READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR - Deuteronomy 27

READING THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR: Learn lessons about Kindness

Generosity and Divorce are themes as we Read the Bible this year


Reading the Bible in 1 Year: History of the Children of Israel

The Nation of Israel - Reading the Bible in 1 Year

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Answer to Word for Wedneday

Answer to the Word: Scythed

It is to have cut or mowed

check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Word: Scythed

Take a guess and put it in the "comments" section then come back around 3 to see if it was "write" or "rong" ;)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Decorating . . . Again

My welcome wreath. It's just some twigs with plastic eggs hotglued in place. I even took one of Sasha's chew toys (a little rabbit) and glued him on. I think it turned out kinda cute.

Then I hung out the banner, potted some plants and I'm ready for the hunt. . .Easter Egg hunt.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Roses are red. . .

So are tulips

Flowers from my garden this weekend

And a little garden art

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cooking . . . ?

Two ovens are better than one. That's my motto. And since I LOVE food and eating, I can use two ovens to cook all the faster in.

Unfortunately my Victorian home (built in 1890) didn't have any place for a wall oven but, heck, that's not holding me back at least not when I have a handy-husband sitting around the house. So, I put my husband to work, cutting holes into the walls of my kitchen to create a wall oven and microwave slot.

All the better to feed you with my dear.

WAH-LAH!!! My new wall oven.

If you have any fun recipes I might want to try - please put them in the comments section. I'm planning an oven party...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday Smile

Two hillbillies walk into a restaurant. While having a bite to eat, they talk about their moonshine operation.

Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table, who is eating a sandwich, begins to cough. After a minute or so, it becomes apparent that she is in
real distress. One of the hillbillies looks at her and says,

'Kin ya swallar?'

The woman shakes her head no.

Then he asks, 'Kin ya breathe?'

The woman begins to turn blue and shakes her head no.

The hillbilly walks over to the woman, lifts up her dress, yanks down her drawers and quickly gives her right butt cheek a lick with his tongue.

The woman is so shocked that she has a violent spasm and the obstruction flies out of her mouth.

As she begins to breathe again, the Hillbilly walks slowly back to his table.

His partner says, 'Ya know, I'd heerd of that there 'Hind Lick Maneuver' but I ain't niver seed nobody do it!'

Friday, March 26, 2010


I try to recycle, recraft, and reuse. So, when I'm thinking of a card for someone, I think what that person likes and then I try to make it.

Today, at my gardening group lunchtime meeting, we had a master gardener come talk to us and I wanted to give her a little card to say "Thanks" so I took a picture from my garden and glued it onto some heavy construction paper and folded it into quarters. WAH-LAH gardening card!

So can you think of any ideas like this, ways you can use simple things sitting around your house and put them together to make something meaningful without spending any money?

Please share your ideas in the comments section. Thanks.

(These photos were taken with my phone - sorry for the low quality)


I don't know about you but, at the end of the week, I'm worn out. So, I could sure use a little laugh or at least a smile.

DISCLAIMER: Now, I have no idea if any of these are true. A friend sent them to me. But, maybe, they might make you smile and IMO that's a good way to start a weekend.


When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'it's open!' His reply: 'I know. I already got that side.'

This was at the Ford dealership in Canton, MS


We had to have the garage door repaired.

The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener.

I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.

He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, 'NO, it's not.' Four is larger than two.'

We haven't used the Sears repair service since.


My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.

She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back. She sighed and went to get the manager, who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said 'We're sorry but we could not do that kind of thing.' The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.

Do not confuse the clerks at McD's.


I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'

From Kingman , KS


My daughter went to a local Taco Bell
and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind
the counter for 'minimal lettuce.'

He said he was sorry,
But, “We only have iceberg lettuce.”

-- From Kansas City


I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?' To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?' He smiled knowingly and nodded,

'That's why we ask.'

Happened in Birmingham, Ala.


The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!'

