The thought “Cain was in pain!” came to me out of the blue the other day, so I took time to reflect on it. We know the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis; Cain killed Abel, the first murder and between brothers no less. Not a pretty story! So, if Cain was in pain … More Cain was in Pain!
Published finally! The Catalpa Tree Fairy and Other Stories If you have enjoyed reading any of the excerpts from my short stories – The Catalpa Tree Fairy or The Beautiful Golden Songbird – you can now get them and others in print! Or as an ebook of course! “The Catalpa Tree Fairy and Other Stories” is a collection … More Published – The Catalpa Tree Fairy and Other Stories
This is definitely a worthwhile read. It’s short, easy to read and at the same time thought-provoking. For a first novel that’s pretty good! “The Jewel” is the story of a teenage pregnancy and its repercussions on both families as well as the teenagers themselves. Adam is only 16 when his girlfriend Lucy discovers she … More “The Jewel” by Penny Ward
Still feeling rather uneasy, Naida followed Merida to her Catalpa tree. When they arrive Merida flew all around the tree while Naida waited on her favorite branch. Although she felt at home here on her tree, she was unable to relax, worrying about what Merida might discover. Her fears were unfounded, though. “Naida, come here,” … More The Catalpa Tree Fairy – Part 14
As a Brit growing up in Scotland I was raised on tea, of course. We always had a pot of tea, not with teabags, the real loose tea leaves put directly in the pot: “One teaspoon per person and one for the pot” was the correct amount to use. You warmed the pot first while … More Tea
What is the purpose of religion? I recall as a child being told it meant to rebind (to God), or to bring back to God. That seemed to make sense since the religion I was familiar with, Protestant Christianity, was all about how sinful we were and how Jesus came to save us. We also … More What is the purpose of religion?
As Naida flew into the fairies’ home she saw Nagida and her two friends watching her. They were laughing about something, and Naida instinctively felt it was about her and her Catalpa tree. Dejected, she made her way over to her bed and lay down. Jayda came in a moment later and saw her on … More The Catalpa Tree Fairy – Part 13
I just finished reading Jodi Picoult’s novel “Keeping Faith.” I always enjoy reading her novels, although it’s really her writing I enjoy, because her topics are not a lot of fun and often rather disturbing. She draws me in to her characters’ worlds, and makes me care about what happens to them, even though many … More “Keeping Faith” by Jodi Picoult
The next morning the sun was already starting to shine as the fairies prepared themselves for the day. Narida was very excited, fluttering around everywhere and getting in the other fairies’ way. “Calm down, Narida!” Merida said sternly. “We’re going to see your tree, and we need you to focus and lead the way. Is … More The Catalpa Tree Fairy – Part 12
The next morning as promised they all accompanied Jayda to her Pine tree. The fairies were horrified to see where the branch had broken off, remembering how beautifully symmetrical the tree had been before. But they were fascinated with the perfectly cut edge and the way the special medicine covered the end so it wouldn’t … More The Catalpa Tree Fairy – Part 11