Author’s Luncheon-Interesting andFun

author lucnhI don’t know if you’ve ever been to an “Author’s Luncheon” where you actually get a chance to sit with authors and talk to them, and hear about their books–and get to ask them all sorts of questions…but if you haven’t, you don’t know what you are missing.

Yesterday was a fabulous day. Had lunch, literally, with seven authors. They were such down to earth and interesting people. It’s one thing for someone to tell you they read the book and liked it…that normally makes you want to buy it, right? But let me tell you, sitting at the same table with an author, gives you this up close and personal connection.

I got to meet and talk with Merle Temple, Steve Bradshaw, Marie Moore, Londa Hayden, Rob Sangster, Lisa Turner and Frank Tuttle. To tell you it was fun, is an understatement.

They were delightful and after meeting them and hearing how they came to write the particular book or the genre; talk about the characters and settings really brought the books alive.

The venue was at a museum in Collierville, TN called Morton Museum.

If you ever get a chance to go and have lunch with an author, be sure and do that, it is well worth your time.

Tomorrow will introduce you to the authors.


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Name a Paper? Why Not! Yellow? Orange?

Okay. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but laugh every time somebody “coins” a new word.

Follow along:

Here are some words:  White Paper–Green Paper– Grey literature.

We all hear the phrase “white paper” but I was curious as to how many people know what it means and what its origin was.

So of course, I went over to our standby, Wikipedia to see what they said.

Here you go:

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White Paperauthoritative report or guide informing in a concise manner about a complex issue and presenting the issuing body’s philosophy on the matter.

It goes on to say… meant to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.

Well, that might have been true when used supposedly beginning with 1922, in its originating country, Great Britain.

Now, it has a new meaning–and it is used in the business world…to put it bluntly, it’s used to market. No matter what they call it, it’s just another word for persuading people to buy your product and/or persuade them to see your point.

This began in the 90’s. I guess using it in this term makes it sound more sophisticated.


Green Paper… tentative government report of policy proposals and this term is used with the European Union, United Kingdom, us and a few more countries. This ‘green paper’ is presented and used for policy debates and proposals. (I’m paraphrasing)


Grey Literature…academic literature not formally published.


Well, thought I would just mention a few of these. If you are interested in looking into more in-depth meanings you can find a great deal more information than I did.

Today is just a trivia kind of day for me.









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3 Things to Remember About April

Wouldn’t it be nice if we celebrated “Reaching as high as you can go in life” day or month?

Let’s face it none of us knows how far we could go in our lives…some of us have big dreams, some have no dreams and some just want to get by.









The thing is, we were created to scale mountain tops, reach the peaks and help others do the same.

Today, make your dream list…then when you get to the end of the list, count back three, and circle that one.

Out beside it–put a date, and then list 5 things you would have to do today in order to begin working on achieving that goal.

It’s not hard…keep it simple…don’t let it become complex.

This would be a good time to begin!



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4 Things We Choose Today That Makes A Difference

Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will. by Thomas Carlyle

So will your music today be
Notes of Happiness?

Or will it be a music of Dance?

or perhaps you will choose a life march?

or alas, will it be a dirge?

Choose wisely, that is the music you will hear all day.

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5 of the Greatest Quotes!



Tom Landry, a phenomenal football coach, as everyone knows, was also a great motivator. He also was a strong Christian that believed in a human beings potential.  Here are two of his quotes:

“Today, you have 100% of your life left.”- Tom Landry

“Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” – Tom Landry

Perhaps we don’t have a coach in our ears telling us these things but we can put these quotes on cards and stick them on the mirror in the bathroom, on the kitchen cabinet by the coffee pot and on the refrigerator. Perhaps on our lamp shade by our bed so we will see it when we get up in the morning and go to bed at night. Here are three more quotes that just may help you today. They are Anonymous.

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.” – Anonymous

“Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face.” – Anonymous

“Losers look at what they’re going through. Winners look where they’re going to. “– Anonymous

Now you have five, one for each day of the week. Write them in your heart and in your mind. Be a good coach to you today!

Have a great week!

