Seeking Revenge

Sometimes it’s there, nibbling below the surface, causing rumbling and grumbling.  The enemy just loves to fan anger, and I admit it. I get mad.  And in some cases, I want to get even.  This guy bursts out and makes himself known, and I figure it’s my right to do the same thing. I can’t …

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Photo Shoots with Elaina Burdo

I’ve never been comfortable in front of a camera.  In the early years of my career, I needed promo shots and went to a studio.  I’d do the best I could with my hair and make-up and wear something other than my habitual jeans and sweater.  The shots were staged with the usual background, poses …

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Seagulls

Rick and I are only thirty minutes away from Bodega Bay.  It can be sunny and warm in Santa Rosa and socked in fog along the coast.  We never know what we’re going to find, but whatever the weather, it’s worth the drive.  We headed for Bodega Head a few weeks ago.  You can see …

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Binging on Television

Many say that television is a vast wasteland.  I’ve no doubt in many ways it is, but I confess — I’m addicted.  COVID exacerbated the addiction.  Before you judge — I DO work.  I’m up between 4:30 /5:00 a.m. I write, clean house, do laundry, pull weeds, maintain (with help) a vineyard of a hundred …

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Writing a Novel

Like so many others who have been sheltered in place for the past year, I’ve had plenty of time on my hands.  I put it into writing.  And writing and writing.  I’ve wanted to revisit an old book and do a “before and after” rendition.  The basic storyline and location remained, but the characters all …

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Getting Lost and Being Found

I’m usually pretty good at finding my way around, but I remember one time when I was heading to San Francisco International Airport.  I always allow myself plenty of time to get there, and that day was no different.  Because of construction, I went a different route and ended up lost in a neighborhood that …

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Bud Break

A few weeks ago, green spikes shot up from the ground with cylindrical pale-yellow tubes that soon opened into daffodils.  I planted over a hundred bulbs last year and they all started rising and opening like glorious little trumpets around our yard.  A few days before Easter, the apple and pear trees budded.  Then “bud …

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Setting the Record Straight

In a recent interview, I was asked “How and Why does Christian fiction fall short in addressing topics such as mental health, racial inequity, domestic violence, sexual abuse, etc.?”  I was somewhat taken aback, especially since the topic was Redeeming Love. It also felt like one of those “when did you stop beating your dog” …

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Waiting for Redeeming Love – the Movie!

    Last February, Rick and I traveled to South Africa to see the filming of Redeeming Love. It was so exciting to meet the actors, the director, the crew, and so many other people involved in making the feature film based on my novel. The sets were beyond my dreams, the costumes fantastic, the …

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Finding Common Ground

Years ago, I read John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charlie, and loved the whole idea of wandering the country and meeting all kinds of people.  America is a melting pot of cultures, and I’m not just talking about those brought in from other countries to enrich our nation, but geographical areas that create unique styles in …

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