She was a probation officer in Wichita, KS


At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who was leaving the company due to 'downsizing,' our manager commented cheerfully, 'This is fun. We should do this more often.' Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.

This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.


I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.

A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, no less.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Answer to Thought for Thursday

The food product to create the first consumer protection law was Beer. And, probably not for the reason you might have guessed.

It was in 1516 when the purity law of Bavaria mandated that beer could have only three ingredients: barley malt, hops and water. Those Bavarians were serious about their beer.

Thought for Thursday

Question: What food product's ingredients were the cause for the world's first consumer protection law?

Take a guess - put it in the comments then come back around 3:00 to see if you were right

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday Wearables

My friend has started her own jewelry business and I thought I'd share it with all my cyber buddies. Check out Des' amazing gems and things here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I have yet to hear a man ask for advice
on how to combine marriage and a career.”
Gloria Steinem

Marriage and a career?


That’s nothing. Try adding kids into the equation. Suddenly you’ll move from simple addition into the miraculous world of modern-day math, only this time you’ll be using the metric system.


Just ask any junior high teacher.

And, calling an Employed Mom a “working mother” is more than redundant—it’s an insult.

The sixties might have been celebrated as the bra-burning revolution but then why is Victoria’s Secret so popular today?

So, hooray for the flower-power season and three cheers for freedom!

Only I must be missing something.

I still feel like I’m chained to that never-ending chore called housework.

Maybe it’s because my Mom was way ahead of her time. In the sixties, she was raising 9 kids and running her own beauty business.

Mom was an original feminist - before the word was even invented. I just don’t know how she did it.

She’d have us up and ready for school—every day. All nine of us, wore clean clothes to class, came home to find a home-cooked dinner on the table, and could always count on finding food in the fridge.

I can’t begin to compete with her. There’s only one possible explanation: Mom must have been related to Samantha Stevens. Even now, nearly 50 years later, I’m thinking she had to be using some of that magic.

I’m supposed to be living in the New-Age, with the help of mechanical modern-day magic, I have an entire world-wide-web of technology right at my fingertips.

There’s only one problem.

I’m traveling down that information highway, at hyper-cyberspeed, while I'm supposed to be wearing high heels and looking sexy--forget it America! This isn't Fantasy Island.

Even using my cellphone, email, mapquest, and GPS, I’m still lost.

LIFE is a giant four-letter word: W.O.R.K.

But the real enemy of every Mom is T.I.M.E. and I have the evidence, written across my face. Just look at me, you can see that roadmap to the information highway etched across my face. I like to think of those little lines and wrinkles as a Mom’s badges—so forget the Botox baby. Wear those scars proudly.

I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing in life is ever free and women’s liberation came with a hefty price-tag.

Freedom isn’t free—it’s a lot of hard work.

And, we might have come a long way baby. But where the heck have we ended up?

Moms, today, just want to be it all—and do even more—for everyone.

I think about women—especially every M.O.M. who holds down an eight hour job and have to flip that word around to say W.O.W.!

Being a Mom is one occupation where none of the usual rules apply. What other job offers no training, has you on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no time-off or vacation – remember there’s not even a bathroom break from this occupation? And there’s no financial incentive of any kind to compel you into this career. You can’t even expect a paycheck, commission or bonus at the end of the month.

Yet educated people actually choose this career choice and, when they finally are initiated into the sisterhood of the traveling pants—it’s really the waistband that’s traveling not the lady inside them. But we all celebrate the onslaught of morning sickness, nightly trips to the toilet and stretch pants with a party, shared as a shower with a bunch of other women.

It’s an unfortunate reality that Dads are rarely divine and everyone is bound to make a few mistakes - which kids will point out for years to come.

You might think its funny one day, probably when the kids move out. And, Mom didn’t really have a magic wand because parents are simply people.