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The Secret to Living A Successful Life

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” by Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of of animals and the environment. He is also know for the creation of the Nativity Scene.francis

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pandaPandas, everyone adores seeing the baby pandas. So check out this You Tube on the baby Panda trying to climb out of his playpen.

Wild pandas spend much of their days resting, feeding, and seeking food. sounds pretty much like what we do as humans. But something that is different from us is their life is a lot more laid back and easy-going. They don’t rush through their days. They take time, look around at where they are, look for the good things for them to eat. While we grab something on the go because we don’t have time to sit down and enjoy our meals.

Maybe we could re-evaluate the pace we go through each day and set aside specific times to spend appreciating what we have, where we are, our loved ones and friends.

What do you think?

This particular panda reminds me of a child who is trying to climb out of their crib. Anxious to get started on exploring life.


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Will Your Day Include This?

Joseph B. Wirthlin said, ” We are all busy. It’s easy to find excuses for not reaching out to others, but I imagine they will sound as hollow to our Heavenly Father as the elementary school boy who gave his teacher a note asking that he be excused from school March 30th through the 34th.

If you have an opportunity to reach out to someone you work with today-just saying hello, will let them know they are an important human being. Isn’t that what we all want?helping othersdownload (1)


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Becareful what you unearth!

// snakes under rocksThere was an article about Canadian construction workers unearthing a den or over 500 snakes who were hibernating under rocks.

When I read that, it occurred to me that sometimes we as humans uncover snakes in our dealings with people.

Perhaps it would be smart of us to be a little more careful where we dig around in life.

Not everyone we meet is honest and trustworthy. Perhaps if we took a little more time we could determine who is and who isn’t…you never know when something bad will crawl out from under a rock.

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Homeland Security Funding-is congress playing with our security?


congress         I don’t normally post anything to do with politics or government. But I could not let this pass.

For years we have seen the Democrats and the Republicans  behave as children in a sandbox, fighting over whose toy it is. I have news…I don’t think it is a toy! I certainly don’t think it belongs to them. Both the parties and the President are elected to work together to do what is right for this country not have power plays and behave as children.

It’s our country. The country belongs to the people.

As a people, we seem to sit on the sidelines, while they duke it out, shake our heads and go about our business. It seems we hired some help, handed them the keys, and walked away from supervising whether they did the work they were hired for.

But this time, have they gone too far? Are they putting the security of our country at risk? Are they putting the lives of the people of the United States at risk?

Can we risk a partial shutdown of Homeland Security? And which part would be shut down? Is that part crucial?

Congress isn’t going to tend to funding unless the Democrats roll back Obama’s immigration policies. The Democrats are not going to consider that step. So they are going to sit in that sandbox, arguing, trying to show each other who is going to be boss and how much power they have and risk protection for our country?

That doesn’t sound like to me they have the best interest of the country or the people at heart.

I think the time has finally come to elect a new Congress. Elect people who understand what their jobs are as representatives of the people of this country. Ones who understand it is not  a power play with each person in congress and between the parties but a coming together to work out what is best for the country and all of the people.

We need to make sure they understand job responsibility. We need to make sure they understand they are elected by the people and as such, do answer to us.  A congress of Democrats and Republicans that know what the meaning of the phrase ‘come together’ and the other phrase ‘negotiate for the good of the people and the country’ means. Ones who understand, this is not a game. We don’t care which ones have bigger muscles, we don’t care which ones have the last word. We do care that they are doing the jobs they were elected for– to serve the people of this country.

I am appalled to see grown men and women behave in the manner this congress does. It is obvious there is a personality problem between some of them. I am also disappointed that our President can’t seem to sit these two groups down and find a way to work with them to do their jobs.

Do you remember in high school, where you had a group of kids that thought they were hot stuff and if you  didn’t do things their way they would make your life miserable. Do you remember kids sitting in a sandbox, one wants the toy the other has and a struggle ensues.

This is certainly what congress reminds me of each time something needs to be done.

Homeland Security is one issue and Immigration policy, all though it may overlap in areas, is still in essence two separate issues.

Let’s deal with one issue. How about our Security first? Let’s make sure we are protected. Then let’s deal with Immigration.

Congress and the President need to come together, put their personality differences aside and sit down at the table and put the priority of what is best for the people of the country first. And work that out in each program.




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