Life goes on until it doesn't. When we least expect it, things change and it's never the same again. This is dedicated to my friend, Paula, the most generous person I ever knew.
Hungry for meat but wanting to avoid red meat and watching those calories and carbs? This recipe will satisfy the cravings and delight the tastebuds.
A quiet lakefront parcel in the scenic woods is home to a group of friends that camp out often for water skiing, hiking, outdoor grilling and late-night sing-alongs around an open fire. Friendships and relationships evolve as couples drift in and out of the circle.
What caused the dramatic change in Kathy's appearance and demeanor? Chapter 2 takes Becky to her first day on a new job, a new look and one step closer to a startling confession from her best friend.
When you're craving it but can't get take-out or dine-in food from your favorite restaurant or pizza place this recipe will get you through hard times.
Part vagrant, part adventurer, Rusty returns to the campsite where he first met a couple of stray dogs. Hoping to find them safe, he's ready to recover his hidden stash of money and begin a new life in the country. What he couldn't know is that he'd find more than he ever expected on this trek.
She never dreamed she'd end up in that job. What she discovered once she started would open her eyes to an entirely new world.
When the mood strikes to start a spring garden where do you turn? Why not use recyclables and discarded containers to start your own plants? Here's how.
Pumpkin pie from a can tastes great, but if you're feeling creative and want to use up those porch decorations, try out this recipe for fresh cooked pumpkin and learn how to turn it into a pie.
Award winning author, Smith, published in 33 countries, describes what Florida was like in pioneer days. He weaves a captivating story of dirt poor farmers who started out with nothing yet carved an existence from the land through determination, hard work and sacrifice fraught with peril and danger.
Some professions are more prone toward trauma than others. Working at a hospital, this administrator knew the rigors of daily activities, emergencies, even death. Yet nothing could have prepared her for that unforgettable day in June 1999.
Missing pages from The Want Book inspire a terminal decision for two hardware store employees. Rumor, hearsay and innuendo are the only witnesses to the deed. Could someone else be the culprit?
This couple made the mistake of a lifetime but learned a valuable lesson. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A fictional story complete on this page.
Our first cruise was so much fun we signed up for a second journey right away. Here are photos and highlights of a trip to the Mexican Riviera with a secret stowaway named Speedy.
The main character from The Pub, its bookkeeper, Joe, returns with plans to pick up stakes, leave town, and start over in a new place.
The seductive widow has some explaining to do at the Police Station. McGuiness makes a hot discovery and Constable Muldowney gets an important clue from the son.
Jason has taken a job in Jamaica where he lives with his new wife, Melissa. An old-time foe's plot for revenge leads investigators to a suspicious death with several persons of interest for the homicide.
Traveling can be a challenge wherever you go, but when you board a cruise ship, knowing these few things can make the trip easier.
Cashiers everywhere groan when a customer wants to use cash rather than swipe a credit card. Making change really doesn't have to be all that difficult if you know these tips.
Stories from 35,000 feet from frequent flyers who work in the sky. This interview takes the reader through an eighteen year career cut short by a debilitating injury.
The first in a series of interviews with current and former flight attendants, these are memories of life at 35,000 feet.
James Armstrong, Professor of Ethics at Rollins College, former Methodist Bishop, and former President of the National Council of Churches writes insightful words certain to inspire.
This non-fiction story of the self-destruction of Braniff International Airlines looks into corporate managerial and policy decisions that doomed the vibrant, pace-setting major air carrier after fifty years of flying.
Fantasy fiction can be fun even when it involves murder. Nick P.T. Barnum, a crime solving private detective, works his magic to solve this case involving drugs, murder, revenge and copy-cat killers.
For nearly three decades, Racer X competed in sportsman-class racing events at drag racing strips in Texas. This is the story behind amateur racer 454X's first race car buildout.
There are over 3,000 species of cicadas from annuals to periodicals which emerge every 13 or 17 years. These flying insects are harmless but arrive in droves with a loud, resonating song.
One quick turn of the wheel and the car would careen off the side of the mountain. But if she stayed the course, she would have regrets the rest of her life.
Stephen King, best known for his horror, science fiction, and fantasy best-sellers, shares a collection of personal stories and tips for successful writing practices.
