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Congratulations, Kelly Ann Thuet!
January 31, 2009

Diane Baum's Christmas Memory

My favorite Christmas memory is a little different from most people's, as I am Jewish. My family and I spend every Christmas Day volunteering in our community. Two years ago our task was to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Most happily accepted our meals but were in a hurry as they had family coming to visit. Then there was Mary, a spunky 92-year-old who had many health problems and was confined to her home. She also had no family left. We talked and talked...I kept in brief contact with her after that day. She died a few months later.  

Winning Snow Memory, Kelly Ann Thuet

We had a camp-out in the great room. My family invited our aunts, uncles and cousins. We made s'mores in the fireplace, created tents out of blankets, slept in sleeping bags and played cards to the wee hours. The next day we had a scavenger hunt in the snow. The adults went outside that night when it started to snow and hid small gifts in the snow. Everyone got a map and we got to hunt for treasure. We have continued this tradition and I cannot wait until it snows this year.

See other wonderful entries below! Whew! Such good writers--and good memories--out there! Don't forget to check out the Favorites/Lists section of the website AND enter the Valentine's contest!

Favorite Snow Memory, Carol Thompson

Snow over here in South Africa, especially in Johannesburg, is a very, very rare occurence. I happens only every 30 to 50 years. Although I had seen and played in snow in some of our higher mountains, my son and daughter, aged 10 and 12 at the time, had never had that experience. 

One June we had been going through a very cold snap, with temparatures below 0 C and a bitterly cold wind making things even more unpleasant. I woke up in the morning and got the birdseed ready for putting into the bird feeders. When I opened the back door, snow greeted me!

What a surprise ! It was only a few inches thick and as soon as the sun came up, it melted but my two hooligans spent about three playing in something they had only read about in books and never seen. When I eventually dragged them inside, they were both soaked to the skin and blue, with chattering teeth!

All the family did get together and we managed to build a four-foot-high snowman, which I still have pictures of to this day! Fifteen years later, that day remains a highlight in my life.

Favorite Snow Memory, Susan Smith

I liked snow more when I was a child than I do now that I'm an adult and I have to drive in it. When I was a child in Omaha, we got a record snowfall that was as high as our roof. There is a picture of us kids being able to climb on our roof from the snow drifts. It wasn't all fun as we also had to shovel the snow too.

Favorite Snow Memory, Carol Dziuba

I was probably 13 or 14, and it had snowed a lot the night before, so school was cancelled. My friends told me about a golf course where the sledding was amazing. My mom drove my sister and me to the golf course, and the entire day was one of the greatest days of my life. All I did was walk up the endless hill and sled very fast all the way down, over and over, down and up through snow-covered sand traps and hills. I was hoarse by the end of the day, due to so much yelling and screaming. What fun !!!!!

Favorite Snow Memory, Becky Carden

Growing up in the south, Louisiana, and Alabama, I haven't seen much snow compared to people living in the Midwest and North. However, I do have two memorial memories of snowfalls.

One was when I lived in Shreveport, Louisiana. That winter (around 1961) it snowed, about eight inches, and it lasted for about a week! All the kids on the street were out every day, having snow ball fights, building snowmen, and just enjoying the winter wonderland atmosphere! 

The other snowfall was in 1993 in Anniston, Alabama. They call it the Blizzard of '93! Yes, we actually had a blizzard in Anniston and received over a foot of snow down here in Dixieland! That is the most snow I have ever seen, and I'm sure will ever see in my lifetime. It was incredible, and a bit scary, if truth be known.

Favorite Snow Memory, Jules

Living in northeast Texas does not bring many opportunities for true winter weather, and the snow days experienced in my 40 years barely register in the double digits. For me, winter is 40 degrees with occasional black ice on the streets and a handful of school closings out of "fear" of winter rather than actual occurrence. Perhaps this is why snow is still so very magical to me.

