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I would like to share the rest of my photos of the paintings at the Norman Rockwell Museum. It was a special place.20131009_11423320131009_11395720131009_11392920131009_113901

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Woodstock, Vermont is a beautiful place. David and I went on a tour back East and enjoyed so many places displaying colorful fall foliage.

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While we were back there, Woodstock, Vermont hosted its second annual Peak to Peak Hike.

Enthusiastic hikers joined in ranger-led walks on Mount Peg (1080 ft) and Mount Tom (1,250 ft) and the eponymous peak-to-peak hike including both Peg and Tom!

With their spectacular views of the Ottauquechee River, the twin peaks are favorite places for hiking, picnicking and dog-walking, and also provide important foci for interpreting the conservation stewardship history of the area. Click here to learn more.

There are several hikes one can take based on skill level.

Woodstock, Vermont would make a great setting in a novel. I love traveling because I can research ideas for my books.

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Last fall, David and I toured the eastern part of the country. I have shared a little bit in the past about the Norman Rockwell Museum and wanted to showcase all the photos I took of his paintings. It is fun looking at them in groups. I’ll be featuring half today and the other in a few days.20131009_113412

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A few weeks ago, David and I hosted a party for my writing group. It was so much fun.

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Dinner was delicious.

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This table of writers was particularly funny. They laughed a lot!

20131209_205520We enjoyed a rousing game that involved a gift exchange. A number of presents passed hands before they were frozen and no one could take them from someone else. It was hilarious.

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My husband David ended up with the movie Pride and Prejudice! We laughed so hard.

Pride & Prejudice (Widescreen)

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The Christ Child knew about the cross, even while lying in the manger.

The Christ Child knew about the cross, even while lying in the manger.

A  Christmas Haiku … from my heart

Mysterious Cry
All the suffering of this World
Seen through Infant Eyes

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Need a last-minute gift? Consider a Kindle version, or an Audible download for those who love to listen to books.

If you have been to Israel or know someone who is going to Israel, they might enjoy my book, On Our Own In Jerusalem.

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Do you need a last minute gift for a reader in your life? No time for shipping?

How about a downloadable book? You can use the audio version for the loved one who enjoys listening to books. On Our Own in Jerusalem’s Old City and Lyza’s Story are both available in this format.

The Lane Trilogy makes a great gift for people who like inspirational fiction. If you have a reader on your list, consider a three book package with characters who travel, enjoy adventure, and learn more about their relationships with God.

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In my office editing The Lane Trilogy.

In my office editing The Lane Trilogy.

Holiday activities and preparations take my focus off writing. In fact, as much as I love to write, and especially see the end result, I am the worst at staying focused. Any distraction can easily tear me from my desk. The phone rings and I get an invitation for coffee, lunch, or shopping. I am out the door! This year seems like it has been especially hectic, although filled (over the top) with blessings.

The week before Thanksgiving David and I spent the week with dear friends in Florida for the launch of the Mars orbiter, MAVEN. I love Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. I am blessed with good friends and we managed to cram the week with activities from exploring Kenney Space Center, observing Florida’s wildlife, and attending the launch. David and I returned to spend an awesome Thanksgiving Day with family.

Beginning December First, we succeeded in attending some Christmas event or party nearly every night. I love spending time with friends and family. However, I admit that I enjoyed a few evenings of solitude, meaning just David and myself. I once had a writing instructor tell me that I should never turn down an opportunity to go someplace exotic, do something new, or meet someone, because the experience would enhance my writing. That advice has taken me many places all over the world. It has caused me to find many fascinating friends.

Now, if I can just focus!

Learn more about The Lane Trilogy.

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I wrote a Christmas Haiku several years ago. This year I decided to share it. For those of you who are not familiar with haiku, it is defined as an unrhymed Japanese verse form of three lines containing 5, 7, 5 syllables respectively.

The first line is about a baby crying in a manager.

“Mysterious cry,”

This first line underscores the fact that Jesus was both fully man and fully God. Just as human babies cry, he undoubtedly cried at some time. But why would He cry? Babies cry when they are hungry or uncomfortable. Did He need changing? Did He need fed? It takes parents time to figure out what each cry means. After awhile parents learn which cry is for hunger and which one means the baby needs a diaper change.  Perhaps there was a cry that they could not explain, a mysterious cry.

The second line talks about God, the God of the universe part of Jesus, and why that part of Him would grieve. Even if He never cried aloud, surely His heart mourned for all the suffering of this world.

“All the suffering of this world,”

Jesus knew all the suffering sin caused throughout this world. “He was with God from the beginning” (John 1:2). He knew the future and why He had come to earth. This was part of the plan from the beginning.

So the third line speaks of the fact that Jesus could see His future suffering, and the cross, and the salvation of the world, from his tiny manger.

“Seen through infant eyes.”

Here I picture a cross over that manger. We remember the birth of Jesus as a peaceful time and picture a peaceful baby in a manger with mother and earthly father nearby. In fact, the evil one was already making plans and devices to destroy Him. Jesus would overcome the evil one, but there would be a price to pay.

Take a moment from all the festivities. Stop and say a sobering prayer of thanks to the God of the universe, the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac. Say ‘thank You’ for the sacrifice that started on Christmas Day.

A Christmas Haiku:

Mysterious Cry,

All the suffering of this world,

Seen through infant eyes.

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The Lane Trilogy makes a great gift for people who like inspirational fiction. If you have a reader on your list, consider a three book package with characters who travel, enjoy adventure, and learn more about their relationships with God.

Click here for more information.

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