A Bride for the Sheriff

A Bride for the Sheriff

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thirty Days- Day Three

Day Three- Surprise someone else with a small gift.
 As a teacher I sometimes get little Christmas gifts from my students. One of my favorite this year was a five dollar gift card to a famous coffee shop. That modest amount was enough for an indulgent muffin and a small house blend. It made my day. 
 It doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t need to know the person. Why not buy the guy behind you  his morning coffee? Pick up your spouse’s favorite ice cream or candy bar. Have it ready for a bad day. The neat thing about this is that you’ll get as much happiness as he will. Who knows- someone may do it for you!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Frontier Faith Trilogy available now!

Frontier Faith is my latest work. It is a trilogy of the first three books and is available through Amazon in paperback or Kindle version.
You can access it by clicking on one of the other titles to your right. I will get an actual link up soon.

If you are in the Council Bluffs, Iowa area please come say hello. I will be signing at Murphy's Bay Home Decor and Antiques, 1840 Madison Avenue Friday July 19th at 1-3.

Saturday July 20th I will be speaking at the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave. I will speak about Abe Lincoln's connections to Iowa and how I put the history into historical fiction.1:00   

Day Two

Day Two- Buy yourself a small gift
Is there a book you’ve wanted to read, a new lipstick to try? Go ahead. Give yourself permission. There are thousands of e-books available under $5.00. Thrift stores sell paperbacks for as little as a quarter. Drugstores sell great cosmetics now. Forget those department store brands. It doesn’t matter what you buy as long as it’s something you’d normally deprive yourself. Go on. A few bucks won’t break the budget.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Thirty Days, Thirty Ways to a Happier You

Hi Everyone,
Today I'm starting a new feature.  While on vacation last week I had time to think about what makes people happy. I've decided to compile a 'lesson plan' for happiness that works for me. maybe it will help you. I don't claim to be a mental health expert, just a person who has survived some pretty strong challenges in her life.
Hope it helps you too.


Day One –Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others.
Decide today to be kind to yourself. Be gentle, forgiving .Acknowledge that you are human, we are human and when we make mistakes, and we will, we must forgive ourselves.. Learn from it and MOVE ON.
Recently when driving to Okaboji I got impatient with a slow motorcycle ahead of me. I followed him for several miles on a highway just itching for a chance to pass him. I was fifteen miles from my destination and I wanted to be there. Now.
I passed him going 80. As soon as I did I started berating myself. You know’ the dialogue “What if you hadn’t made it…and that was really stupid”. I came up to a stop sign and the cyclist pulled up behind me. I hadn’t saved any time at all.    
I resolved right there to stop calling myself stupid and be kind. My internal dialogue went something like this “Okay, that wasn’t a good idea. Thankfully no one was harmed. Next time don’t be in such a hurry. Pass when there are better conditions.”

This week’s assignment: When you find yourself being negative-stop. Talk to yourself and others kindly and gently.