Accidentally for the Best

Olivia Newport yoga pose

Have you ever literally stumbled onto something you didn’t even know you were looking for? About a year and a half ago I had that experience with yoga, of all things. I attend some regular exercise classes at the local gym. You know: weights, resistance bands, cardio blasts. One day, after missing one class, I […]

Wonderful Lonesome—Free Download

Meek and Mild cover

Wonderful Lonesome, which released September 2014, is a free download right now (Amazon and until January 19. It’s the first of a set of historical novels called Amish Turns of Time. The second book, Meek and Mild, is just weeks away from release. The stories are independent with separate sets of characters, but if […]

Why Everyone Says “Happy New Year!”


I admit it. This year (well, technically last year) I pretty much ignored New Year’s Eve. I have nothing against it. I just was busy doing regular stuff and it was ridiculously cold and my kids are grown up. For many years we met the neighbors outside at midnight to watch the fireworks going off […]

Meek and Mild Release Day


Meek and Mild is book number nine for me. (A couple more are in process for later this year.) And with every book come a variety of happy moments: turning in the manuscript; finish the edits; smiling and the galleys; receiving advance copies. And most of all, release day! The day when you can share […]

The Word Became Flesh

For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go […]

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

How busy are you? Shopping. Cooking. Wrapping. Christmas cards. Parties. Secret Santas. Ornaments. Crafts. Cleaning. House guests. Travel. Concerts and plays. Any of this sound familiar? I do love the heart of Christmas. The music of Christmas. The glory of Christmas. The story of Christmas. At the same time, I find myself asking: When it […]

Gadgets: Simple or Complicated?


This is the time of year when gadgets seem to crawl out of the woodwork. Catalogs, Internet coupon offers, store racks, mall kiosks. Organize this. Open that. Charge this. Store that. Cook this. Hang that. Press, clip, mark, etc., etc. They come in all sizes. What are all these things for? Why do we buy […]

Why I Returned to the Wild


Over the last few weeks I’ve heard various comments from friends, in person or in social media, about how they are put their yards to bed for the winter. They say that like everybody does it. Well, I’m here to say today that my yard has not had a bedtime for the last couple of […]

Where It All Started

Olivia Newport childhood library

I guess I’m feeling sentimental today. No deep thoughts. No efforts at advice. Just warm fuzzies. Maybe it’s because this is Thanksgiving week, and I’m thinking about things I’m thankful for. The building in this photo is one of those things. This was the pubic library of my childhood. My church also had an awesome […]

How to Take the “Over” Out of Overwhelmed

Olivia Newport seascape

I just flipped through a magazine that is more than 200 pages long and purports to help me simplify the holidays and still celebrate with style. Lots of pretty pictures! Probably not anything I would actually do. Maybe I’m even lazier than “simple.” Or maybe I know my limits. Last week I never got around […]