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The beginning of the work week found me almost finishing up work on my rental house. I have to admit that after two years of working on it 95% with my own two hands, I am glad to be in the home stretch and about ready to rent. It has been a long road but the end result is going to be worth it!

As for the new book, I added a dedication page to my children and got the back cover text finalized. Now I have an appointment with Hannah, the designer who will take my photo provided by my good friend, Dr. Gage Caudell and the back cover text and will work with playing around with the design over the next week.

I am not sure how I will do the reveal of the cover yet but am looking forward to sharing it with others once completed!

Once back from the designers, it will be all hands on deck for the writing of this weeks column. Only three more weeks before I complete my 52nd article and I am pumped about that!

Well, I hope that your week is finding you well, happy and moving along! Enjoy every moment!

Sunday night I completed another goal!

When I sat out one month ago to write my ninth book, I did so with the intention of doing so in 30 days. I have been pushed by several friends to write my story, my story of struggle and success and what I have done to keep moving on.


I was inspired by my friend Nicole, who grew up in the foster care system and has used that to become a successful speaker and bestselling author. Her book: ‘Foster To Fosters‘ is her story of success by trial and fire. Because of this, I sat down on October 30th and began my own story.


Sunday night, November 26th, 2017, I completed my 215th page and ended my story with my ninth book entitled: ‘When The Storm Runs Out Of Rain‘! The book is broken down into four ‘Stages’.


Stage One puts myself under the microscope and discloses all of the negative things that have happen in my life so that every reader gets a real sense of my honesty to them and perhaps something that has happen to me has also happen to them and that will be relatable. Stage Two continues by spotlighting the successful events that have come into my life from sticking to my guns. Stage Three is a laid out plan of action using my ‘Go 2 Grow’ system that I have used as my own guidelines for reaching the things that I want. Stage Four is the reader’s self reflection stage. A 14 question self evaluation that will help every reader go a little more in-depth on themselves and see where they excel and where they can improve to live a more exciting life.


This news is one I am so proud of and I shared this this past Monday with the students of Lancaster Christian School! I was asked several weeks ago about coming to Lancaster and putting on a presentation for Barney & Lexi. I have to say that this is an amazing little school in the countryside of southern Illinois!


When I arrived, I was met at the door by Cherie, the office manager for the school who welcomed me in and gave me a tour of the school. If you know me, you know that while I love every school I visit, its the old schools that have so much character to me! I loved the small classroom sizes, years of students photos lining the hallways and the kind and considerate staff who work there.


Not to long later, recess would end and the students assembled into the day room and off we went! I love how children respond to Barney & Lexi and how I am able to get teachers involved as well. I love the giggles and the questions as children who are shy to start with open up during our time together. I’m all about making the kids feel important and valued!


I signed books for all of the students and as our time ended, I watched the students file into the gymnasium which also doubles as their cafeteria as they prepared for their lunch hour. I fell in love with this little school and it will rank near the top of my most favorite visits!


This visit found its way into two newspapers which I am humbled to be in. Papers don’t have to print anything they do not want and to make the front pages of both leaves me with gratitude and thankfulness! Lancaster also became the focus of my weekly column in The Sumner Press.


Yesterday I completed 20 Barney & Lexi mailers to school across the country and got them in the mail for school approval! Now it’s time to begin work on the front and back cover designs for my new book. A quick bite of pizza for lunch and I’m off to the races! It is my hope that this day finds you in great rewards!


As it turns past 7 p.m., I am just now, retrieving my mail from the mail box and found some awesome news inside! Several weeks ago I submitted B&L into Boulevard Magizine’s Short Fiction Contest and today, a letter arrived, explaining that B&L was accepted and will be considered by the magazine, hopefully to win the contest!

To make things even more wonderful, B&L was also accepted into Fiddleback Magazines consideration for an author review and interview! I would love to tell my story from the darkest days to today! I want to inspire others! For me, the opportunity has always been to inspire at least one person to reach for their dreams and I DID THAT! I regret that my brother, Ricky, had to pass to find out just how much I inspired him but it has made me determined to inspire others. To compare my story to anyone else’s is not my cup of tea, I would, instead, rather work to make others, dark days brighter again! Live with Passion, it is that passion that will yield results! As you already know and I hope have not grown tired of hearing, “Thank you so very much for your reading!!”


I would be honored if you would stop by my author page on Facebook at !


This morning, my alarm went off and once again I could have used a crane to get me out of my bed! I hate that, really I do! Most of this year, I would get up at 5 o’clock, go through my fifteen minute prep for running by listening to Tony Robins, who is awesome, and then go for a 45 minute run at the high school track, which by the way, is only one block from my home!

Perhaps it is the seasonal change!? I love the holidays but dread the being shut in for three months. Some say that it might be that “Seasonal Depression” thing people can get, that would be my luck, lol! However, I did not get out of my bed until 6:30a.m. and drug my feet, which I don’t like to do, but when your tired; into my bathroom for a very fast shower before grabbing the work I had generated late last night and needed to run to the post office.

Now working for a small, quaint, lumber yard, it is a sure guess that my boss will work with me, should I need to run an errand, which I did! I walked into work and right up into his office. I asked if he had any post that needed to go out, he said no. I then quickly said I would need to go to a post office before the end of the day, (which on Saturday is Noon) to take care of some things. Two hours later, I was on my way to the post office.

My town has a not-so-large post office, so tiny, that the postmaster, herself, runs the counter everyday and I am ever so thankful that the postal service voted, narrowly, to keep it open and keep Marcie in a job. You got it, I call her Marcie! I have been coming into the post office so much this year, that have become a first name basis customer. She always asks, “Where you got stuff going this time?” Today was no different, for last night I sat up late and put together two mailings for agents in New York City and was needing a money order to send off Barney & Lexi to Brooklyn to Boulevard’s Short Story Contest. I like my little post office very much, it is close by and Marcie is ever so helpful. In fact, she and I discussed DBA (Doing Business As) forms that I have to fill out to run all of my works under one business name, fun stuff that cost money, for short! It all costs money thought, LOL!

I got home and found an opportunity waiting for me via Facebook, Professional Publications is having an online editing contest for stories and I jumped on and entered it! As always, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and look for the best! Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens said it best one time, “If you ever do anything…don’t waste talent”! True words from a man who knows first hand!

I will have my little boys, Ethan & Rylen tonight, as Lynden was invited to a hockey game and will not be home until late. I hope Smokey, (our black cat) gets some sleep before then, cause, it is going to be a long night for him! Look for daily posts and never be afraid to write, I read every comment and thank you for reading! I would also enjoy having you like my Facebook page at ! I hope you Live With Passion! (as Tony would say)