So, in this game, called raising kids there can be no bench players. And, if reality pitches a problem across your home plate, swing with your sense of humor - that way, you may not hit a Home Run but at least you’ll never strike out.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Writing is a Lot Like Knitting

I pull out my yarn (paper)
and knitting needles (pencil) and wrap the string (ideas) around the needles then I start to work the needles together in a smooth rhythm until a little fabric (story) is produced. I weave the material together(characters) until, bit by bit, something starts to take shape. It could be a sweater, a hat or even a story.

Sometimes something goes wrong, I drop a stitch or create a new one where one doesn't belong. Sometimes I even have to rip out some of the story, um, I mean sweater until I get back on track. And, I know, I can't just stop in the middle because I'm at the hard part. I have to keep on going, even when the going gets tough.

Finally, I exclaim "WAH-LAH" I've got a finished sweater, um, I mean story.

Is there anything in your life that reminds you of writing?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Springbreak, Monsters and Paris

Spring break!!! Yipee! So what did we do?

We drove up to Seattle to take Luke to SEATAC so he could hop on a flight to Paris. How is it that kids end up in Paris and parents end up driving 6 six hours to make sure everything goes okay?

Well me and my husband decided to make the best of the trip. In Tacoma we stopped at the Museum of Glass. One of the coolest things was the Kids Art Gallery. Kids under the age of 13 draw the art and then glass artists bring the art to life by creating the masterpieces. One of my favorites was this little monster:

Plus we watched the glass blowing and art making all in progress. It was a lot of fun.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Earth-Friendly Friday - Gardening

If you want to get your garden beds ready for planting but, you have a bunch of weeds to deal with first, don't use chemicals to get rid of the pesky plants. Instead try using black plastic. Lay it down in the weed-ridden area, tack it down with bricks or heavy rocks. Leave the plastic over the weeds for four to eight weeks, when you pull off the plastic, the weeds will be gone and you will have a perfect bed to plant.

This is one idea. Of course, organic gardening is all about patience and practice. Not every idea will work but these types of ideas will be much better for your plant beds and the planet. No instant gratification in the organic world but it's worth the time and energy to help keep our soil chemical-free.

So, do you have any great organic gardening ideas? If you do, please share them in the comments section.

Happy planting!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010


No wonder the world needs writers - to give us hope...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Answer to Word for Wedneday

Answer: Obfuscation means to confuse, bewilder or stupefy.

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Word: Obfuscation

Come on, take a guess - put it in comments.

Then come back around three to see if you were right or wrong.

Happy St. Paddy's Day - celebrate with your own basket of gold

I wanted to fill baskets with gold and give them to my friends. Unfortunately, I have no money. So, those little chocolate-coins, covered with gold foil, was the best I could do.

I made these little baskets of gold to give to my friends, at work. I hope you all have a day filled with riches, romance and a little chocolate too ;)

You never know when you just might reach the end of the rainbow or where your pot of gold might be.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rena Jones Interview

Blogerific Rena Jones has agreed to be interviewed here on my site. Thanks Rena! All you wannabe picture book writers should take heed and listen to these words of wisdom from multi-published Rena Jones.

And check out her books.

1) When did you realize you wanted to be "a writer"?

It was probably around 2005 after visiting Glacier NP in northwestern Montana. We spotted some mountain goats on the cliffs and I was inspired to write a story about one of them. My very first story was called Manny the Mountain Goat.

2) How did you send out your first manuscript (I mean how did you know where to send it, how to format it, etc.?)?

I bought several books on writing for children and getting published, so that's where I learned the basics of formatting manuscripts. However, I made the mistake of sending it out to many publishers without doing extensive research first. I found ones that said they accepted my type of story, but I didn't look any further to see what type of books they had published in the past. Big mistake -- I spent a lot of money and burned a lot of bridges in the process.

3) What made you decide to go without an agent?

I'm not sure, to be honest. It just didn't occur to me in the beginning, especially since I was submitting picture books. Obviously, I've learned more about the business since I first began and definitely see the benefits of having an agent.

