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Happy dumbest holiday ever

I hate Halloween. There, I said it. I'm a party pooper , I know. Maybe my hatred for what I consider the dumbest holiday every started as a young child. In kindergarten, my mom did buy me a Strawberry Shortcake costume. I wore it in 1st grade too. It's the only one I ever remember having. (Other than the one time the whole family dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz for a church party.) And as far as Trick-or-Treating, my brother and I only went to about five houses total. I think that's all we were allowed. Halloween never has been my thing. I just find it utterly ridiculous that people load their kids up in the back of trucks and on trailers to go to neighborhoods of people they don't even know and drop them off to beg for candy. When I got home a little while ago, I went out to get my mail. A mini-van came by with three teenagers sitting across the back with their legs dangling out of the back door, prepared to open the back door as soon as the car came

Sacred Friendships

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I was honored to be asked by author Bob Kellemen if I would review his latest book Sacred Friendships as a part of his blog tour. And here, you have arrived at the 30th and final stop of the 40-day blog tour. Back in May, I met Bob after one of his sessions at the Association of Biblical Counselors conference. The title and topic of the book interested me - friendships, soul care (a term I've become more familiar with as I've worked with counselors) and the stories of women - so I agreed. I am going to share part of a Q&A with the authors rather than an in depth personal review. I have been short on time lately, and have not been able to read as much of the book as I would have liked to before posting. There is a lot of information, so it's a book that you have to take your time to read through. It took me some time to get going. For people interested in church history and counseling topics, this is book that would definitely be of interest to you. About the book:

They can send me an invitation, then we'll see from there

That was actually what a high school classmate said when I warned him there were murmurings of a class reunion. He was not any more excited about the prospect than I was when the subject came up. I HATED high school. In fact, I say that I could have been voted most hated in my high school class. More on that later. That's a teaser for a future blog entry. Have to take care of some things right now. Just hold on and I'll tell more, even if it comes whlie I am on vacation next week.

One of those days

Yeah, it was just one of those days. Sometimes Mondays are just Mondays because they are Mondays. For me, they just aren't my most productive day of the week. There always seems to be problems with Monday morning interviews, but scheduling and such really had nothing to do with it being one of those days. As soon as I arrived at work this morning, I had to turn around and come right back home for a really, really stupid reason. (Stupid on my part.) By the time I got back, I just got a 30 minute late start to the day. As the day progressed, it just seemed off for me. I did a fantastic job of burning my tongue on some really hot stew after work. I'll be feeling it for the rest of the week I did such a great job of it. After that, I went to the grocery store because I had been putting it off because I just flat out didn't want to go. I couldn't make myself go this past weekend. My freezer had one french bread pepperoni pizza that's been in there way too long, a pa

Just another Saturday in the "Can"

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I was a better aunt this weekend than the last time that the girls had soccer games starting at 9:00 on a Saturday morning. First up was Miss Paigeybeth . Her games seem to last FOR-EV- VER . FOR-EV- VER . It was 0-0 for the longest time, and they ended up losing. Then at 10:00 was Pey - Pey and Madison's game. Much quicker and more exciting. We lost, probably mostly because we assisted with some of the other teams goals. Oh, well. After the games, my parents and I wondered up to Waxahachie for some shopping. Ended up getting a head start on Christmas shopping, but I can't tell you for who or what because you never know who might be reading this. There were races up in Ennis today, so coming back home, we thought we might get stuck among all the traffic heading into the races for all of eternity. One car thought they were more special than anyone else on the road and kept driving down the shoulder and working itself back in. And then again. And then again. I so wanted tha

James David Jordan's Double Cross

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: James David Jordan and the book: Double Cross B&H Books (October 1, 2009) ***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James David Jordan is a business attorney in Texas and was named by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the most influential leaders in that legal community. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri as well as a law degree and

Ducking the tomatoes

Though there have been blog posts consistently over the past month or so, if it weren't for work-related releases, there would only be one post for the month of October. Yet, ironically, or maybe not ironically, if it weren't for work there may have been more posts in the month of October. As you can see, I've been very, very busy. I've simply not been able to make myself sit at my computer at home and type. I turn it on, think about it, and turn my computer back off. I've even had a book review that I could post on my latest "just for fun" book that I read for probably two weeks. (I'll try to get it posted this weekend - I'm too tired right this minute to be able to do anything except ramble.) I've been trying to read a book that someone asked me to blog about for two weeks, but I'm not doing a very good job of it. Part of it's the fact that my brain seems like a bunch of mush, and I'm just not comprehending. Tomorrow night, Vic

Richard Exley's When You Lose Someone You Love

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Richard Exley and the book: When You Lose Someone You Love: Comfort for Those Who Grieve David C. Cook; New edition (October 1, 2009) ***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richard Exley is the author of twenty-nine books and has written both fiction and nonfiction. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines, including Leadership Journal, Charisma, Ministr

Roger Parrott's The Longview

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Roger Parrott and the book: The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders David C. Cook; New edition (October 1, 2009) ***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: At age thirty-four Roger Parrott became one of the America’s youngest college presidents. Parrott is currently the president of Belhaven College, an innovative liberal arts institution recognized as th

Kathy Herman's The Last Word

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Kathy Herman and the book: The Last Word (Sophie Trace Trilogy) David C. Cook (2009) ***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Best-selling suspense novelist Kathy Herman has written fourteen novels, including CBA bestsellers The Real Enemy, Tested by Fire and All Things Hidden, since retiring from her family’s Christian bookstore business. Kathy and her husband, Pa

Jesse Rice's The Church of Facebook

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Jesse Rice and the book: The Church of Facebook David C. Cook; New edition (October 1, 2009) ***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jesse Rice is a writer and musician and served for eight years as the Contemporary Worship Arts Director at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a large and thriving congregation in the heart of Silicon Valley. Jesse has a Master’s in Counse