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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Special Anniversary!


I usually don't like to post personal information, but I can't help it this time. This is a wonderful anniversary for my middle child. Jackie was born with a rare liver disease. At age 10 months and then at age 3 she had a liver transplant. Today is the 3rd anniversary of her second and successful transplant. To read about her story visit www.caringbridge.org/page/jacqueline . The journals are more about her battle with the disease and tapered off as she got well. Today, we also remember her donor and the brave decision the family made to save a life.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Muse Conference -- Get Ready

I've been checking the boards at the Muse 200 Online Writer's Conference, and I'm thrilled I signed up again. It looks to be great fun and I can't wait to get busy on the assignments. I know I overloaded myself. I can tell just by trying to get my intros done. However, I feel like a sponge. I just want to absorb everything I can about writing.

Some tips to make this year a great conference year:

  • Keep a notebook handy. Jot down assignments, due dates,exercises.
  • Save useful handouts for future reference. I created a binder and organized them by topic. When that moment comes when I say, "What did she tell me at the conference about creating a website?" I can just return to my binder and look it up.
  • Get talking - make friends and connect with other writers. Make use of the fun boards where you're introducing each other and exchanging links.
  • Ask questions and participate. You'll never be the only "newbie" there. I used to tell my second graders all the time, "There are no stupid questions." If you have a question, chances are someone else does too.
  • Do the assignments. That sounds obvious, but you'll learn more by following through on what you're asked to do. It's more work, but you could get great personal advice from some experienced presenters there.

That's it! Enjoy yourselves and keep on learning!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My Light Magazine: October 2008



Check out the newest issue of My Light Magazine at http://mylightmagazine.com/ . The October 2008 issue is packed with information about St. Francis of Assisi. There’s a puzzle about him, an article, a story and even some Paper Dolls by Candace J. Hardy. Diane Smit did a great job on her retelling of the Bible story: Jesus Blesses Children.
There’s so much fun packed in this issue. So go ahead over and take a look! Don’t forget to stop at the comments page to tell us about your visit.
Contributors:
Be sure to check out our Current Needs page. I have specific ideas listed on what I’d like to see in November, December, January and February.
Enjoy the issue!

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