My favorite snow memory was a precious birthday gift, just last year in March. March! Our holiday season had been warm, and January began with little change. Temperatures finally dropped and remained for a time during February, but then we began to look forward again to warmer weather and springtime on the way. My birthday came on March 3rd and the weather was beautiful, sunny and cool. I never expected to be standing on my balcony that same evening watching huge white flakes from heaven pouring down upon our small Texas town.

As I stepped out onto my balcony for a closer look, I was struck by the complete silence of my community. Though one of my neighbors was standing nearby on her terrace, we simply acknowledged each other with a smile but never said a word. Something about the moment required a reverence. Our parking lot was barely lit that night, allowing the moon to create a romantic glow around us. No one was on the street. Cars were covered with inches of fresh powder, and the wind had picked up just enough to cause spirals of swirling snow to dance through the air as they made their way past us and down the road. The beauty of it was breathtaking, but the stillness of the night was as moving as a summer symphony. I never felt the cold air as I stood outside and praised God for His precious birthday gift. And when the morning came and our community was covered in acres of white, I praised Him once again as I drove through the streets to my office. I even stopped a few times on the way to capture photos of the crystallized trees lining my route. My heart rejoiced at a God who could bring such radiance to a barren land unused to seasonal changes.

We had another blanketing of snow a few days later that week, but it didn't have the same impact as my birthday snow. I treasure it even now as a gift from my Heavenly Father, one shared with the entire town and that felt like a celebration in honor of me.

Favorite Snow Memory, Judy Burford

I was in the second grade at the time of the biggest snow of my life. We lived far out in the country, and when the snow came, we were shut off from the rest of the world. I know in retrospect that it must have been a difficult time for Mom and Dad, but I only have pleasant memories of that time.

A couple of fireplaces gave us heat and light and a place to cook, and the most delicious sweet potatoes I ever ate were cooked there. We had plenty of clothes to keep us warm, and because Dad couldn't go to work, he played with us. The highlight of the snow play was the wonderful snowwoman he made, complete with bosoms! We thought it the best and funniest snow person in the world. If Dad were alive today, I would call him and remind him of my "snow memory."

Favorite Snow Memory, Kathy Mullins

I remember when the snow used to pile up like crazy during those New England winters. My favorite memory is of the snow being so deep that the children in the neighborhood and I got together to build a huge snow fort. We actually had underground tunnels in the snow and fun snowball fights. We also used to go sledding at "Sroka's Farm", a hilly dairy farm. The farmer who owned it welcomed the kids who came to go sledding.

My Dad used to pay me to shovel snow, and he paid me by the inch. I loved to shovel for my Dad, who always appreciated it and rewarded me afterwards with money and his trademark crooked grin. Dad also loved winter, and I miss him so much. When I was little we used to go ice skating together. Dad, my best friend, died in 1986.

I also love seeing the fresh fallen snow on the trees. God's creation is ever so beautiful during and after a snowstorm.

Written in loving memory of William D. Mullins

 Favorite Snow Memory, Jane Squires

My favorite snow memory is hard to chose as there are so many of them growing up in Illinois. I think I will write about the time it iced for three weeks after we got here. The ice was so bad we could hardly get our car down the steep hill to get to the road. In fact my husband put a small dent in it when he tried to go forward and instead went backwards and hit the light pole in the Pastor's yard.

Anyway the next day we got a skiff of snow on top of that ice. As my girls did not have sleds, the Pastor told them he was going to show them how poor kids had fun. He gave one a garbage can lid turned upside down, and man, would it go down that hill. But stopping before you went into the road was a different story. The girls finally learned how to pick one side up of the lid and turn it so it went into church parking lot instead. The cardboard box flattened (a big one) was also good for going down the hill but not quite as good at going so far. But that is a Christmas my grown girls still talk about. Our Pastor was like family to them as he lived next door.

Favorite Snow Memory, Mo

I've always loved the beauty of fresh-fallen snow (and even ice storms). Recently I witnessed three snow squalls in one day--while the sun was shining! It was beautiful, and so unusual. The cheery white flakes flurrying to the ground distracted me from worrying about a few upcoming medical tests. It was as if God was telling me that everything would be all right.

