Archive for May, 2014

I enjoy reading articles about Israel, especially Jerusalem. This one caught my attention.

Wall murals portraying Crusader knights and symbols of medieval military orders have been rediscovered in a Jerusalem hospital thanks to a burst water pipe and a storeroom reorganization. 

These paintings were the works of a French count, Comte Marie Paul Amédée de Piellat, who believed himself to be a descendant of Crusaders. The count was a frequent visitor to Jerusalem and had the Saint-Louis Hospice built between 1879 and 1896, naming it after St. Louis IX, a king of France and leader of the Seventh Crusade between A.D. 1248 and 1254.

In my book On Our Own In Jerusalem, we toured historic places and viewed beautiful artwork. It is fun to see what new discoveries are still being found in this fascinating city.


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In the evenings we enjoyed some great music on our trip. Don Francisco and Wendy, Dallas Holm, Michael Card and Scott Wesley Brown cruised with us. Here is Dallas Holm singing to our small group as we sail the inland passage from Alaska to Seattle.


In the morning the cloud cover on the mountains coupled with the water views were breathtaking.


David took this photo of me gazing at the views as we docked at Ketchikan, Alaska. We shopped the curios and ate lunch. David bought me jewelry that depicted the Northern Lights. I’d love to show it to you, but I gave it to my sister.


Don Francisco and Wendy entertained us with “He’s Alive” and “Dog”.  Don Francisco’s songs have been favorites for years so I was glad to get to visit with him and Wendy for a few minutes. They are a sweet couple in love with the Lord.



What is a favorite place of yours to visit?


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Thank you to all who have served in our Armed Forces.

My first video devotion is now on YouTube.

Click here to view.





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Horace Greeley was a respected journalist who lived in the 1800’s. He started the New York Tribune, helped Lincoln get into office, and ran for president himself.

The Horace Greeley Foundations sponsors a yearly Writer’s Symposium. For those of you in the Vermont area, this conference might be of interest. As a writer, I think this would be a fun thing to do.

Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune, suffragist, opponent of slavery, and man of letters, learned the newspaper trade in East Poultney, Vermont. He rose from humble beginnings to become one of the nation’s most respected journalists.

The heart of the Greeley legend is centered in East Poultney where he lived and apprenticed in the newspaper trade. The small community of homes surrounds The Green at whose center is the East Poultney Baptist Church built in 1805. The Eagle Tavern where he boarded, the  house where he learned the printing trade, the one room school and the Melodeon Factory remain intact, as do almost all the structures that existed when Horace once purposefully began his life’s work. 

To learn more about Horace Greeley and the writing symposium, click here.

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Beautiful Alaska is a place I would love to visit more often.


All along the inland passage you see amazing scenery.


We were fortunate to have Michael Card on this trip. His music is deep and devotional. He met with us in the mornings for Bible study and in the evenings for praise! We loved his music.

I love Michael’s song, El Shaddai. You can listen to it here.


More scenery from the ship as we headed back to Seattle.


Blue skies, mountains in the distance and blue waters make for a peaceful afternoon on deck.


If you love to combine travel and reading, my books can be found here.


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I will be at two book signings in North Platte Nebraska this weekend.

North Platte Public Library May 24, 2014 from 10-11a.m.

North Platte Public Library
120 West 4th Street
North Platte NE 69101    For a map of directions, click here.

Then right after lunch on May 24, I’ll be at a neat bookstore.

A to Z Bookstore from 1 to 2 p.m.

Address:507 N Jeffers St, North Platte, NE 69101

Phone:(308) 534-0140
For a map of directions, click here.
Hope to see you there.

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Hubbard Glacier is located in eastern Alaska.



At over seventy-five miles long, it is the largest tidewater glacier in North America.


This view was taken from the ship’s deck.


Hubbard Glacier starts in the Yukon Territory and expands into Alaska. It continues to advance each year. When pieces of it fall off, it is called calving. Then the chunks of ice float in the water like what is pictured below.


It was a truly beautiful trip. As a writer, I enjoy traveling and use those experiences as part of my novels.

Click here to watch part of the glacier fall off and land into the water. The reactions of the photographers to the scene is fun.

More can be found about this amazing glacier, here.

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Amazing races would make great scenes in a novel.

The Iditarod is a grueling race in Alaska that takes place in late winter. The race was won in March, 2014 by musher Dallas Seavey in 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 19 seconds. He finished with seven dogs in. The second place finisher, musher Aliy Zirkle finished two minutes later with ten dogs in. That must have been an amazing race to have watched.

The 2014 race was marked by wild weather conditions and the top two placers pushing to the finish line.

When Dallas crossed the finish line, he appeared surprised to actually win. I overheard him say that he thought he was racing his dad for 3rd place. Only once in the finish he realized what was happening. Upon arrival he was exhausted and needed to catch his breath for a few minutes, that is how hard he worked. A mere 2 minutes later Aliy Zirkle pulled into the finish chute, both teams parking side by side. The finish chute was a busy place with handlers of both teams who made sure the dogs got nice, meaty snacks. The fans had 2 mushers to cheer on! This finish, matter of fact this whole crazy race, will be long remembered for its adverse conditions. While the whole trip had been difficult, Aliy mentioned that this last run was the most demanding of all of the runs with the intense winds.

And this race is far from over for many mushers still battling the harsh conditions.

Below a few pictures from tonight. Enjoy!


Dallas sprinting to the finish line.

Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.

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I will be speaking at Alma Temple on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 6 p.m.

The title of my message is  “And God Created Woman”. It should be a special evening. It will also be broadcast on the radio at 6:30 that night on  KPOF 9:10 AM.

Alma Temple

Address: 1340 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203

For a map of directions, click here.

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The scenery in Alaska is breathtaking. After arriving in Anchorage a few days before our land tour, we spent time hanging out in Anchorage. It’s got a small town feel with many friendly people. Then we took the train and toured Denali. Finally, we boarded the ship for the cruise to Seattle. The inland passage is reel after reel of scenery like this.


One of the most interesting sights we visited while on the ship was the famous Hubbard Glacier. As we neared the massive glacier, and even before it was in sight, we observed ice flows from it.


More and more of these ice flows appeared as we neared Hubbard Glacier.


The views from the deck were spectacular.


Finally, the Hubbard Glacier is in view. It’s still a long way off, but at least we can see part of it.


Ice flows cover the water. Some of them have seals riding on them. I needed field glasses to see the seals because they looked like just a dark speck on the white surface.



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