Turtles and Cats…

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“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” ~ James Bryant Conant.

Trying something new–even though it’s not the most natural fit–can be daunting, but might be hugely worthwhile.

…or not.

A few years ago, after I’d been painting kindness rocks for a while, I stuck my neck out and started selling them through social media and sharing the proceeds with the cat rescue group I volunteer with.

Then stepped it up a notch by painting cat portraits on rocks, and doing commissions of cats, dogs, and even horses on tiny rocks.

Next, I tried selling at a couple of local events and was able to not only cover the cost of my supplies and my vendor fees, but make a bit of profit to supplement my pension.

In 2019, I was chosen to be a vendor at CATCON Worldwide, but logistics got in the…

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Sunday Lines: Sunday, September 20

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Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author.


“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Sharon Wray


“Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen everyday.” – unknown

Pat Amsden


“Service and art are the two things that have saved me.” ~ Glennon Doyle

Kathryn Jane


“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” ~ Ruth Bader Ginsberg

S. A. Taylor


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Marsha West 


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I Use Music

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In these times when the world is a mess, when I’m hardly able to write, when I can’t make daily trips to the ocean to get my world back in order and I’m not even painting much, the one thing I can still depend on is music.

Whether I need peace, need simple pleasure, need to wallow in self-pity, or need to boot my butt out of the chair and away from the computer, I can depend on music to do the job for me.

And I’m forever grateful to a wide range of artists–people, simple humans I have never met–who somehow manage to touch my soul.

Among a very long list of favorites are The Pentatonix, Il Divo, Streisand, Adele, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Gaga, Pink, Carole King, Bee Gees, Roberta Flack, Johnny Reid and many more.

Some of my favorite songs are: Sounds of Silence, Hallelujah, Imagine, Believe, Stay…

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Inspiration and Invention

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Ideas

Necessity Is the mother of invention. Lockdowns throughout the world and, particularly in Canada and the United States, made us realize our world was changing. Even with a vaccine it will likely be over a year if not more before life as we knew it will resume.

In the meantime, we’re finding new ways to connect and new ways of doing things. Life goes on. We learned things about ourselves and our loved ones. Some were good, some were bad. Toilet paper assumed a weirdly important role in our psyches. And a lot of bread was baked. Some people made beer and some people made wine. Some found ways to make things easier for their community.

Gardening centers ran out of or were unable to get seeds. I suspect some of us are going through seed catalogs online as my mother did upon the arrival of the Stokes cataloge.

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Sunday Lines: Sunday, August 2nd

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Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WHEN YOU’RE READY TO BE INSPIRED and ideas for finding solitude, a voice, new ideas or maybe a purpose.

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight about each author.


I read all genres but when writing I read in my genre. It helps to keep me focused.

Marian Lanouette


“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” ~ Albert Camus

Sharon Wray


Take a walk in the forest and listen to the silence. Before you know it you’ll be thinking up ….

Pat Amsden


The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. ~ Vince Lombardi

Jacquie Biggar


We’re always unbecoming, and becoming, so look forward, not back.

Kathryn Jane


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2020 Mid-Summer Middle Grade & Young Adult Book List

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I’m so happy about the new direction this blog has taken, and we’re all working hard behind the scenes to make this a place of beauty and courage and perseverance. One of the things we’re all passionate about is literacy. So, with that in mind, I’m posting my bi-annual reading list for preteen and teen readers: 2020 Mid-Summer Middle Grade & Young Adult Book List

As I’ve mentioned before, this is NOT a best-seller or new release list. A few of the books on this summer’s list won’t be released until early fall while others were published more than five years ago but only recently discovered. This is an ongoing, cumulative list of books the kids in my reading army have read that is updated twice a year.

We’ve all worked hard this year to read new-to-us authors and to search for books outside our comfort zones. With so many…

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#Gardening- Nature’s version of Yoga #Meditation #Health @jacqbiggar

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Gardening is Good for Your Health!

Even though we’re going through an unprecedented time, there are ways to enrich your mental and physical health.

Growing your own garden is beneficial to your well-being.

Fruits and vegetables picked fresh from the vine taste better, are nutritious, and gives intense satisfaction. You don’t need a lot of room to create a good food forest.

This is a 4×4 ft bed. It is home to a tree with five different varieties of apples, a peach tree, sage, oregano, thyme, lavender, strawberries, and blueberries.

The trick is to fertilize every two weeks and water regularly- not too hard, right?

This strawberry square is made with fresh berries from my yard.

Even if you don’t have room for a small garden, there are community plots in most cities. Caring for your own plants feeds your soul and is a healthy decision for your family…

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Change

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By Kathryn Jane

“In times of change, we can resist, or we can pull up our bloomers and get with the program–because change is gonna happen whether we like it or not.”

With the world around us changing at a terrifying pace, we have decided to stop floating along with the current, and start swimming.

Who are we?

Ten authors, originally part of a group of eighteen who created the Sisterhood of Suspense for the sole purpose of sharing our romantic suspense books with readers.

Over the last few years, most of us drifted away from romantic suspense and posting on our blog became sporadic… so we had a meeting.

Turns out, even though we now publish in many different genres, we still have some very powerful stuff in common. The most important being our desire to help others, and from this an idea was born.

We’re changing direction…

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The Magic of Creativity

Inspired by fairies…

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by Kathryn Jane

The creative process is different for all of us. But I’ve recently realized that mine is magically the same whether I’m writing fiction, or painting a picture.

When I’m writing a story be it short or a novel, it begins with a vague image of an opening scene, and the story grows one word at a time. Some people find this hard to fathom and describing it adequately has been difficult. The closest I get is to say the story unfolds for me, just as it does for the reader…like magic.

Painting works the same way for me…mostly. The exception being when I do commissions of people’s pets. But even then, I can’t think about the finished product. Instead I concentrate on one stroke at a time and somehow in the end, I have a remarkable likeness that amazes me.

But recently, after seeing a friend’s photo…

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Grandpa Mason, 19th September 2019 – Forever

A lovely tribute/story from another storyteller.

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He hesitated on the edge, his heart full of emotions – sadness, loss, loneliness, love…. He had known this day was coming, but he hadn’t expected it to be so confusing… so difficult. Other cats were walking past him – striding out with confidence and anticipation. He could see them disappearing into the swirling mists, and he knew he had to follow. Screwing up his courage, which seemed in short supply at the moment, he took a deep breath and stepped onto the Bridge.

He was immediately engulfed in the dense, glittering fog that shrouded the Bridge. He could not see any other cats, even though he was aware of their presence close by, and there was little sound but the pad pad of soft paws and the tick tick of claws on the hard surface. Every now and then, the fog would eddy a little in a sudden breeze…

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