Even though I believed the signs, I still worried, fretted, and researched. I needed to stop, believe, and trust. Yes, my first two tests came out all right. And when a third procedure was announced, I really wasn't too surprised. Someone told me it was coming--and that the sun will shine again.

"The eye is dazzled by the beauty of its whiteness, and the mind is amazed as it falls." Sirach 43:18


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Give thanks with a grateful heart, Give thanks to the Holy One... In the spirit of Thanksgiving, share a blessing, and you will be entered in a random drawing for a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card
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Mascot WINNER!!
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Metarie rocked as friends, family, and N'Awlins bibliophiles swamped one of American's most gorgeous Barnes &Nobles stores Oct 10.
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Writer again returns to roots--in the classroom!
October 15, 2009
Bleachers filled with scrubbed, smiling students--and God--provided supernatural energy. What a blessing it was to share my passion for writing!
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Calling All Mascot-Lovers. Rah! Rah! Rah!
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In a rare spirit of compromise, this sports disliker will send a $15 Target gift card to some lucky visitor! The catch? Just name your favorite team mascot.
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A Lose-Lose Situation!
September 30, 2009
Have you ever been in a lose-lose situation? Choosing ONE winner from this contest was IMPOSSIBLE--so I had my son pick a number from my "finalist" entries. The winner is.....Pat Grau! Read on about an amazing wedding an amazing wedding.
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The Miraculous Moment Arrives
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So you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
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September contest
September 1, 2009
For a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card, share a wedding memory! It can tickle my funny bone, bring tears to my eyes. Why am I doing this? READ ON!!!
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August Contest Winner
August 31, 2009
Kudos to Carrie Turansky and Charity: water! You've won the August website contest! Read on, folks, to learn about a heroic group!
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Writer Returns to Scene of Crime
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August contest
July 31, 2009
The unchurched in Bangladesh. An orphanage in the Ukraine. A soup kitchen in your own downtown. What organizations pull at your heart--and your billfold? For the August contest, I'm offering a $50 check to the registered charity of your choice AND a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card to the winning entrant.
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Saving the Best for Last
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Congratulations, Virginia Campbell
July 30, 2009
Dear readers, thanks for lovely memories! It was harder to pick one name than it is to choose a truffle from a Godiva box. How I'd like to choose every entry! Here's the top choices. Enjoy!
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4th of July memories
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For a $15 Barnes & Noble gift certificate, share your favorite Independence Day memory. Can't wait to hear from y'all!
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A Writer's Dream Day
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Number of pages written? Zero. Value of twenty-four hour period? Priceless.
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Calling all writers! Don't miss this chance to improve your writing...and your relationship with God!
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If you had unlimited time and money--yeah, we're summer dreaming--what getaway spot would you choose? Think big, think bold--and you just might win a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card! Now for a different take on summer vacation, read All That Chicago Has to Offer
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Perfumania winner!
May 31, 2009
Congratulations, Diana! YOU--and Estee Lauder--are the big winners of May's Perfumania winner. READ Diana's poignant story of perfume...and memory. Then check out the top ten fragrances!
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Why I Write
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Bad reviews. Lonely early mornings...and late nights. Plummeting sales. Why DO I write?
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May flowers...and memories
May 1, 2009
I've always loved the season that brings perky daffodils, elegant tulips, shockingly orange poppies with their sassy black eye. But Daddy introduced me to a glorious world of flower fragrance--at the men's cologne counter of a department store! For a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card, name your favorite perfume, and describe it!
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Easter Memory contest winner
April 30, 2009
Congratulations to Gayla Collins, the winner of the Easter memory contest. Thanks to the many who shared from their treasure trove of Easters present...and past. Be sure to read all about 'em under Favorites/Lists!
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Easter memory contest!
April 1, 2009