4) Have you ever thought you'd like to search for an agent now that you are a published writer? If not, why not?

Yes, especially since I have some middle grade novels written.

5) Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

My family loves visiting national parks and wildlife watching, so that's been a huge inspiration. I also live in the mountains and we have a lot of critters roaming around outside. My children are also an inspiration for my writing, especially my boys, who are always coming up with crazy ideas for my stories.

6) Have you ever thought of writing in different genres?

Yes, as I mentioned, I have two middle grade novels written. I enjoyed writing those, but I'm not sure I have what it takes to write YA or adult novels. Picture books seem to be the thing I enjoy writing the most.

7) What is one thing you've learned about writing, publishing, and blogging that you never thought you'd learn?

Oh, I've learned so much since I first started, so it's hard to pick just one thing. However, one thing that sticks out is promotion. It's something you always have to work on and you can't expect your publisher/editor/agent to do all the work for you.

8) What is your favorite time to write and why?

I don't really have a specific favorite time to write, especially because I homeschool my kids and that takes a lot of time. When an idea hits me though, it's hard for me to do much else. I tend to write in spurts, sometimes short and sometimes long.

9) What advice would you want to pass on to all the newbie writers out there reading this?

It's the same advice I give when someone asks me about homeschooling -- I tell them to read, read, read! Read books that teach you how to write for children, read books that show you how to get a book published, read books in the genre you're interested in writing. Join a writer's message board and read old posts and listen to what experienced writers have to say. Be a fly on the wall and soak up as much information as you can, especially before you open your mouth and ask questions. I've had so many questions answered just by doing searches on message boards.

10) What is your favorite thing about Lemur Troops?

My favorite thing about Lemur Troops is definitely Nikki Shoemaker! She is an amazing illustrator. I instantly fell in love with her drawings when I first saw some of her work posted on the 4RV Publishing website. I was so happy to find out she would be doing the artwork for Lemur Troops & Critter Groups. I can't even pick a favorite page -- I love them all!

11) What's your next goal?

I would love to get one of my middle grade novels published, so I'm working on that now. I also have quite a few unpublished picture books I'd like to start submitting. And then there are my other books coming out with 4RV Publishing -- The Marshmallow Man is next in line. I'm really excited about this one. Stephen Macquignon did the illustrations and he's done an amazing job on it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Ides of March

In William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March."

Some people think this is an ominous day both now and in history. It first became famous when Julius Ceasar was murdered on this date in history, in 44 BC.

Today the Ides of March is remembered by the Rome Hash House Harriers with a toga run in the streets of Rome, in the same place where Julius Caesar was killed.

The ides of March used to be a festive day. People used to celebrate this date by honoring the god Mars.

Today, some people believe it is a date for radical change.

What do you think? Do you celebrate the Ides of March or fear it?

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I went to an auction this weekend to help support the Soroptimists of Portland. They are committed to providing service to their community and have raised thousands of dollars to fund projects that "Make a Difference for Women" through volunteer service.

The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland, California. The name comes from two Latin words that mean "best for women".

If you're interested in volunteering in your community, you should check and see if there is a Soroptimist group in your community.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

From MEME to You

Wonderful writer Rena Jones has awarded me the From Me To You award. Click on her name to visit her blog because she's an amazing artist in more ways than one. Check out some of her books for children or her art. She's an amazing photographer. To accept this award, I'm supposed to list seven truths about myself.

1) I love to write - duh...
2) I love to eat - really BIG duh...
3) I love to sleep - who doesn't?
4) And paint my feet - okay, just my toes - ah, nails...
5) I love to talk - everyone who knows me - knows that.
6) I love to walk - with my dogs, and cat who tags along
7) I love to mock - my kids will tell you that's true too.

So, there are seven obscure things about me...kinda boring but now we're on to better things

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award ...

