suddenly reappears wearing a wedding ring and with a daughter in tow. Everything about Tiffany’s calm, quiet life is now one disordered mess.

Nick Walsh comes face to face with Tiffany after all these years, and sparks fly. But not the happy glittering kind, because each of them thinks the other responsible for their estrangement. Before they can work it out, though, Tiffany’s sister disappears. Left with custody of her niece and forced to work with new police detective Nick to find her sister, old feelings begin to resurface. As they start to unravel the truths that left them confused and apart for too long, Nick must learn to let go of his past. But can Tiffany let go of her fear and learn to trust that God isn’t the only one who won’t abandon her?

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF THE CHRISTMAS CONFUSION BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY JUNE 9TH AT MIDNIGHT MST.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Sinisi writes stories about families, both the broken and blessed. Her works include a semi-finalist in The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest and The American Title IV Contest where she appeared in the top ten in the Romantic Times magazine. Her published books include The Christmas Confusion and the upcoming Sweet Summer, the first two books in the Summer Creek Series.

By day, she is a psychology professor and lives in the LowCountry of South Carolina with her husband and two children and loves a good cooking challenge. Connect with Christina:

Website/Blog: https://www.christinasinisi.com/ 

Twitter: @ChristinaSinisi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christina-Sinisi-Author-105861987440664/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Instagram: @csinisi123

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/csinisi/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/101218889-christina-sinisi

 

 

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Comments

Dianne Miley From Mt Pleasant SC At 5/31/2020 5:18:01 PM

Grief definitely pricks a hole in your heart. I can relate to losing a piece of yourself with each loss. So well said, Christina.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Dianne. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Christina.

Christina Sinisi From SC At 5/31/2020 6:52:24 AM

Becki, thank you so much for your comment. I haven't figured out how to directly reply, but I wanted to let you know I truly appreciate it--and hope my words blessed you. It was literally opening the bible and God leading me.

Melissa Henderson From Mount Pleasant SC At 5/30/2020 6:00:29 PM

Thank you for sharing about Christina. I look forward to reading her stories. :-)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Melissa. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment to let us know you were here.

Becky M Van Vleet From Colorado At 5/30/2020 1:41:13 PM

Christina, I don't think anyone can top your blog for how peace and grief can come together--well stated. I especially the beautiful prayer you shared.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment for Christina.

Christina Sinisi From SC At 5/30/2020 12:43:26 PM

Jerilyn, I am so grateful to know you--and if I helped you in any way with your grief. God bless you!

Christina Sinisi From SC At 5/30/2020 12:42:42 PM

Jennifer, You are welcome. God bless you and have a wonderful weekend!

Christina Sinisi From SC At 5/30/2020 12:42:01 PM

Annette, Thank you so much for reading and commenting--I feel so blessed to be part of the ACFW group!

Christina Sinisi From SC At 5/30/2020 12:40:13 PM

Kathy, You are so welcome. It's funny how we can sit a few feet away from each other in church for years and not know what's going on in each other's lives. Bless you and keep you, Christina

Kathy From Summerville, SC. At 5/30/2020 12:33:35 PM

Thanks for the wonderful devotion for grief. It is often a taboo subject! Sorry for all the losses that you have experienced. I have lost both parents; sometimes that seems so hard! But God is faithful--just like you said. Love to you, Kathy

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kathy. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us. God bless you!

Annette Wiley From Summerville SC At 5/30/2020 8:03:21 AM

Christina, what a beautiful reflection. Thank you for reminding us that God is always with us through our darkest trials. Your reflection teaches us that God is the God of hope, of peace, and of restoration.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Annette. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the conversation.

Jennifer From At 5/30/2020 7:02:47 AM

Thank you for this reminder that God, as our only constant, is enough.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jennifer. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Christina.

Jerilyn Gilstrap From Summerville SC At 5/30/2020 6:17:41 AM

Loved this devotional this morning. The 4th anniversary of my husband's death is June 1st. Comforting words this morning that I will share with my heartbroken mother-in-law. Christina Sinisi is a dear friend with a beautiful gift of writing from God! Thank you!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Jerilyn, thank you for stopping by and sharing with us this morning. You and I are in the same place with our loss. The 4th anniversary of my husband's death is June 16th. May God bless you and bring peace to you and your mother-in-law.

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Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
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WELCOME AUTHOR DIANE KALAS
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4/16/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR TANYA EAVENSON
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JODIE WOLFE
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WELCOME AUTHOR KARIN BEERY
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2/24/2016

WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA RUTH STRONG
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REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELAINE STOCK
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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IS CHRISTMAS REALLY OVER?
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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12/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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11/29/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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PERSPECTIVE
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR SALLY CHAMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR TERESA POLLARD
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL KITTLESON
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WELCOME AUTHOR PAULA MOWERY
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LIFE AFTER LIFE BY JUNE FOSTER
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INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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11/13/2012

Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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11/13/2012