Apples and Quince and Figs? Oh My...

Apples and Quince and Figs? Oh My…

So a not too well-known thing on here…but I’m reasonably skilled at baking. I think it’s a family trait passed down on my father’s mother’s side. I’m reasonably good at guestimating how much to put in of things, and I’ve become pretty good at figuring out what kinds of things go together. And I have Read More

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Admission for National Sandwich Day: Sandwiches Are Not My Favorite

Admission for National Sandwich Day: Sandwiches Are Not My Favorite

November third is National Sandwich Day. In the grand scheme, it doesn’t actually rate a paid holiday (I wonder if it should?), but I must say, even though I’m acknowledging the day, sandwiches are actually not my favorite. And as much as I can try to make them excited about school lunches, sandwiches are not Read More

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Inspiring Others to Write: A Life's Passion

Inspiring Others to Write: A Life’s Passion

An amazing part of starting writing here on Live by Surprise is that I’ve met a ton of other people (mostly women) who LOVE to write too. And every year as it approaches #NaBloPoMo, I encourage everyone I know to join the challenge, jump in and start writing regularly. I know that writing every day Read More

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Order of Seven - Interview with Author Beth Teliho

Have I Told You About Baron?

Yeah…I did. I did an interview with author Beth Teliho. We talked about her amazing book. AND she’s got a short story coming out in an anthology soon and I may have been a BETA reader.  OK, I was a BETA reader. And it was awesome. But I’ll tell you this. Beth has an awesome Read More

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#NaBloPoMo: Time for a Review

Time for a Review: NaBloPoMo 2016

When I did #NaBloPoMo last year, it was my first time, and I did it in part to see if I could (and would) write every single day. It was a great challenge, and similar to this year, I jumped in with both feet. I prepped WordPress with blanks, figured out where to go for Read More

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#NaBloPoMo: Facing Surgery? Read This!

Facing Surgery? Read This!

I bonded with writer Christine Carter from The Mom Café because we were both incapacitated by leg injury for a number of months. I was super excited to hear that she was writing a book to help others out with their recovery not only from similar injury, but from injury or surgery in general. She gave Read More

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The Shadow of Pain is Cast

The Shadow of Pain is Cast

After the accident, I pushed forward. I expected to walk again. I expected to get my life back. But life kicked me in the ass. After months of recovery and physiotherapy, there was still pain, and I still couldn’t walk like before. After further examination, the doctors discovered a bone chip in my foot. The Read More

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#NaBloPoMo: I'm Thankful for Thanksgiving

I’m Thankful for Thanksgiving

This post contains affiliate links. It’s Thanksgiving and it’s NaBloPoMo, so I’m due to write a post. I thought today is a good day for a #10Thankful. I’m actually not feeling that great today (cold), but I’m thankful it was on a day I didn’t have too much to do. I hate to be sick Read More

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