Shelli - 'cuz she's way more interesting than me
Brenda - cuz she's a better cook than me
Lisa Schroeder - 'cuz she's a better prose writer than me
Speaking from the Crib - 'cuz she's funnier than me

Now hurry out there and check out these funny, talented, interesting women but y'all come back now, y'hear

Friday, March 12, 2010

Earth-Friendly Friday

Compost made EZ

Why fill up the landfills and then have to go buy garden soil--when you can use your leftover table scraps and grass clippings to make your own soil.

"Gardeners know the best dirt", at least that's what people say, but I'd say "Gardeners soil themselves".

I hate to call rich organic materials mere "dirt". It sounds so much better as "soil". And, if you want to make some of your own, all you need is some garbage or leftover fruit and vegetable trimmings. Don't use meat or dairy products - they attract rodents. All living things will decompose and to help it along its way to becoming that rick, dark, crumbly mixture of organic material gardeners are always searching for, you simply need to mix one to two parts carbon-rich materials ("browns") or fall leaves with ("greens") grass clippings or left over fruit and vegetables.

You can start by keeping a jar by the sink, with a nice lid to keep the "aroma" inside the jar. Toss your coffee grinds, peels and other "waste" into the jar. When the jar is full take it outside to a bin and dump the organic material inside. If you can turn the materials, with a pitchfork, that will help accelerate the process. And keep the mixture damp, by simply adding a little water - think of it as "watering your garden" in process.

It takes a while for the materials to turn into soil but it's worth it. You'll be creating great garden material and saving the planet at the same time.

And, if you're looking for someplace to put all that wonderful, rich, soil - check out to see how to B.Y.O.B. Build-Your-Own-Bed, your own Garden Bed.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

There's Something in the Air

I've got that twitchy, antsy feeling coming over me again. The flowers are in bloom, the trees are blossoming with foliage and there's the sweet scent of . . . something on the horizon. It's the aroma of art and crafty people gathering for that special season of . . . writer's conferences.

Yep, it's that conference time of year again.

If you live in Portland it's time to sign up for the SCBWI spring conference. Check this out and get in gear before it's too late.

And if you know of more conferences in our area, please share. If not, tell me what conferences you like to attend and why.

Maybe we can all learn a little something before the big event(s).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Answer: A wine lover usually a connoisseur

If you want to read more, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - a Writer's Game

Word: Oenophile

Take a guess what could it be
come back at three and you will see

Post your guess in comments Please

Come and play . . .

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tabletop Tuesday

We had an old rusty tablesaw - minus the saw - sitting around. We've been thinking about making it into something but just hadn't gotten around to it.

Well we had a family dinner this weekend and thought it would be nice to have some place to set the food while we're cooking outside so my husband decided it would be EZ to turn this eyesore into a barbeque table - for outdoor cooking.
So he used a little leftover thinset that we had out in the shed to "glue down" the cement backerboard.
Then he cut up some leftover slate we had from the patio installation. So this slate tabletop is a perfect re-crafting of recycled materials and it makes a nice addition to our outdoor furniture.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Male Bonding Monday - Making SMORE Memories

A family that plays together - stays together.

We get so busy - we forget
To take some time - just to sit
Remember it's fun to shoot the breeze
Or joke around - laugh - and tease

Play a game in the street
Get off your butt and on your feet
Life is short - make it sweet!

My cousin came down from Seattle for the day to play, chat and make Smores.
It was a beautiful way to spend a spring day :)


Roast a couple marshmallows
Place one on top and one underneath a piece of chocolate
set the chocolatey goodness between two graham crackers


I promise it will be YUMMY for the TUMMY!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Cat, um, Bear in the Hat . . . ?

I knitted this hat this past weekend for my girlfriend's baby - which hasn't been born yet.

I was happy with the way it turned out and can't wait to see it on Emmaleigh's head.

Have you made anything lately? Share your crafting ideas in the comments, please.

