Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

SECOND HELPINGS
10/23/2020 1:00:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

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EXCERPT FROM SECOND HELPINGS

CHAPTER TWO

Dressed, I rejoin Larsen in the kitchen. He takes a last swallow of his morning oatmeal. Larsen may not like to cook, but at least he makes his own breakfast. Every morning. Oatmeal and toast with a few slices of apple.

I’d like him to look up from his bowl and notice I’m wearing red today. Perhaps if he noticed my clothes as much as he notices my weight, I wouldn’t feel like meeting Derrick for lunch today.

I hear two sequential car horn blasts and look out the window—Lance’s friend Bart in his black pickup. Larsen turns the page on the newspaper. At least he has spared me his usual commentary that men drive trucks to compensate for a diminished male ego.

Derrick drives a truck, and there’s nothing he needs to compensate for.

Probably the only people who pay attention to the size of a car are psychiatrists. Maybe Larsen’s the one overcompensating …. diagnosing others, a way to rise above his own insecurity.

Lance waltzes into the kitchen and grabs a donut.

I squeeze my face into a scowl. “Lance, that’s not a good breakfast.”

He glances at my cake plate, shrugs his shoulders in a Larsen-like dismissal, heaves his backpack over his shoulders, and heads out the door.

Up until a few years ago, Lance never left the house without a hug from his mother. My brother stopped hugging my mother when he was twelve, the age Larsen says most boys drift away from matriarchal influence and prefer to emulate their fathers. I bite my lip at the thought. Did I want Lance to be more like Larsen or more like me?

I miss Lance’s hugs as much as I miss long walks in the park with Larsen. Seemed both ended about the time Jordan was born.

I sigh. Larsen gives me a paternal smile, probably meant to console. Recognition I was in the kitchen at least. Perhaps he notices the shadow of disappointment in my eyes, even if he isn’t the least bit curious why I’m wearing a red blouse. “Don’t worry about the way Lance distances himself. Just part of what I call Adolescent Separation Syndrome. Children must naturally start becoming more isolated from their parents to prepare for adulthood, especially as they near college. Kids unable to do this will have separation anxiety. Take the indifference as a sign we’ve done our job.”

Larsen’s diatribe could have been summed up simply as, “Perfectly normal.”

“I know. I read parenting books, remember?”

Still, I’ll never like the idea my son has become a stranger. I envy Larsen for the Saturday morning golf matches he shares with Lance. Why do boys have to grow up and give mothers token affection—a card and maybe flowers on birthdays and Mother’s Day? Maybe if I learn to swing a golf club instead of criticism …

“Is he this non-talkative when you golf?”

Larsen snickers. “Men don’t jabber on the course, Jocelyn. You worry too much. I didn’t talk to either of my parents when I was Lance’s age.”

Now I worry all the more. Does this mean my once cuddly son will grow up to be another Larsen in my life—another Pluto to my Mercury—so emotionally distanced my heart freezes before I can reach him?

Larsen slings his laptop bag over his shoulder. “Like I said, Lance is just going through a phase. It’ll pass.”

Twenty–one years of parenting and nearly every day a circus, Larsen catalogs every annoying childhood habit as this phase or that. Did anything stir rage or passion in the man anymore?

There is a lake near my parents’ house … inland from the turbulent ocean breezes. As a child, I sat near the placid waters, disturbing the calm by skipping stones. Yet, during an on-coming tropical storm, I often found insane comfort when I strolled along the boardwalk and watched the rough waves incessantly pound against the wooden structure. I liked the variety of scenes, going from lake to ocean front. I could only take so much placid before I ambled toward the boardwalk. Likewise, after the storm, I enjoyed the serenity of the ebb and flow of happy waves.

 I supposed Larsen was my calm waters. Derrick, my stormy seas.

“Seems like the kids are forever going through this phase or that, Larsen. When will life be normal?”

He stares at me with his blue eyes, the eyes that seduced me into his bed during my second semester of grad school and gave me Lisette, put me into motherhood before my clock was ready. Tick-tock … tick-tock, the cradle rocked, and maternal winds uprooted every ambition of my life.

Larsen smiles. Well, actually he hasn’t stopped smiling this morning, only varying the length and dimensions of his grin, from pasted to false pleasantness, to a sincere offering of amusement, then to infuriating patronizing smirks … but always some measure of lip separation. “Normal is a phony expectation, Jocelyn. Expecting normal only leads to a sense of failure when we can’t achieve what we perceive is normal. I tell my patients to bless each new day when it arrives…”

If Larsen weren’t a near atheist, he could be the next Billy Graham. Something spiritually condemning in his counsel.

Link comes downstairs, his busy fingers texting his friends. Without looking up from his phone—as deft as if he had a third hand—he pours a glass of milk, gulps it down, then shoves a banana in his backpack. “I’ll eat this in the car while I’m waiting for you.” I can only assume the last was meant for his father. At least Link lets the door thud when he leaves.

I cast Larsen a helpless glance. “Why can’t you manage to have Link’s phone meet with an accident on the way to school?”

“Don’t worry, it’s just—”

“A phase.”

Larsen kisses me on the cheek and shuts the door with a rhythm calculated to give off a minimum amount of noise. He’s so quiet, I rarely hear him come in at night. He’s just as quiet when he rolls into bed. I would never know he’s beside me if nature didn’t wake me in the middle of the night. When I glance to his side of the bed, most of the time he’s there. Sometimes he’s not. I see a faint glow from downstairs emanating from his academic man cave. I don’t bother to check. I think of how bland our marriage has become, like unsalted scrambled eggs.

He doesn’t wake me for sex anymore. I try to remember the last time we were intimate. I can count on one hand how often we made love since Jordan was born. Either Larsen has lost interest or maybe I have … with him, anyway. Those rare times I do get in the mood, Larsen seems to make up some excuse to leave the bedroom until after I’m asleep. When he’s interested, I make about a dozen phone calls, long enough for him to get refocused on a Raiders game or a rerun of Psycho.

Mourning my static marriage is interrupted as Louise clomps downstairs and bolts into the kitchen … she did not get the Johnson gene for quietness. One always knows when she’s in the room. I pour another cup of coffee and glance for a quick inspection … old habits hard to break as my children advance from grade school to high school. Louise used to have long, curly blonde hair. Today it’s pink and chopped off above the ears on one side and falls over her shoulders on the other. She’s dressed in all black: slacks and a long sweater over a tank top. Her eyes seem to bulge from her face, the impact of thickly applied eye liner. She has beautiful blue eyes like Larson, hardly needing accentuation. I want to yank out three of her four pairs of earrings along with the two body piercing studs in her nose.

I remember our Saturday afternoon shopping trips after Larsen came back from playing golf. Louise loved clothes and had asked to take modeling classes. I thought she should. Larson put his foot down with no room for argument. “No daughter of mine will be meat for exterior phoniness.” Did he forget Louise was my daughter too?  

After that, Louise ironed her hair then saved up her allowance and straightened her hair. Now she has a color of the month, never letting on what it will be, just shows up from the hairdresser. For the last six months she’s bounced from green, to purple, to blue, to pink, back to green and then purple and now apparently pink again. I worry one of these days she’ll come home with bright orange.

“Dante is picking me up this morning,” she says as she swoops up a granola bar.

I recognize Darin’s Goth name. “What happened to Braxton?” I asked refusing to use the boy’s moniker.

“Oh, Virgil and I broke up a couple of weeks ago. I’m with Dante now. Virgil and I are still friends … I just … well…” Louise looks at the floor.

“Well what, Louise?”

“Never mind. I told you. I don’t go by Louise anymore. The kids at school call me Vixen.”

“You can call yourself any name you want to, young lady, but to your father and me you will always be Louise.”

“S###!” Louise slams the door with all the forcefulness Larsen avoids.

I wonder if she realizes how grating her swearing has become. Some of my guests have remarked concern over the increasing use of foul language among teens these days. As if they are desensitized to obscenity.

Shirt on backwards and holding his pants in front of him, Jordan runs into the kitchen. “I need help.”

One out five that still needs his mother. I help Jordan on with his pants and turn his shirt so the collar faces forward instead of toward the back of his neck. I take the moment to swoop him into a hug, grateful he doesn’t resist. I give him a kiss on the forehead before I let go. “Now go back to your room and finish getting ready.”

My cell rings as Jordan dashes toward his room, hands outstretched like Superman to the rescue.

Lisette. I click accept.

“Hello, Mother. Happy birthday.” She sounds too cheerful … a theatrical tone underneath her greeting. I sit, hoping she’ll stay on the line for more than her usual two minutes.

“Thank you, sweetie, but you called me last night.”

“Nothing wrong with wishing you a happy birthday twice, is there?”

Was she stalling?

“Um … what’re you going to do today? Something fun, I hope.”

“Nothing special. Your father and I might go out to dinner later.”

“How was the party?”

“I finished off a bag of chips all by myself.”

“Mom! Carbs!”

My mind wanders as Lisette rips off a Larsen-like lecture on the dangers of too many carbs. I wonder if there is anything of me in my children. I glance at Louise’s picture … rebellion personified. I see me in her Goth coverings. Not that I ever wore black. But every time my parents grounded me, I snuck out my window … always looking for danger … always flirting with disaster. Was that what I was doing with Derrick?

Jordan comes back out. “All dressed now.” He climbs up on my lap and gives me a hug. How long before he can barely tolerate being in the same room as me?  

I return my attention to Lisette. “Lisette, is there another reason you called, besides policing my food intake?” I chide myself for being sarcastic. Since Lisette went off to college her phone calls were rarer than a warm day in January. I should be thrilled to have two in one week.

Her cheerful tone mutates. “Guess there’s no other way to tell you than straight out.”

I inwardly gasp, tensing for the anticipated bombshell. “Tell me what?”

“I’m coming home. My summer plans have changed. I’ll be there this evening. I’m not going back in the fall.”

ABOUT SECOND HELPINGS

Today is Jocelyn Johnson’s 45th birthday. Unhappy with her marriage of 22 years, the parenting talk show host has planned a noonday tryst with her cohost. A phone call from her college daughter, a peek into her teenaged son’s journal, a sick preschooler, a Goth daughter’s identity crisis, a middle-school son’s prank, and her husband’s inflamed suspicions, not only interfere with her hopeful birthday plans but throw her family into more chaos than a circus on steroids.

In desperate need of counsel, Jocelyn invites a Christian to dinner, her guest from her morning talk show segment. However, the evening holds little promise of calm. In the midst of bedlam, a forgotten faith rekindles causing Jocelyn to rethink her life and her marriage.

You will laugh and you will cry from the first page to the last as you journey through the day’s events and Jocelyn’s search for Second Helpings.  

 

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11/25/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

FOREVER LATELY
11/22/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINORE BURKARD

GOD'S DO-OVERS
11/20/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA SHENTON MATCHETT

ADAPT OR DIE
11/18/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THE TICKET
11/15/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: DEBRA COLEMAN JETER

NEVER TIRED
11/13/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: MARTIN WILES

CREAMING
11/11/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MISSING PIECES
11/8/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINSEY BRACKETT

IS IT FAITH OR TRUST
11/6/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: DAVALYNN SPECER

When our Get Up and Go Gets Up and Goes
11/4/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

CONFLICT AVOIDANCE
11/1/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: SUSAN G. MATHIAS

PRACTICALLY MARRIED
10/30/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KARIN BEERY

LIFE IS THE ADVENTURE
10/28/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

CASSANDRA AND THE COWBOY
10/25/2019 2:12:00 PM  by: JANINE MICK WILLS

THE BANE OF INDECISION
10/23/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MY LIFE AS A BARCODE
10/21/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

UNWRAPPING HOPE
10/18/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: SANDRA ARDOIN

THE VALLEY OF LIFE: FROM PROMISE TO FULFILLMENT
10/16/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THE QUEST FOR THIN
10/14/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

FOOTPRINTS ON HER HEART
10/11/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: ANGELA BREIDENBACH

EACH NEW SUNRISE
10/9/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: MARTIN WILES

THE AMERICAN DREAM
10/7/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: ANGELA BREIDENBACH

"Indian Attack"
10/4/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Lynne Tagawa

REFLECTIONS ON MOTHERHOOD
10/2/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Marianne Wood

FROM GOLDEN YEARS TO GOLDEN BELLS
9/30/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Dreams Deferred
9/27/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JUNE FOSTER

THE CHORDS THAT BIND MY MEMORIES
9/23/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

A NEW YORK YANKEE ON STINKING CREEK
9/20/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: CAROL MCCLAIN

JUST BE STILL
9/16/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: MARTIN WILES

JOY AFTER NOON
9/13/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: DEBRA COLEMAN JETER

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PAY A LITTLE ATTENTION
9/11/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: TRINA BESSER MATOUS

Match Made in Heaven: A Novella
9/6/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JULIE ARDUINI

PENTAGON QUILTS:COMFORTERS
9/4/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: CLEO LAMPOS

PRINCE CHARMING, SPIDERS, AND CHEMO
9/2/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THE MASTER'S PLAN
8/30/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: STEPHANY TULLIS

IT IS NOT IN ME
8/28/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: ADAM BLUMER

GRAY IS GRAND
8/26/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LOREE PEERY

SONG OF SUGAR SANDS
8/23/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: DEBRA COLEMAN JETER

COCKROACHES AND LIGHT
8/21/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: MARTIN WILES

A GOOD QUESTION
8/19/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: GEORGE CARGILL

LOVE'S ALLEGIANCE
8/16/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA SHENTON MATCHETT

SEE? GOOD.
8/14/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JULIE COSGROVE

LOVING THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION
8/12/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: ERIN UNGER

WRITING THE PAST: THE DUST BOWL
8/9/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: CLEO LAMPOS

EXPERIENCING GOD'S LOVE IN A BROKEN WORLD
8/7/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: ROY AND DEB HAGGERTY

MAKING PRETTY THINGS
8/5/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KATHY MCKINSEY

THE STREET SINGER
8/2/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KATHLEEN NEELY

PLUG INTO GOD'S POWER
7/31/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KATHY COLLARD MILLER

ARE YOU TOO OLD TO BECOME AN AUTHOR
7/29/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: HARRY WEGLEY

JANUS JOURNALS
7/26/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: H. L. WEGLEY

ENJOY THE MEAL
7/22/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: MARTIN WILES

DRIVING ON FLAT TIRES
7/22/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: BARBARA BRITTON

WHERE I WAS PLANTED
7/19/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: HEATHER NORMAN SMITH

WAITING FOR THE TEST
7/17/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: MELISSA HENDERSON

IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME
7/15/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

TO THE RESCUE A SHORT STORY
7/12/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: PAT JEANNE DAVIS

THE LEAST OF THESE
7/10/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KATHLEEN NEELY

KEEPING IT FRESH
7/8/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: WANDA O. HOT

SUMMER PLANS AND OTHER DISASTERS
7/5/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KARIN BEERY

MY COMFORTER SAW IT COMING
7/3/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: MEREDITH KENDALL

OVERFLOWING WITH BLESSINGS
7/1/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: CLEO LAMPOS

AND THEN BLOOMS LOVE
6/28/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: SALLY JO PITTS

IN THE MONEY
6/26/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Leeann Betts

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE
6/24/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JO MASSARO

AMMO (An Original Shorty Story)
6/21/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JENNIFER HALLMARK

BLESSINGS IN AN IMPERFECT WORLD
6/19/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: GAIL PALLOTTA

GOLDEN GIRL
6/17/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: PAT JEANNE DAVIS

POWER UP
6/14/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JESSIE MATTIS

BOOKENDS
6/12/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KATHLEEN NEELY

WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
6/10/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: CLEO LAMPOS

THE PINK BONNET
6/7/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LIZ TOLSMA

UNDERGROUND
6/5/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JULIE COSGROVE

Food, Families, and Fond Memories
6/3/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

KATELYN'S CHOICE
5/31/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: SUSAN G. MATHIAS

THE POWER OF LOVE
5/29/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LISA SIMONDS

HOSEA'S HEART
5/24/2019 2:51:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

FOR THOSE OVER FIFTY-FIVE
5/20/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JUNE FOSTER

FAITH AND HOPE
5/17/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: AMY R. ANGUISH

A CONVENIENT COMPASSION
5/15/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: DONNA SCHLACHTER

NEXT GENERATION
5/13/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KATHLEEN NEELY

FALLEN LEAF
5/10/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JULIE COSGROVE

TONGUE-TAMING 101
5/8/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: SUSAN G. MATHIAS

Mimi and Bop
5/6/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Melissa Henderson

GRACE & LAVENDER
5/3/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: HEATHER NORMAN SMITH

WHAT'S YOUR MOTIVATION
5/1/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: HEATHER SMITH

NEVER TO OLD TO START OVER
4/29/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

JULIA
4/26/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: VICKIE MCDONOUGH

R and I
4/24/2019 1:00:00 PM  by: JULIE COSGROVE

AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE
4/22/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: BARRY NAPIER

KATELYN'S CHOICE
4/19/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: SUSAN G. MATHIAS

MY SINAI SAGA
4/17/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JARM DEL BOCCIO

THE WRITER'S CALLING
4/15/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: SHERRI STEWART

When Valleys Bloom Again
4/12/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Pat Jeanne Davis

You Asked for It
4/10/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: STEVE STROBBLE

PLAYING THROUGH THE FOG
4/8/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

One Door Between Us
4/5/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Tom Donnan

Counterfeit Detectors
4/3/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Leeann Betts

SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO TURN OFF THE GPS
4/1/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

BURIED MOUNTAIN SECRETS
3/29/2019 7:48:00 AM  by: TERRI REED

LANDING HARD
3/27/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: ERIN UNGER

DON’T CALL HER MA’AM
3/25/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

CAPTURE ME
3/22/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: SHERRY KYLE

LOVING ONE ANOTHER
3/20/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JERRI HARRINGTON

When Your Past Looms Longer than Your Future
3/18/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Debra Coleman Jeter

UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES
3/15/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: CYNTHIA ROEMER

TAKIN' IT TO THE LIMIT
3/13/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: TAMMY WHITEHURST

OUR MCDONALDS
3/11/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

A Tender Hope
3/8/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Amanda Cabot

DON'T HIT THE FAN
3/6/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Julie Cosgrove

BORN TOO LATE
3/4/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: DIANNE BARKER

PARHELION
3/1/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LISA LICKEL

NOT OF THIS WORLD
2/27/2019 8:07:00 AM  by: JUNE FOSTER

PERSPECTIVE
2/25/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LISA LICKEL

CAROLINA GRACE
2/22/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: REGINA MERRICK

THE POWER OF "WITH"/OVERCOMING ANXIETY
2/20/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: BARBARA BRITTON

IS IT THE BEGINNING OR THE END
2/18/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: KATHLEEN NEELY

A LOVE MOST WORTHY
2/16/2019 9:59:00 AM  by: SANDRA ARDOIN

HITTING YOUR SPIRITUAL GROOVE
2/13/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA HANNA AND DEBORAH DULWORTH

MY TO-DO LIST
2/11/2019 2:16:00 PM  by: SHERRI STEWART

YOU'RE AMAZING
2/8/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JULIE ARDUINI

STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN
2/6/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: JULIE COSGROVE

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING
2/3/2019 9:07:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

LOVE'S RESCUE
2/1/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA SHENTON MATCHETT

COURTING DANGER
1/25/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: NIKE CHILLEMI

A CHURCH PLANTER'S WIFE
1/23/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Meredith Kendall

MAMA, I CAN'T TAKE A BATH THERE'S A FISH IN THE TUB
1/21/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

JOHN ALDEN ... A SHORT STORY
1/18/2019 1:00:00 PM  by: LYNNE BASHAM TAGAWA

FIG LEAVES RIPPING?
1/16/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Kathy Collard Miller

EAT RIGHT NOW LIVE LONGER LATER
1/14/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Jude Urbanski

THE OTHER NEIGHBOR
1/11/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Gail Sattler

A BEFORE I
1/9/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Julie Cosgrove

AM I STRESSED?
1/7/2019 1:57:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

NO TURNING BACK
1/4/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: H. L. Wegley

EVERYDAY CHOICES
1/2/2019 1:00:00 AM  by: Gail Pallotta

SHOULD VS WANT
12/31/2018 3:58:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

ALLEY'S PERFECT ANGEL
12/28/2018 7:36:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

YOU ARE THE APPLE OF HIS EYE
12/26/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Kathy Collard Miller

I'LL BE ALONE FOR CHRISTMAS ... YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
12/24/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Julie Cosgrove

A SILVER MEDALLION
12/21/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: James Callan

WHY WE SING JOY TO THE WORLD!
12/19/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Ada Brownell

THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE
12/17/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA SHENTON MATCHETT

THE AMISH MIDWIFE'S SECRET
12/14/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Rachel Good

Coming Home For Christmas
12/12/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: MICHELLE DE BRUIN

LIVING WITHOUT REGRET
12/10/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Grant Ferguson

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ENEMY
12/7/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Mary Vee

WHY DO WE NEVER LEARN
12/5/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

GROWING UP CAN BE FUN SO IS GETTING OLDER
12/3/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: ELLIE GUSTAFSON

RETURN TO WALHALLA
11/30/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: LAURA HODGES POOLE

SAVED BY THE LAMB
11/28/2018 1:01:00 AM  by: Julie Cosgrove

SOARING WITH BROKEN WINGS
11/19/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
11/16/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: PeggySue Wells and Marsha Wright

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
11/14/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: Sandy Kirby Quandt

HAIR CALAMITIES AND HOT CASH
11/9/2018 10:55:00 AM  by: GAIL PALLOTTA

NEVER TOO LATE
11/5/2018 8:33:00 PM  by: DIANE TATUM

MEET ME IN GALVESTON
10/26/2018 1:00:00 AM  by: ANDREA BOESHAAR

The Not So Good Good Old Days
10/22/2018 1:05:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

HARVEST OF BLESSINGS
10/19/2018 1:05:00 AM  by: JUNE FOSTER

MEET JENNIFER SLATTERY
10/5/2018 1:05:00 AM  by: Jennifer Slattery

HONESTLY SPEAKING
10/3/2018 3:22:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Perceptual Blindness
10/1/2018 3:56:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE PUTTING GREEN WHISPERER
9/14/2018 1:10:00 AM  by: ZOE MCCARTHY

The God of the Mundane
8/30/2018 9:29:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

WHEN I WAS THREE
7/16/2018 11:52:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

He Passes By
6/15/2018 8:50:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Bryan's Homecoming
6/8/2018 1:11:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

EMERGENCE
6/1/2018 1:31:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE PURSUIT OF PEACE
5/30/2018 2:39:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Live Long and Prosper
5/24/2018 12:13:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE REAL DEAL
5/16/2018 7:40:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Antiquainted Man
5/11/2018 1:06:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

SOMETHING NEW
5/4/2018 11:23:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED TAKE A BUBBLE BATH THEN TRY AGAIN
2/26/2018 8:29:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS
12/24/2017 1:00:00 AM  by: John Brewer

FOOTPRINTS
12/20/2017 12:40:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

FUNNY WITH A POIGNANT MESSAGE
12/8/2017 2:28:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MUTUAL SUBMISSIVENESS
11/29/2017 9:25:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

CASTING STONES
11/17/2017 3:59:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

HEADLINE HYSTERIA
10/31/2017 6:41:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

COUNTRY ROADS
10/12/2017 1:00:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

STUPIDITY IS NO EXCUSE
10/7/2017 8:25:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Beauty Queen and Humorist Shares Her Latest Book
6/13/2017 12:27:00 PM  by: JANE JENKINS HERLONG

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH/WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/CHAPTER 2A
6/7/2017 3:44:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/CREATED TO BE SALT PART B
5/30/2017 7:25:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

WHO PUT THE VINEGAR IN THE SALT/ CREATED TO BE SALT/PART A
5/20/2017 1:22:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

CELEBRATE YOUR FEMINITY
4/13/2017 1:08:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE FIFTY-FIFTY CONUNDRUM
4/6/2017 1:53:00 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE ROCK OF OUR FUTURE
3/31/2017 7:28:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

FRIENDSHIP IS STICKY BUSINESS
3/14/2017 8:30:00 PM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

PASS THE LOVE, PLEASE
1/17/2017 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

STRANDED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
1/10/2017 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

BATTLE WITH A BUMBLEBEE
1/3/2017 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

BATTLE FATIGUES
12/27/2016 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
12/24/2016 11:22:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

LOVE IN A SUITCASE
12/20/2016 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

FRIENDSHIP IS STICKY BUSINESS
12/14/2016 8:42:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
12/13/2016 1:00:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

KERI'S CHRISTMAS WISH
12/5/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Raising a Child With Autism
11/30/2016 8:33:00 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

SHOULD OR WANT
11/22/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

CONFESSIONS OF A GARDENS SLUGGARD
11/16/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

GRANDMA PRAYED WHILE IRONING
11/8/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

The Day Super Mom Died
11/1/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

FOLLOW WHICH LEADER?
10/25/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

ROYAL LEGACY
10/18/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MY SHEEP KNOW MY VOICE
10/11/2016 12:05:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
9/28/2016 12:30:00 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THE POWER OF ONE
9/20/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

A LIFELONG PURSUIT
9/13/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

A TEENAGED ROBIN HOOD
9/5/2016 7:36:16 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

NUGGETS OF GRACE
8/31/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

THE CHOICE TO FAIL
8/24/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TROUBLE
8/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

JUST LIKE MY DADDY
8/9/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

PATIENT PRAYING
7/26/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MEET DARLENE FRANKLIN/SCAVENGER HUNT/LAST STOP
7/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

PATIENT WISDOM
7/12/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

OF PETS AND PERSISTENCE
7/5/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

God's Server Never Shuts Down
6/10/2016 6:56:27 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Blessed to be a Blessing
5/18/2016 7:57:49 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Mama, I Can't take a Bath 'Cause There's a Fish in the Tub
5/4/2016 9:18:13 PM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

SOUR GRAPES OR BLESSED FRUIT
4/28/2016 7:28:32 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

IT'S WHAT THEY DO
4/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

MEET JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
2/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

FROM LIGHT TO BRIGHT
1/15/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

SURRENDERING TO THE CALL
1/8/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

MY QUEST
1/4/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

MY INTIMATE JOURNEY WITH MY HEROINE BY NIKE N. CHI
12/22/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
12/8/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

When Art Imitates Life: An Author's Book Journey
12/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Settled By Faith
11/27/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING
11/24/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

From Little Golden Books to Summer's List
11/20/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Roundeau

THE EDUCABLE MOMENT
11/17/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

There's love in them there casseroles
11/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Searching for God With All My Heart
10/30/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

I RUN TO YOU
10/27/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Sweetening Our Sour Grapes
10/23/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE FALL THAT LIFTS
10/20/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

A Walk With God
10/9/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Disappointment and Discouragement
10/6/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

STIRRING TRUTH
10/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

PENNED BY GOD'S OWN HAND
9/25/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

The Masterpiece
9/22/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

RESTORED HEARTS and a Writer's Journey
9/18/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: Meditations on the Road
9/11/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

DIALOGUING OUR FEARS
9/8/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

WHY A BOOK OF PRAYERS?
9/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

From Lettuce to Pages
8/27/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

AND NOT TO YIELD
8/24/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

BONNIE LEON WRITES TO ENCOURAGE THE DISABLED
8/21/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

FAITH WORTH THE FIGHT
8/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

CANT HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER
8/10/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE WINDING TRAIL
7/31/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

The Flavorful Church
7/28/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Commitment Phobia
7/24/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

God knows our hearts
7/21/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

God Had Other Plans
7/17/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

BE ANGRY AND SIN NOT
7/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

God's Writer: Jan Elder
7/10/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

THE CURE FOR THE WEARY SOUL
7/7/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Surely Goodness and Mercy Gail Kittleson
7/3/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

OF THEE I SING
6/30/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

A HUNGER FOR GOD
6/26/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

What Do We Ask God For?
6/24/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

BUCK STORM SINGER/SONGWRITER/STORYTELLER
6/19/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

STRESS: THAT OTHER HOMEWRECKER
6/16/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

A Dream Come True of Being A Writer
6/12/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

COURAGE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF FEAR
6/9/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Meet Shannon Vannetter Christian Author
6/5/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING
6/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

EMPTY NETS
5/26/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Bucketwish
5/23/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Loyalty that Springs from Spirituality
5/20/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Wonderfully Made
3/8/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Lighthouse of the Carolina's Author Carol Heilman
2/7/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau

HAPPY NEW YEAR
1/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Linda Wood Rondeau