Black Pearl and the Clanking Monsters – New Amazon Kindle Release

Black Pearl lives in a quiet village in the beautiful forest near the South Pacific ocean. Many of the forest creatures are her friends and she spends her days among them playing and sometimes healing their wounds with medicines that grow in the forest. Her grandmother had told her stories of great, clanking, roaring monsters in bygone days, which destroyed much of the forest and pushed her people closer to the ocean. Now, they have returned, and Black Pearl sets out to face them. Can she save the forest, the creatures who live there, and her village; or will the Clanking Monsters leave a path of destruction that can never be restored?

Good day to everyone. I hope you are all well and enjoying the beginnings of Autumn.

Well, as I promised at the end of my last post, Get a Start on Halloween, my new children’s book release, is now available on Amazon kindle. I wrote Black Pearl and the Clanking Monsters in 1986 while finishing my degree. While writing a paper about herbal medicines – their importance and the danger of losing them due to deforestation – the idea for Black Pearl came to me. This story has been sitting in a drawer for much too long, and it’s time for its debut.

Black Pearl and the Clanking Monsters features a female heroine who is sure to uplift, encourage, and whisk your child’s imagination to a brighter future. And I think today, more than ever, children need to be encouraged and uplifted with wholesome stories that help their imaginations soar above the fray, into brighter and more positive outlooks.

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. I hope you found something here to enlighten, encourage, inspire, and simply make your day a little brighter. I’d love to hear what you think of the content here on the lane, so please, feel free to leave a comment.

God bless and protect you, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Get a Start on Halloween

Halloween Collection: The Cook in the Nook is a compilation of fun and spirited poems and short stories; delightful inspirations to bring out the child in us all. Accompanied with some vintage-style illustrations, the spirit of Halloween can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere for years to come. Includes Little Jack’s Big Purpose and The Midnight Monster.

Good day, everyone,

Welcome to Leisure Lane, where I hope you find some things that make you smile and encourage you.

September is almost gone, which always makes me a little sad, because I love the month that ushers in Autumn, my just about favorite season, but it goes by so quickly. On the bright side, when one good thing is gone, there is always another good thing waiting in the wings to brighten our lives, and October surely does that with a burst of vibrant color and pizazz – at least for those of you who live in areas where the trees love to dazzle you. I grew up in an area like that and so I always pull on my memories for some wonderful visualizations.

October is also the anticipation of Halloween, and believe it or not, people here have already decorated their yards – that’s right – as of a few days ago, there have been goblins and ghosts and Jack O’ Lanterns ready and waiting for that day. Me, I like to celebrate life, so my ideas are more in line with cute black kitties, happy Jack O’ Lanterns, harvest fun, colored leaves – things that make me smile.

For reading, though, I don’t mind some spirited and fun poems and stories. For those of you who would like to get a start on October and get in the mood of some spirited and fun reading, the Halloween Collection is perfect for the whole family. This Kindle ebook, which can be read on your phone, computer, or kindle, includes two of my amazon short stories the kids will surely like.

I’m also adding another new children’s story to my Amazon kindle author’s page, and it should be available tomorrow. I’ll post about it then. UPDATE 9/29/2021: This new release, Black Pearl and the Clanking Monsters, is now available on Amazon Kindle.

Well, thank you for stopping by today. May God bless you protect you always, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Change of Plans for Penelope Pumperschnook and Kindle

Hello friends,

After doing even more research into the Kindle Vella, I’ve decided to NOT continue publishing my Penelope Pumperschook stories on that venue. But, the good news is that I will be publishing each story on my regular Kindle page. I do apology for any confusion, and I also took down my last post about Kindle Vella, so as not to cause additional angst.

My plan is to unpublish from Vella and republish on Kindle, which may take a little while, but I’ll let you know when she’s ready for easy reading. Kindle Vella, for anyone interested, is an experiment by Amazon, and has way too many limitations at the moment for authors and readers, alike. I think they’re waiting to see how it does before expanding. Meanwhile, stories are sitting there without very much exposure. And I think Penelope has sat long enough. She’s excited to stretch her legs and begin playing with some new friends.

I look forward to updating you soon. Stay safe and happy, and…

until next time, may happy days abound!


Walking In the Fruit of the Spirit: Releasing the Nature and Power of God in Your Life

Good day, everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope all is well with you and you’re ready to receive some good insights into a full and abundant life.

