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We are taking a step back in time to brush up on a significant event that happened hundreds of years ago on this very day. Yes, it was Halloween Day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church. This one defiant act helped bring about the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

On this day in 1517, the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation.

In his theses, Luther condemned the excesses and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the papal practice of asking payment—called “indulgences”—for the forgiveness of sins. At the time, a Dominican priest named Johann Tetzel, commissioned by the Archbishop of Mainz and Pope Leo X, was in the midst of a major fundraising campaign in Germany to finance the renovation of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Though Prince Frederick III the Wise had banned the sale of indulgences in Wittenberg, many church members traveled to purchase them. When they returned, they showed the pardons they had bought to Luther, claiming they no longer had to repent for their sins. Click here to learn more.

For those of you in the Colorado area, the Passages Exhibit in Colorado Springs has a handwritten letter by Martin Luther written the night before he was excommunicated by the Church. The Passages Exhibit is an unforgettable tour with hundreds of artifacts. I highly recommend it.

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Blessed today! I saw another 5-star review of Leesa’s Story, book three of the Lane Trilogy! Thank you for your great review – cjlovesbooks!

“I loved this final story in this Trilogy! Vicki really brought it all together at the end. Leesa pulling out of her bitterness and learning how to really love. The sisters coming back together. It was wonderful. I don’t want to give the story away to anyone who hasn’t read it but you will not be sorry to read this final installment of the Lane Trilogy. The series was very heartwarming.”

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I entered the Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards. The person who judged my book gave me some helpful feedback and said some nice things about my story. I thought I would share them with you.

Lyza’s Story: Book One of The Lane Trilogy

The first novel in the Lane Trilogy tells a fascinating story that lends itself well to the inspirational genre.  The crosscutting of scenes and viewpoints is cinematic in nature, and so this book would lend itself quite well to being filmed commercially.  The cast of characters, especially Lyza as she emerges to become the novel’s most interesting character, are, individually and collectively, certainly strong enough to command center stage throughout the novel, and successfully engage the reader’s interest in wanting to know what will happen next.  This is a really entertaining plot that could very well appeal to a wide audience.

“Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards”

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What a thrill to tour the Norman Rockwell Museum! My husband and I loved the studio where Rockwell painted his creations. The building itself used to be on main street Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I find it intriguing to inspect the work place of creative artists, so the fact that they moved his studio to the museum grounds delighted me. We spent a few minutes imagining what it would be like to watch him working in that cozy space on a snowy winter day.

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The museum is located on 36 acres in Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. It is a family friendly place and even serves refreshments in an outdoor terrace café.

If you are planning a family vacation, I’d certainly recommend the Norman Rockwell Museum.

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David and I recently toured the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Norman Rockwell’s works always leave me with a warm, homey feeling. When we arrived at the museum our tour guide said we could take pictures as long as we didn’t use a flash. I guess I went a little crazy and took pictures of almost every picture on the wall. Most of them have been on the cover of The Saterday Evening Post once or more. I would like to share some of them with you today.

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Which one is your favorite?

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Following a busy week of getting back to what ever is normal life after vacationing in New England, David and I joined our Erie Friendship Group to take a bus tour with Billy Banjo on Sunday afternoon. The combination History AND Ghost Tour is only available during the month of October. Our group chose the Boulder tour, but since we had such a good time, I’m sure we will sign up for the Denver tour soon. Anyway, it rained all day, which added to the the ghostly aspect of the tour. Our guide, John Georgis, happens to be the owner. His sense of humor and knowledge provided us with a lot of laughs and historical information. Here’s a snapshot of our motley crew.

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As you can see, David is taking the picture and my tongue is sticking out because he snapped this just as I was wetting my lips. Perfect timing, lol! To find out more about this fun tour go to http://www.banjobilly.com

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Leesa’s Story: Book Three of The Lane Trilogy

I entered the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. The judge who scored my novel, Leesa’s Story, said some nice things. I am so excited to share this with my readers.

Fiction Genre

This conclusion of the Lane Trilogy is rich in theme and incident thanks to the author’s passion for understanding the ways of the heart, and her compassion for the human experience with all of its ups and downs, especially in the area of religious faith. The author paints a vivid portrait of Leesa’s journey through life; of the joys and travails of putting one’s heart on the line and making oneself vulnerable through the act of giving the heart to Jesus. The author also inspires with Leesa’s resiliency in healing and personal growth. The cast of characters encountered on her journey is, individually and collectively, certainly strong enough to carry the narrative, which prompts the reader’s interest in wanting to know what will happen next. 

“Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards”

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I have some exciting news to tell you about.

On Our Own In Jerusalem is now available in audio format. Audible now carries it. Listeners can download it to their favorite listening device and enjoy the book in audio. This is great for those who listen to books while they work, exercise, or doing chores.

 

Join two born-again Christians exploring the Old City of Jerusalem without a tour group. Experience the excitement of discovering the Hebraic roots of our faith. Visit archaeological sites and museums that strengthen our faith. Discover Jewish holidays and learn their significance to Jesus and to us. Learn about thriving churches in the Old City.

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Mingle with citizens of the Old City. Learn how to shop the souk and communicate with vendors. Hear the call of ancient stones from the Holy Land. Worship with us as we meet with God in churches, synagogues, mosques, tombs, tunnels, ramparts, and the Western Wall.

 

Click here to learn more about the book in audio format.

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Rainforests

I have been in rainforests in Jamaica, Washington State, and other locations.  There are many plants and animals in the rainforests that have yet to be identified. It is a fascinating place. If you ever get the chance to visit one, I’d highly recommend it.

Did you know that rainforests are a source for natural medicines?

Here are some interesting facts about rainforests.

Rainforests are also responsible for 28% of the world’s oxygen turnover, sometimes misnamed oxygen production, processing it through photosynthesis from carbon dioxide and consuming it through respiration. A tropical rainforest is typically divided into four main layers, each with different plants and animals adapted for life in that particular area: the emergent, canopy, understorey/understory and forest floor layers. Click here to learn more.

This site is informative and discusses rainforests.

In my book The Legacy, there is a conversation about rainforests between two central characters. Click here to learn more.

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We all have fond memories of fresh-baked goodies straight from the oven. The aroma of muffins filled my home recently.

In my book Lyza’s Story, there is a scene where Cook made blueberry muffins for another character. Who was the character? Cook was such a rock for the family. She took care of everyone and was an influence on several of the main characters.

I thought it would be fun to share a couple of recipes for blueberry muffins like those mentioned in my novel.

Since two of my characters are twins, it seems appropriate to share a “Double Blueberry Muffin” Recipe. Click here for more details.

 

“To Die For Blueberry Muffins” is a catchy title. Click here for the recipe.

Happy Baking!

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