Category Archives: Inspiration

Beauty in dying

When Fall finally arrives in Northern California, we can’t compete with the autumn displays of the northeastern states, but there are still occasional bursts of rich color scattered in the hills and valleys where I live.  Walking along the streets … Continue reading

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Know your audience

Every writer soon learns how important it is to know exactly who you are writing for. The audience for my own cozy mystery novels (writing as J.B. Hawker) is predominantly women over forty who like wholesome, entertaining stories about down-to-earth characters. … Continue reading

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Take Time to be Holy

As we move into autumn, my favorite time of the year, I’m reminded of a glorious fall day a few years ago when my youngest son and I spent several hours geocaching in the foothills north-east of town. We traipsed … Continue reading

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Why a mustard seed?

Although theologians and even botanists disagree about exactly what variety of plant Jesus was alluding to in this parable (Matthew 13:31-32, Mark 4:30-32, Luke 13:18-21), one theory I read recently struck me. In the Holy Land at that time the … Continue reading

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The stones cry out

Last year many in the U.S. observed a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, when the moon came between the Earth and the sun, plunging a wide swath of the county briefly into the darkness of the moon’s shadow.  This happens because … Continue reading

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First love

Musing on the familiar passage (below) in the New Testament book of Revelation brought to mind my own “first love” in my early teens. I thought of summer nights with my sweetheart when breezes scented with the heady aromas of … Continue reading

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It’s time to wake up, Church

[Originally posted in May of last year, but worth repeating.] We read in the Book of Acts how the Apostle Paul, knowing he was leaving Troas the next day, and wanting to teach these new followers all he could before … Continue reading

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It’s scandalous!

Even before the printing press, it was human nature to prick up our ears to hear the latest misdeeds of others, especially those who seemed to be better off in some way than ourselves. The masses ate up the latest … Continue reading

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High hopes

“It’s so frustrating! I feel so helpless!” my friend lamented. A supervisor where we both worked at the time had made exciting promises of improvements and opportunities in order to recruit my friend’s help, only to let her down, badly. The … Continue reading

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What if everybody does it?

I have a confession to make. For years I’ve admired a particular perennial flower growing in the landscaping beds of a local store. These flowers flourish with little care, thriving in our local conditions, and I’ve looked for them in … Continue reading

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