Today, I’d like to share a new book I’ve just finished – Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit: Releasing the Nature and Power of God in Your Life, by Gloria Copeland.

About a month ago, I kept seeing references to the fruit of the Spirit popping up almost everywhere I turned. So, when this book was being previewed for its launch, I knew I had to be a part of this, and realized, “I better read this.” Has that ever happened to you – where you keep seeing the same number or time, or “something”? When that happens to me, I know it’s God trying to get my attention.

I’ve read many books by Gloria Copeland, and I can honestly say she has a frank, yet loving way of spiritually guiding. Her writing style easily glides you through her books, so you can soak up the essential meaning without being bogged down with just a lot of words of which you’re trying to make sense. She bases all her teachings on Biblical Scripture, and gives the scriptures for your convenience in referencing them for yourself.

Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit is no exception – it’s easy to read, while touching on each important aspect of living a full and abundant life that’s full of the fruit of God. I especially like the “Speak Your Faith” affirmations at the end of each section, making it personal for me. She breaks down each fruit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance – explaining their importance and the power each one holds.

If you are looking for more of God’s power and fruit in your life; if you are looking to improve your life in a more positive direction no matter where you are at the moment, this book is a great way to begin. The fruit of the Spirit are a way of life, not religious tradition or a formula; but when put into practice, power by which to live a more full and happy life.

Oh, and by the way; since reading it, the phrase, fruit of the Spirit has stopped popping up in front of me. Coincidence? I think so, in the real meaning of the word – something that coincides with something else for a particular purpose.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope this review has heightened your interest. God bless you, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


We Put Bits in Horses’ Mouths, Don’t We?

Hello, Friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane. We had a very mild winter in my neck of the woods, until the middle of February, which happens to be my birthday. I really wanted it to snow and get colder to give us a break. I said it and said it. I talked about it for months, and voila! My birthday wish came true…we not only got snow, but a freeze that shook the state of Texas’ confidence in preparedness. I promise to be a more careful with my birthday wishes 😉

Speaking of the words we choose, today I was thinking about the short story, The Turbulent Tongue, and was reminiscing on something one of its readers confided to me a few years ago. She said that every time she started to gossip she thought of the story, which convicted her to stop. It made her more conscious of her words and whether or not she was beginning to go down the gossip path. Her words did my heart good, realizing that it had the desired affect in helping her to curb her “turbulent tongue”. I had no idea she struggled with gossip and perhaps she didn’t, either. But, in truth, we all have had our share of curbing that sometimes unforeseen habit. We may not even be aware that what is coming out of our mouths is actually “gossip”. Then, there are others who not only know they’re gossiping, but find a strange pleasure in the pastime, just like our story’s loquacious main character. So, today I’d like to touch on the topic of gossip.

Some of you may not want to discuss this tender issue, and may have already clicked on to something else, but for those of you who have a desire to help yourself gain control over your tongue and help others do the same, then keep reading.

In the letter from James, the brother of Jesus, he writes in Chapter 3:3-5 , “Behold, we put bits in horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold, also the ships, which through they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm…Even so, the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!”

How true those simple words are. We have the ability to change the course mighty things and circumstances with our little tongues; we can bless or curse with our tongues; and we can create either havoc or well-being in the lives of others with just our little ole’ tongues. Think about that for a moment – especially the last part. When we speak about others, what are we saying about them and in what manner are we saying it? I don’t just mean the tone with which we are speaking the words, but from where in our hearts are those words being conceived? From anger, bitterness, resentment, frustration, envy – or simply trivial boredom? Or perhaps, and many of us are guilty of this reason, are we actually concerned about someone and so decide to “spill the beans” to another thinking we are genuinely discussing the subject’s well-being? Do we understand that what we say can reach far beyond the span of our listeners, or are we oblivious to consequences and only desiring immediate satisfaction from our conversation?

There’s a fine line, my friend, in speaking about one person to another, and it’s our duty to make sure we are not crossing the line from genuine caring to trifle balking. In The Turbulent Tongue, the Gossip, in engaging in her favorite pastime, crosses that line with no thought of the consequences of her words, or how far they can travel. In the end, to her chagrin, she receives the ultimate epiphany. The Turbulent Tongue was written in the hopes that we, unlike the Gossip, can learn this lesson without any drama. If you have a problem with gossip, or you know someone who does, this short story can help. It’s perfect for book groups, study groups, bible study groups and more. And if you’re looking for a church skit, this story is perfect. There’s no room for chastisement of oneself or others who fall into the gossip trap, only room for improvement and a happier life.

