More faith, less blame needed for this world to survive

The last couple of weeks have been an interesting experiment in how we as Americans react to harsh tragedy in a world where social media has saturated every corner of almost every community. We’re sliding downhill—not a scary pace, but enough to make one grimace. I remember when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks took place…

Mommas, don’t let your novels grow up to be movies

I’ve been writing books for a number of years now, and one of the more common comments I hear from people who learn this is, “Maybe someday they’ll turn one of your books into a movie.” I hope not. I realize how surprising that sounds, but I have no interest in having any of my…

Going out to eat should feel like coming home

My Sunday morning plans seemed perfect. Today was the day for the big Brunch on the Farm for Shawano County, and anyone who has been to one of those knows how busy they are and how much attraction they generate from parents who don’t live on farms but want to make sure they realize their…