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WHAT LIES AHEAD by Patti Shene Gonzales
Saturday, August 1, 2020 by Patti Shene

WHAT LIES AHEAD

 

 

by

 

 

Patti Shene Gonzales

 

 

The last time you heard from me, (find my post on The Over 50 Writer here), I wrote about my progress after my foot surgery on May 19th. Since then, I’ve had the cast removed, am attending PT twice a week, and performing at home exercises twice daily. I’m using a walker, wearing a Cam boot, and bearing weight on my right foot as tolerated, a little more each day.

 

 

That’s just a brief update of what’s been going on with me during this COVID-19 pandemic. I look back with amazement at the activities I anticipated in March that never came to pass.

 

 

In March, we eagerly envisioned my granddaughter’s graduation as valedictorian of her class, followed by a party where my sister from New York and my son from the UK would be in attendance. Instead of walking across the stage in the high school gymnasium, she was driven onto the football field, selected her diploma off a table, had her picture taken, then participated in a vehicle parade. Her valedictorian speech was posted online weeks later.

 

 

Last December, I obtained four tickets to the Colorado Rockies game on opening week-end. My friends who I had invited and I were practically counting the days. Then came the pandemic and Rockies season was severely curtailed, not to mention in person fanless (yeah, not a real word I guess) when they did commence their considerably shortened season.

 

 

In June of 2019, I put a deposit on an Alaskan cruise that was to sail this June. I don’t have to explain why my cabin-mate and I never stepped foot on the deck of that ship.

 

 

These are all minor disappointments and pale into insignificance in comparison to those who have lost their lives to COVID-19, lost loved ones without the comfort of a funeral surrounded by family and friends, lost jobs, or lost income. The list goes on and on as to how people have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

 

 

If I have learned anything during this time of social distancing, mask wearing, fear, misinformation, and uncertainty, it is that the future is a huge unknown…

 

 

Here on Earth, that is.

 

 

I am reading Randy Alcorn’s Heaven. I’ve always enjoyed his fiction, but this non-fiction work, based on several years of research and heavily backed by scripture, is a deep, thought-provoking read that has gripped me and won’t let go.

 

 

I’m only on page 64 of a 490+ page book, but even those pages have fortified my already strongly-held belief that we do have a final destination and a tomorrow we can count on. No world event is going to come along that will cancel or postpone that final moment in our lives, that moment when we know we will experience eternity either in God’s presence or His absence.

 

 

An invitation assures a seat at graduation, a ticket admits a fan into the baseball stadium, and a reservation permits a passenger on board ship. Our only requirement to gain the greatest experience of all, eternal life with God, is to accept His son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.

 

 

Living in a graduate’s neighborhood doesn’t guarantee a ticket to graduation, watching the baseball team on television doesn’t enable access through the stadium gates, and a love of boating doesn’t allow one to enjoy a cruise. Likewise, salvation isn’t achieved through “good works” or “treating people nice” or “donating to charity”. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but they do not hold the ticket to Heaven.

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic will someday be relegated to the annals of history. Even so, we can never say with any degree of assuredness in the future that graduation plans won’t be altered, a baseball game won’t be cancelled, and a ship will not sail.

 

 

We can say with absolute conviction that our life on Earth will someday end. We don’t know where, when, or how we will leave this world, but we do have a choice to make as to our eternal destination.

 

 

Jesus is stretching out His hand and inviting you to someday come home with Him.

 

 

Will you accept His invitation?

 

 

Patti Shene Gonzales maintains two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer and is working on a novel. She hosts Step Into the Light, a podcast that strives to lead others out of darkness and back to light. When not writing, reading, or broadcasting, she is spending time with friends or attending her only granddaughter’s sports activities. Patti lives in Colorado with her devoted feline companion, Duncan.

 

 

 

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Comments

Gail kittleson From Iowa At 8/13/2020 10:42:30 AM

Lovely! Glad you're recovering, too, and this is a gorgeous photo. Did you take it?

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. Yes, this is one of mine. I used to take a sunset photo just about every evening and have an album of the ones I like best. Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know you were here.

Sherry Shindelar From MN At 8/7/2020 11:35:20 AM

Thank you Patti, for this encouraging and uplifting message.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you, Sherry, for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Amre From Idaho At 8/5/2020 6:37:58 PM

Oh, Patti. This was wonderful! We aren't guaranteed anything in this life except eternal life with Jesus. But it is our choice. Personally, I can’t wait to see all Heaven for myself (Alcorn’s book just whet my appetite!!!). Thanks for this reminder, Patti! :)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you, Amre, for stopping by and for your support! I am quite intriguedd with that book!

Mary Pat Johns From Tx At 8/4/2020 3:05:51 PM

I just loved this blog. Years ago, I read Randy Alcorn's book, Heaven. It changed my perspective to one of peace and purpose. Just loved the book. Thanks for sharing.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you for contributing to the conversation, Mary Pat.I always enjoy to have you stop by. Yes,I'm finding the book quite fascinating!

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 8/3/2020 11:24:10 AM

Patti, the weaving of spiritual goals and decisions you have so aptly applied to this pandemic are very well stated. Thank you for sharing your perspective with all of your readers. I wish this could go out world-wide!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Oh my goodness, Becky, thank you for the encouragement and support! I appreciate you stopping by to contribute to the conversation.

Pat Zabriskie From Arizona At 8/3/2020 2:23:27 AM

A timely reminder of our real future and a sound message for those who haven't found the way home yet.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Pat. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining the conversation. Blessings!

Dave From Couch At 8/2/2020 2:11:42 PM

Oh, yes!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Amen and Amen! Thank you for stopping by and letting me know you were here, Dave.

Dave From Back Porch At 8/2/2020 1:09:32 PM

"Even so, come Lord Jesus."

Reply by: Patti Shene

I just finished listening to a hymn from an emailed church service with those very words, Dave! Thank you for stopping by.

Terry Johnson From Schroon Lake, NY At 8/2/2020 8:33:33 AM

A good piece, Pat,, you hit the nail right on the head! We have had our disappointments during the pandemic for sure, but with Jesus as our Lord and savior, we have so much to look forward to! Love you, sis!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much for visiting the website , sis! Your support means a lot and is much appreciated! Love you too!

Jessica From Louisiana At 8/2/2020 7:27:17 AM

Wonderful post, Patti! Who would have thought things would change as fast as they have? I’m sure ready for my heavenly home. What a joyous day that will be!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jessica. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Yes, things have changed drastically, but our hope for the future remains constant.

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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANGELA D. MEYER
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA SCHLACHTER
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WHEN GOD SAYS "NO!"
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WELCOME AUTHOR GAIL PALLOTTA
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WELCOME AUTHOR CHRISTINE LINDSAY
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEANN BETTS
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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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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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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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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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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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A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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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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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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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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Facing the Monster
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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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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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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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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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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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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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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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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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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

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