Friday, March 5, 2010

March 5th in History

The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770 and author Ann Rinaldi wrote the Book entitled The Fifth of March in 1993.

Other events from March 5th are:

1836: Samuel Colt released the first Colt revolver.
1868: Impeachment proceedings began against President Andrew Johnson.
1933: The Nazis won parliamentary elections, giving control of the country to Adolf Hitler.
1946: Winston Churchill used the term 'Iron Curtain' in a speech

March 5th seems to be an ominous date in history.

Any good things you can think of that happened on March 5th in history?

Earth-Friendly Friday

So I display the 350 Challenge badge because I want my blog to help fight climate change. And the organization that started this cyber-community awareness program is looking for projects to support. Check out this link to nominate a project - or to vote for one.

Together, we can all make a difference.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Answer to Thought for Thursday

Answer: Queen Esther ate only poppy seeds and chickpeas with other beans for three days to avoid breaking kosher laws while she figured out a way to tell the King about Haman's evil plot to exterminate the Jews.


THOUGHT: What is the significance of the poppy seeds that the Jews use in hamantaschen pastries during the Purim holiday?

Put your guess in the comments section and then come back around 3:00 to see if you got it right.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Answer to Word for Wedneday

I hope that was a good enough clue but in case it wasn't Lycanthrophy is the delusion of being a wolf. If you want to read more, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Word: Lycanthrophy

Take a guess - what does it mean?

Put your guess in the "comments" section and then come back around 3:00 p.m. to see if you were "write" or wrong.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


By: Kim Kasch (With help from her Friends Rena, Bob, and Diana)

Women glow – Men sweat
Guys worry – women fret
Women dine – men eat
Men are friendly – women sweet

Women shop – men buy
Men cut – women dye
Women love – men lust
Men control – women trust

Women converse – Men talk
Women stroll – men walk
Men lie – women pretend
Men have a buddy – a woman a friend

Women primp, pluck and spray – Men go any ‘ole way

Women sip – men drink
Women ponder – men think
Men yell - women scream
Men Plan - women dream

Women mope -- men rage.
Men mature -- women age.
Men seduce - Women flirt
Girls like fairies - Boys like dirt

So why should these two ever want to become one?
I’ve heard it’s because, doing it is so much fun.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

I love Dr. Seuss - always have. And, today is his birthday!

My favorite story of his is The Lorax.

He was writing Green-Theme stories before it was the hot thing to do.

Way-to-GO Dr. Seuss, you speak for the trees.

Monday, March 1, 2010

ECOwomen Blogiversary Contest

Check out the all week-long giveaways over at ECOwomen. Prizes will be given out every day this week. Don't miss this opportunity to win Earth-Friendly prizes and more!

Writer's Resource Fair

Sunday I went to the Central Library for the Writer's Resource Fair.

There were publishing companies, writers, editing companies and more-all there showcasing their wares.

One company that had their friendly staff people on hand was Declaration Editing & Design.

De-klə-rā-shən - Says you should "Say it like you mean it"

All you writers out there, we all need a little editing now and then. This looks like a fun company you might want to consider: Declaration Editing and Design.
with helpful staff, you should check out their website and read more about their editing services which include: "Editorial Response Letters, Developmental Letters, Developmental Editing" and more.

Friends of Mystery
were on hand too. Their next meeting will be Thursday, March 25, 2010 with the Spotted Owl Winner, Phil Margolin & Robert Dugoni. This event will be at the Terwilliger Plaze, 2545 SW Terwilliger in Portland at 7:30 p.m.

Willamette Writer
had a booth and was promoting their Tuesday night meetings which are free to members and $10.00 for non-members.

Also the Oregon Council for the Humanities
was on hand and giving out complimentary magazines (and FREE is always a good price).

There were so many organizations on hand (and it was all FREE) that I can't put it all in one post. But next year, if you're in Portland, keep your eyes and ears open for this fun and informative event designed specifically for writers.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!