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October 22, 2019
I'm Back and the Laundry is Finally Done

There are many lessons I plan to share with you in upcoming blogs. For example, what can we learn from Scotland’s national animal (the unicorn) and national plant (thistle)? What can we learn about ancient stone walls? How does the grave of a headless man relate to our lives today? What can I learn from […]

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October 21, 2019
What I Taught Kids

My last post was about what I learned from my parents. My parents died within weeks of each other earlier this year, so it seemed like an appropriate time to visit that topic. It dawned on me that maybe it would have been nice to share the list with them before it was too late. […]

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October 14, 2019
What My Parents Taught Me

Both of my parents died within 2 months of each other. So, I wanted to honor them by telling you what they taught me. Some of these lessons are great. Some are awful. But, they are what they are. And I wanted to honor ME by being honest about words spoken that haunt me still. […]

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October 7, 2019
"Let Me Pray With You" -- Oh No, She Didn't. Watching My Mother Die (Part 3)

Do those “John 3:16” signs at sporting events make you want to seek God? Do street-corner pastors make you want to embrace the church? Even when I was a believer, that type of showmanship made me cringe. Instead of bringing people closer, I think those types of display force people away. The same is true […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
    - J.C.
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