I’ll leave you with more wise words from James 3:13…“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.”

Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. I hope you enjoyed your stay. God bless you, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!




Add a Little Pixie Dust to Your Creativity

Good day everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful day.

I have a treat for anyone who’s interested in learning how to crochet. Jean, from the delightful blog, The Creative Pixie, is working her magic again on Youtube. She’s got two brand new videos – How to Crochet a Foundation Chain and How to Crochet a Magic Ring. Both videos are very informative, and her easy to follow style will inspire you to give it a try. She also has some knitting videos, so be sure to check those out, as well.

If you aren’t familiar with her blog, be sure to stop by and give her a warm “hello”. She shares her amazing projects and talent there – featuring knitting, cross-stitch, crochet, tutorials and more.

Thank you for stopping by today. May your day be filled with joy and peace, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


NOTE: The above photo is the sole property of The Creative Pixie and is used here by permission.



Published in ideals Easter Book

Hello friends, and happy 2021! It’s here – the 2021 IDEALS Easter edition, and I’m happy to announce that my poem, Easter Baskets, is among all the delightful poems, articles, photography and artwork found in this issue. This is the surprise I mentioned some months back that I wanted to share with you.

Ideals has been around since 1944, and if you’ve never read one before, this is a perfect time to do so. Filled with inspirational and quality treasures that will brighten your day, you just may become a lifelong fan, like me.

When I was very young, my mother had a collection of Ideals books and we spent many warm moments reading the poetry and looking at all the gorgeous pictures. It has been a dream of mine to one day be published within its pages, and I’m proud to say that dream has come true.

Ideals Easter issue should be in bookstores around January 26, 2021. If you prefer, you can pre-order a copy from Barnes and Noble.

Well, I’ve got my tea poured, and I’m ready to savor every moment inside my complimentary issue. Have a glorious day, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!





For God So Loved the World, He Gave…

Good day, dear readers. In John 3:16, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “For God SO loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that WHOEVER believes in him, shall not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE.” That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

I spent yesterday looking up the key original Greek words in my concordance, and my heart was filled more than ever. I don’t know why the world spends its energy rebuking this love, this precious grace, this precious gift of Jesus. Even the Hallmark channel in all their Christmas regalia and their desperate attempt to be so inclusive cannot even show a nativity, let alone mention His name.

But, for those of you looking for grace, for love, for everlasting life, let this be the gift you unwrap under the tree this Christmas. Let this be the thing to contemplate no matter what religion you belong to. For He did not come to start a religion, but to lead the way to the everlasting Father.  It will not disappoint you. Perfect love never will.

Be blessed, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Amazon Kindle author

The Mis-Aventures of Kare and Mare: New Book on Amazon Kindle


Good day everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you’re enjoying the last of autumn. It seems to go by much too quickly for me. Today is raining and quite lovely – a perfect autumn day to curl up and read a good book – after the real Good Book, that is ;).

Speaking of books, I’m happy to announce that those two beloved characters, Kare and Mare, and their unique way of looking at life are now on Amazon Kindle. The mis-Adventures of Kare and Mare: You’re such a goddess, contains all their funny goodness in one place, where you can enjoy them any time/anyplace. Life can have challenges, but learning to see the cup half full with a bit of humor makes the journey so much more enjoyable – don’t you think? I know Kare and Mare do.

Thank you for strolling by the Lane today. I hope you enjoy what you see. God is good, and His mercy endures forever, and that Truth never fails. May you be blessed today, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!



All the Day Long: nursery rhymes for today – KINDLE BOOK LAUNCH

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane today.

I am happy to announce that All the Day Long – Nursery rhymes for today is now available on Amazon Kindle. A sweet labor of love, each rhyme is a heartwarming treasure of motherhood. There is an excerpt in my last post, if you haven’t seen it, click here. Each rhyme is accompanied by a vintage illustration for a bit of nostalgia.

I hope you enjoyed this post. May you be blessed above and beyond today and everyday, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!


Previous Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: