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My front porch post – © Tracy Campbell


Let me finish.

This is my last blog post because…I’m moving!


To a self-hosted, WordPress blog. Actually, I’ve moved and you just didn’t know it.


Features were missing on that I wanted.

Like What?


  • I wanted a unique blog

Imagine a world where all blogs were the same. Boring! So that’s why my patient, tech savvy designer, Karen Behne implemented my quirky ideas to create a blog and a website that reflects my wacky style. (Don’t peek yet!)

Unfortunately, I can’t take you with me and that means I run the risk of losing many of you.

Now What?

You’ll have to sign up again. Perhaps, after you visit my new blog and website you will,—sign up that is! I can only hope. 🙂

If I’ve piqued your curiosity, you’ll just have to pop on over and check out my new blog. And on my website, you’ll find a project I’ve finally completed, and I have another project in the works–details to be revealed at a later date.

Now that I’ve spread my wings and I’m soaring, I leave you with my butchered rendition of So Long, Farewell from the Sound of Music.

So Long, Farewell

There’s a sad sort of clanging

From the tractor in our barn,

And a gray field mouse squeaks, too.

Peering out the window

From my cozy studio,

A furry Crested yaps

along with me to say,

So long, farewell,

Auf Widersehen,


So long, farewell,

Adios, Adieu, Au revoir,

To you and you, and you!

I leave and sigh.

Oh no, I’m glad to go,

I must not tell a lie.

So long, farewell,

Auf Widersehen,


Don’t forget to visit me at my new and improved blogging homeclick here

Thank you! 🙂

Please leave your comments on my new blog.

P.S. Happy Birthday, Terrol!

So Long, Farewell – This Is My Last Blog Post!


Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind. The title alone captured my attention. Brenda J. Wood’s book revealed her two secrets—bulimia and abuse. She recounted how abuse led her to believe bulimia was the answer. But the addiction almost devastated her life when she fell for the lie. In the end, she triumphed because God reached down and pulled her out of that dark pit.
The heart-wrenching moments in Brenda J. Wood’s book will have you shedding buckets of tears. Her journal entries were vivid and raw. Reading those sections was like peering through a “pain” of glass. And throughout the book, she sprinkled her story with humor, a gift she obviously possesses.
Her book is a fast read. Even if you have never dealt with bulimia or abuse it will strike a chord. If want need or want help. There is hope. Brenda J. Wood’s book offers light at the end of the tunnel with concrete answers to help you carry out the changes to overcome any addiction that has a stronghold on your life, with God’s help of course.
I give Brenda J. Wood’s book, Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind, a five out of five.

Support your local Canadian Author and buy the book. You won’t be disappointed.

The printed book is now available for sale to the general public through many websites, including Amazon

Bookstores, schools, churches and ministries may purchase copies directly through your distributor, Word Alive Inc., by calling customer services at 1-800-665-1468 or through their website.

Ebooks are going up in the next little while.
Brenda Wood, author & speaker
Heartfelt Devotionals, 366 devotions for common sense living available through Smashwords
Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind
The Big Red Chair-storybook for grieving children – Heartfelt Devotionals
Brenda’s devotionals appear regularly at: and

Book Review – Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind


I participated in an online writers’ quiz that I found on Randy Ingermanson’s site, click here. Randy is an award-winning author of six novels and one, non-fiction book.

I was relieved to learn that there was no right or wrong answer. The purpose of the writers’ quiz was a benchmark to determine where I stood as a writer.

Randy breaks down the writers’ journey into four stages.
1. Freshman
2. Sophomore
3. Junior
4. Senior
He said each stage should take about a year. And then hopefully I’ll be on my way to publication.

There were five questions. Each question was out of 10. Here are my results.

How long have I been serious about my writing?
Between two and three years – 5 points.

How did my critique partners rate my level of writing?
They say my writing is good. Some days I don’t agree – 6 points

How long was the longest writing conference you’ve ever attended?
I’ve been to a three-day conference – 7 points

How many editors and agents have you talked with in person?
I’ve talked to an editor about my YA novel and she asked me to submit it when it’s done – 7 points

How many proposals have you submitted to publishers or agents?
I’ve submitted a proposal to one agent – 5 points

I received 30 points out of a possible 50. Yeah! That means I’m a Junior and I’m on track.

These points are just an estimate of where I’m headed on my journey to publication. As Randy says, “The important this is to get published, not to score points on a quiz!”

Take the quiz and let me know where you are on this exciting journey.

Take a Writers’ Quiz


“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manager, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 (ESV)

On December 17th, 1990, one week before Christmas Eve, I gave birth to my firstborn daughter. I’m not comparing my experience with Jesus’ birth, but I’m certain Mary felt the same pains of childbirth.

As a first time mom, I had decided, “no epidural for me.” A natural delivery all the way. I bore down and grit my teeth. And I’m sure my screams filling the sterile hospital room shook the walls. The five hours of excruciating pain was worth every second when out popped a 6 lb. 7 oz. baby girl with ten fingers and ten toes, and a full head of downy black hair. I stared down at my papoose, swaddled in her flannel blanket, and joy flooded my soul.

The hustle and bustle began. Family and friends arrived bearing gifts. No, not gold, frankincense, and myrrh (mer). But among the pile of gifts, was one I cherished. After the guests left, I read the book by Robert Munsch, “Love You Forever.” With tears streaming down my cheeks, I rocked my daughter back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And I sang her this special song.

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

Katelyn, you were the best Christmas present I ever received. Okay, delivered.

Happy 21st Birthday
I love you more than you’ll ever know.
Love, Hugs and Kisses
I recommend you read the rest of the book by Robert Munsch. It’s a classic. See:



“When I learn something new –

and it happens every day –

I feel a little more at home in this universe,

a little more comfortable in the nest.”

Bill Moyers

Belinda Burston, the fearless hostess of our Writers Nest that meets the second Tuesday of every month, has taken time away from her busy writing schedule to set up a blog for us–News of the Nest.

In Belinda’s words, “I just thought it might be an easy way of putting up information that is helpful and a way to stay connected.”

She’s offered to publish our writing related articles and/or any information we care to share.
Thank you, Belinda. And you’re right, what a great way to have access to previous information without having to search through emails.
Please check us out and post your comments.

News of the Nest