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The Robins’ Nest at Our Front Door, Part 3

After building a nest above our front door and raising a single baby, our robins left. Click here it you missed Part 2 of the story. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, go here. The next morning, May 30th, there was no baby robin on the ledge, and no sign of any robins in […]

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Our Robin Family, Part 2

We first discovered the robin’s nest behind the light above our front door on May 5th. If you missed the first part of the story, you can find it here. On the morning of May 28th, I came downstairs and, as usual, went to check to see if the robin was on her nest before […]

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A Robins’ Nest at Our Front Door

Last spring we didn’t notice until too late that a pair of robins had decided to nest on the light fixture outside our front door. The moment of discovery involved opening the front door to pick up the newspaper, and jumping when something flew squawking from just above my head to the tree in front of […]

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Proud To Be a Canadian Author Who is Christian

I wrote this in March of 2005 when I was Executive Director of The Word Guild, an organization I co-founded a little over three years earlier. I posted it here last year in honour of Canada Day, and because it’s still relevant, I’m posting it again today. Although I’m no longer actively involved in leadership of […]

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Surprised by Oxford Certainly Surprised Me

I first posted this review in August of 2013 after picking up the book at the Write! Canada conference. This year, I was present at The Word Awards on June 11th where author Carolyn Weber won the $5,000 Grace Irwin Award for the best book published in 2013 from a Canadian writer who is Christian. […]

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A character sketch of my hero – Glen Sauten

If pressed, I usually say my favourite character is Shane Donahue, the “hero” of my standalone coming-of-age novel, In Time of Trouble. But to be honest, only one of my characters has four books written about him. And that isn’t Shane; it’s Glen Sauten. And, funnily enough, in many ways, Glen’s story, unlike Shane’s, is that […]

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A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider news

I’m pleased that A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider was recently voted October Non-fiction Book of the Month by BookFun.org. Official announcement below. Here are the results of the October 2013 Book of the Month Voting October 2013 Nonfiction Book of the Month A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider [edited] by N. J. […]

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Working with Photos for a Memoir

I’ve often thought that if we should have a fire, the one thing I’d most hate to lose would be my pictures—the printed ones before digital cameras and smartphones took over. Last week, I got smart and paid a student to scan all my “old” pictures—the ones that came from my mother’s photo albums. Then […]

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Most people actually like to be needed

One day while planning my next book, I realized I needed more information than I could get from books or the internet. I needed to talk to a real, live person with some experience in either handing out or being on the receiving end of certain medications. So I sent a note to one of […]

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What Gives You the Right to Criticize Me?

“You think I need to control my temper, do you?” Steve glared at his wife. “Well, what makes you think you’re so perfect?” Janice sighed. “I just don’t think you should get so angry with Gary because he didn’t like your idea. You—” “That’s the last time I’ll tell him anything!” “Steve, why can’t you accept a […]

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What does it take to trust a God you don’t know?

Although it happened years ago, I’ll never forget the Sunday morning our pastor gave away a quarter for his children’s story. Our family was part of a small church plant meeting in a school gymnasium. At that point, there were only seven or eight young children. The pastor, an older man, always had a story […]

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