Where do writers turn for information on publishing and written format advice? Successful writers like Stephen King suggest reading these books.
Joe Kenda spent over twenty years as a detective investigating homicide cases in Colorado Springs. In his book he shares insight into the crimes he solved along with his own personal story.
The Carriage Driver is a collection of stories in which the afterlife allows the dearly departed the option to fulfill their desires and wishes and begin eternity in a destination of their choice.
This is a true account as told by Don Piper who suffered a devastating car wreck with massive injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. During those 90 minutes without a pulse, he says he traveled to heaven.
Follow the trail of two abandoned canines as they travel a dangerous journey through woods filled with predators and danger. When they cross paths with two other strays, they form an uneasy alliance as a pack.
Four stray dogs go on a journey through the woods facing hunger and trying to avoid the predators that lie in wait. Their paths cross with a drifter whose compassion changes their lives.
Finding that perfect gift for a senior or a friend confined to a nursing home can be challenging. Here are some ideas of things they will use and appreciate.
People continue to shop in retail stores despite the ease of internet purchasing. Here are a few things salespeople do that help run customers out of your store.
The Strangest Secret is revealed in the pages of this easy to read and highly beneficial small book of hope. Linda Compton explains how she made the journey from bitterness to joy and how we can too.
What is the cost to taxpayers for housing refugees from other countries in terms of medical, educational, public services and other related expenses?
This review of the cost of US intervention in Afghanistan explains much of our nation's debt (now standing at $18.8 trillion). In the new presidency, many of the past policies will play a part going forward.
Some books have incredible appeal and others don't. After reading a dozen novels by Lee Child with Jack Reacher as the main character, I've discovered some clues to explain the phenomenon.
Beyond political scandals and shocking headlines, the ways in which your tax dollars are being spent are disturbing.
Exploring historic places takes me back to our family traveling the U.S. by car moving to a new town or just visiting relatives. We stopped at highway markers, museums and anywhere else that was free.
From time to time, each of us wonders what might have been had romantic interest in someone panned out rather than fizzled out. When they return from the past, anything can happen.
What if an alien invasion is the reason for the political and social unrest we're seeing? Author Stephenie Meyer provides a scenario of possibilities, however remote, that may reveal the current media trend of disinformation.
Making this practical gift for someone who depends on a walker takes a bit of sewing skill, patience and time, but the end result will bring a smile to the user.
The basic duties of a cashier are to greet customers, ring up merchandise, bag the items, take the customer's payment, and thank them for their business. What training or skills are needed?
How did cashiers know how much change to give back before computers? They counted it back by hand. This tutorial makes it easy to give back the right amount of change.
Cookie suffers the symptoms of this debilitating disease that affects canines, felines, horses and humans. Described are symptoms and treatment options for dogs.
Stretch the food budget with this simple egg based recipe using leftovers and standard pantry items. Great meal any time of the day.
Casseroles are an ideal way to stretch food budget dollars. A package of lasagna noodles, along with ricotta, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce turns into a filling dish for a hearty family meal. Here's how.
Choosing a gift for a nursing home resident can seem difficult, but these ideas are certain to enchant your beloved senior.
This educational and uplifting book follows Doctor Ben Carson's rise from poverty to his fame as a world-renowned neurosurgeon. Raised by a single mother, the success of Carson's achievement stemmed from one specific practice his mother taught him.
Going into the business of raising emu wasn't quite what we'd hoped for in our quest for financial independence. We learned some important lessons about emu farming, though, which we share here.
What are the ideal values to seek out when choosing political candidates? Here is one author's viewpoint examining one candidate from the past.
Enjoy the rich flavor of pecans and coconut in this moist cake topped with real homemade cream cheese icing. This step by step recipe with photos shows you how to make this yourself.
Winter days call for hot steamy bowls of homemade soup or chili. Top those hearty, warming dishes with breadsticks made from refrigerator biscuits—from the oven to the table in minutes. Here's how.
Making a pie crust from scratch is fun, economical and easy. Follow these simple instructions for great results.
Homemade banana pudding and banana cream pies are desserts my family loves to eat. The easy recipe for the pudding tastes way better than any box mix. For the pie, you can use a refrigerated pie crust or make your own.
