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No pain, no gain

Last month I attended a women's health conference at the local university. I attended because as a part of my job, I coach women about healthy eating and making good food choices. I also attended because good health is something I often take for granted.
While I was there, I talked to a woman at a booth where they were recruiting volunteers for a number of medical studies for the prevention of breast cancer. The lady seemed quite interested in me. You see, I do not have any breast cancer in my family for at least three generations. None. In fact, the only cancer at all in my family has been of the skin variety--all small, all treatable.
I made it through several screenings and ended up going in last week for blood tests. Then on Thursday I went in for two painful procedures. They mentioned "moderate discomfort," but to be honest? If I'd known it would hurt so much and for so long afterward, I don't know if I'd have continued. (I'm a pain wimp.) I still have…

Faith and Fangs Blog Tour

Faith and FangsWelcome to the blog tour for two books that are absolutely apropos for this time of year, particularly with the release of "New Moon" today. Thirsty was an engrossing, thought-provoking read. Tracey Bateman really branches out with this one, away from her usual chick-lit and mom-lit and prairie-romance-lit, and she does a superb job. I follow her online, and it is interesting to me that she wrote a lot of this book in the late night hours. I think I ended up reading a lot of this during the late night hours, and it spoke to me during that time. The book prompted me to think about addiction, and whether or not a person is born to her addiction, or if the tendency is impossible to ignore. Nina's journey is so understandable, even if you've never touched a drop of alcohol.The book about the Twilight series is a good resource for parents and those who like the books. It gave me much food for thought.From Multnomah:

What do you need to know about vampires? Y…

I've gotta go back, back, back to school again!

It's true. I'm headed back to school next semester, this time as a student! I'll be taking Creative Writing at the local community college.
This accomplishes two tasks: One, I will have an additional three credit hours which will allow me to reclaim my Missouri teaching certificate. Two, I will be able to teach this class myself someday, having taken it.
This also fulfills a dream long asleep. I have always wanted to take creative writing! But as an undergrad, I wasn't able to fit it into my schedule because of all the education classes. And as a grad student, there wasn't time or energy.
So there you have it!
(PS: Did you catch the movie reference in the title? Cheesiest movie ever, but a good opening song!) (edited to add, since I only had one commentor, it's the opening song to Grease 2!)

What is it about Thursdays?

Thursdays find me more introspective, I guess. I am woefully behind on all things book review-ish, and even more behind on National Novel Writing Month.
I have reason to feel scattered, which I'm not ready to release to the blogosphere just yet; let's just say I have several good reasons!
I imagine in my mind that my 2010, my year of being forty, will be an adventurous, more tightly focused, less cluttered year.
But then again, what do I know?

Good Books, Good Coffee: A Blog Tour

Good Books and Good Coffee A Blog Tour Designed with Coffee Lovers in Mind
(and you KNOW that is me!)
About the Books:
(Dallas, Texas) - The coffee industry is one of the leading industries in America. Specialty coffee houses provide cozy intimate spaces to read, study and visit. That's exactly what Sandra Glahn had in mind when she wrote her Coffee Cup Series Bible studies.

There's nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee--and there's no better book than the Bible. Sandra Glahn continues her series of Coffee Cup Bible Studies, presenting Kona with Jonah and Frappe with Philippians. Using creative teaching resources, including the Internet, art, online study groups and more, Glahn provides a special blend of bold and flavorful experiences that will bring participants back for a second cup of God's Word.

Kona with Jonah begins with a brief history of Jonah and Ninevah. Merging historical event with current modern day practicality, Glahn invites reade…

Your Intercultural Marriage Blog Tour

(Dallas, TX)─The number of intercultural relationships and marriages between people from different countries, faiths, races, and ethnicities has skyrocketed over the past several decades. But these couples face unique challenges and relational complications due to varying worldviews, values, attitudes, customs, language barriers, and more. These cultural differences can wreak havoc on a relationship unless couples learn how to work through them in a healthy way.

Some of the problems these couples face include communication challenges, religious and political conflicts, value differences, varying gender expectations, different views on child rearing, economic adjustments and legal complications.

After falling in love and deciding to marry a man from Romania, Marla Alupoaicei (pronounced ah-loo-PWI-chay) searched for effective resources on the topic of intercultural relationships and marriage, but couldn't find any. After performing extensive research and interviewing hundreds of mult…

Fun Fall Fiction Leaving Carolina by Tamera Leigh

Welcome to the Fun Fall Fiction blog tour. Today I'll be talking about Tamara Leigh's latest, the first book in a new series, Leaving Carolina.
Summary:

Piper Wick left her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina, twelve years ago, shook the dust off her feet, ditched her drawl and her family name, and made a new life for herself as a high-powered public relations consultant in LA. She’s even “engaged to be engaged” to the picture-perfect U.S. Congressman Grant Spangler.

Now all of Piper’s hard-won happiness is threatened by a reclusive uncle’s bout of conscience. In the wake of a health scare, Uncle Obadiah Pickwick has decided to change his will, leaving money to make amends for four generations’ worth of family misdeeds. But that will reveal all the Pickwicks’ secrets, including Piper’s.

Though Piper arrives in Pickwick primed for battle, she is unprepared for Uncle Obe’s rugged, blue-eyed gardener. So just who is Axel Smith? Why does he think making amends is more than just makin…

CFBA Presents A Slow Burn

I reviewed this book last month, and you can read that review here. Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you're blessed.
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Slow Burn
Zondervan (October 1, 2009)
by
Mary DeMuth


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mary E. DeMuth is an expert in Pioneer Parenting. She enables Christian parents to navigate our changing culture when their families left no good faith examples to follow.

Her parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2007), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005).

Mary also inspires people to face their trials through her real-to-life novels, Watching The Tree Limbs
(nominated for a Christy Award) and Wishing On Dandelions (NavPress, 2006).

Mary has spoken at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, the ACFW Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and at various churches and church planting mini…