For a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card, share YOUR most poignant Easter memory. Contest begins TODAY and will end on April 30.
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Winner, March contest!
April 1, 2009
Thanks, all of you who submitted heartwarming entries for the latest contest. Congratulations to Susanne Schurter, the winner of March's "Your Hero" contest! Read more for a poignant article by a wonderful young writer.
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Your hero
March 3, 2009
I have a new hero, my baby brother, who is159th Fighter Wing Commander of the Air Guard in New Orleans, Louisiana. He's fought against both human forces and the forces of nature who've tried to destroy us and recently gave this speech at the wing change of command ceremony. For the March contest, tell me your flesh-and-blood, modern-day hero. Winner receives a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card!
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Congratulations, Ariel!
March 2, 2009
Congratulations, Ariel! You won the February Memories contest. Read my five favorite memories!l And thanks, Readers, for sharing your romantic secrets!
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Valentine's memory contest!
February 1, 2009
Pull out old love cards, faded corsages, and empty chocolate boxes. For a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card, share your favorite Valentine's memory by February 29. Top entries will be posted under Headline News
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Congratulations, Kelly Ann Thuet!
January 31, 2009
Congratulations, Kelly Ann Thuet, for your winning entry! READ these entertaining and poignant snow stories! And don't miss Diane Baum's poignant Christmas memory, which got lost in my mass of files. Check out Favorites/Lists to see if YOUR entry made the Top Twenty!
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Congratulations, Rachel Robertson!
January 5, 2009
Congratulations, Rachel Robertson! You're December's contest winner! Read Rachel's poignant Christmas memory--and the finalists who wowed me and my son Thomas, the judges!
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December's Christmas Memories Contest
December 1, 2008
For a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card, share your favorite Christmas memory! May the peace of Christ Jesus wash over you as you ponder His glorious sacrifice for mankind. Feliz Navidad!
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November contest
November 30, 2008
Congratulations to Martha Artyomenko, winner of the November contest! Get ready to salivate as you read all about it!
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Winner, October Contest
October 30, 2008
Congratulations, Deb Cleveland, for winning a $15 Barnes & Noble gift certificate with your wonderful entry to the "It's Time for Revival Contest."
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It's Time for Revival!
October 1, 2008
October contest: "Revive us again, Lord. Revive us again." For a $15 Barnes and Noble gift card, read more!
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September contest: best school days memory
September 2, 2008
Congratulations to Christy Hawkes, winner of a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card. Thanks to all the wonderful entries--check out some of my favorites at the Favorites/Lists feature on this website. Now for Christy's entry...
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The Audience of One
August 9, 2008
Have you been slapped by a verbal rebuff from someone in the publishing industry? Spit upon by a rejection letter from that agent of your dreams? Perhaps this article is for you...
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August Contest winner: Deathbed memory
August 2, 2008
Congratulations to Jane Squires, winner of the August contest. Jane will receive a $15 Barnes & Noble card. Thanks for the fabulous entries!
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A Bit o' Irish in All of Us
March 1, 2008
Kregel Publications has recently announced the release date of my first novel, tentatively titled An Irishwoman's Tale, as August 31, 2008. To celebrate (and because March 17 is St. Patrick's Day), I'm honoring the Irish among us (or in us) for this month's contest!
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The 2007 ACFW National Convention in Dallas
October 17, 2007
Over five hundred writers gathered in Dallas to praise God, eat chocolate, fine-tune their writing craft, conduct a bit of business, socialize, did I mention eat chocolate? The keynote speaker, James Bell, admonished us to, "never stop learning, never stop writing, never stop reading."
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Patti's Writing News
September 17, 2007
An Irishwoman's Tale, Patti Lacy's first novel, will be published in the summer of 2008 by Kregel Publications. Unsettled Waters: A Story of Deception, is now complete! To read more...
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Freedom to Read, Even in Jail?
July 15, 2007
"Across the nation, religious texts are disappearing from America's prison libraries."
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Setting an Example
April 27, 2007
Ninety-six-year-old published for first time!
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The Raging Battle
April 22, 2007
A teacher's struggle to make a difference in the life of a student named Amber.
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A Slow Learner's Writing Plan
February 21, 2007
So you want to be a writer...What's your next step? If you've picked up a pen...
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