This cake is extra rich with crushed pineapple, shredded carrots, shredded coconut and fresh pecans. It's one of our family's favorite desserts.
The versatile egg can be boiled, poached, fried, scrambled, made into a quiche or a cake, and more. Here you'll find some time-tested secrets for making eggs come out great.
This easy recipe uses one ripe avocado, a tomato, a boiled egg and a bit of pickle relish. Top this with some chopped pecans, a spoonful of lemon juice and salad dressing and it's ready to eat.
Someone was actually paying me to drive them around Downtown Dallas in a brand new Cadillac. What could possibly go wrong?
Former President of the National Council of Churches and well sought after speaker, Dr. James Armstrong explains ways in which changing our lives can change our outcomes and our futures.
When the manager of a nightclub disappears overnight rumors of missing cash send its bookkeeper to the center of suspicion. When a new manager arrives, everything changes.
Cooking fresh broccoli takes only minutes using a metal steamer, and the taste, texture, and nutritional value is well worth the time invested.
What if that tree you bought at the flea market turned out to be an invasive species? Here's how to find out. A true story with an original poem.
Finding valuable vintage items is getting more difficult. Whether it's grandma's jewelry, glassware, dishes or furniture, knowing the value of items can make a difference when deciding what to keep, what to buy and what to donate.
What does it take to be successful in today's competitive work environment? These few ideas helped triple my income.
Looking to move out of retail or the hospitality field into an office job? What do hiring managers look for in a prospective candidate? Do you have what it takes? Find out!
Living out in the country was only a dream without hard work and sacrifice to get what we wanted. This is how we turned our dreams into reality.
Rhodes Scholarship Winner, athlete, U.S. Army Captain, college graduate, recording artist and song writer, Kris Kristofferson remains a veritable talent and sought-after performer.
When harvest brings in the butternut squash, it's time fire up the oven and bake this delicious vegetable in pies or serve it as a simple, nutritious side dish.
Getting kids to eat vegetables is easy when it's made into dessert. My young son always asked for seconds of this delicious pie.
The sixties offered a far different experience than kids know these days. Share a bit of nostalgia with me as we travel back in time.
The key to success in canning food at home is knowing which foods are safe to preserve and which are not. Choosing the wrong method and using improper techniques can be deadly.
Getting information for official military records is simple using online tools. By providing a little info about your veteran you can discover fascinating details contained in their service records.
Former Bishop James Armstrong shares his memoirs about family, his tenure in the ministry, and the circumstances that led him to resign as President of the National Council of Churches.
This delicious bread is a great way to use up overly ripe bananas. It's a family favorite that makes a great gift anytime.
Before graduation, Flight Attendant students were required to work an actual flight with real passengers. Sometimes we hit a bump in the air.
Worker's compensation is designed to provide medical coverage when an employee is injured on the job. But what happens years later when the injury worsens and the worker has a different employer?
A former flight attendant shares the inside scoop about practical jokes and on-the-job training for the airlines.
When a summons to serve on a jury arrives in the mail, it generates different reactions.
Pan-seared chicken, served with a side vegetable and rice, is one of our family favorites. This economical meal of comfort food is hearty, quick and delicious. Make this recipe in 30 minutes or less.
When our new puppy came down with a condition that could have been fatal, recognizing these are signs and symptoms saved his life.
Whenever a member of our family had a stomach ache, we used this common product found in our medicine cabinet. When supplies ran low, we'd go to the corner store to fetch a refill.
He was a collector of things: cars, jets, musical instruments, fame. His home at Graceland reveals his personal taste in furnishings and his love for the unusual and unique. But what about the man?
Enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II was a patriotic, yet dangerous option for teenagers in the nineteen-forties who felt the need to serve our country.
Often, one small event is enough to change the direction of our lives. One phone call, made while on vacation in Texas, was instrumental in changing my career path and fulfilling a lifetime dream.
Dogs teach us about love, companionship, dedication and loyalty. Here are a few stories about the dogs I've known and loved.
Changing the way that we think can change our lives for the better. How to begin? Start during the daily commute to work.
For motor sports enthusiasts who love the thrill of speed, competition and precision, drag racing has it all. Share the experience here and learn the basics of how it works.