Lost Maple Syrup

As writers we understand deadlines. No matter what we do in life, there will always be deadlines. This article is a good reminder of Who we depend on when deadlines and life gets crazy.

 

Recently I’ve been in the throes of deadline life. And it’s been…interesting.

I’ve had deadlines before. As a former reporter, they’re really not anything new to me. But I’ve never faced one quite this tight. Or this, um, challenging to my daily living and common sense abilities.
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Examples of things I’ve done in the past few weeks while suffering from deadline brain:

Click here to read more.

Nancy and Kelly

Teen Pregnancy: One Family’s Story

Teen pregnancy is frequently an unplanned event. This post is an encouraging one for families.

“She’s pregnant, Carole,” My grammie said to my mother as I prayed this wasn’t really happening. I can still remember the look of devastation written all over my mother’s face when I told her the news. I was 13 weeks pregnant, and I still had my senior year of high school to finish. As I sat on the couch, praying the floor would open up and swallow me, my mama walked out of the room whispering, “I thought I raised you better than this.”

My mother was filled with dread and worry as she tried to process the news and grieve the dreams she had for me. At the same time, I was trying to adjust to the idea of high school and motherhood. Being a teenager and not emotionally mature, I was scared that the father of my baby wouldn’t be there … and what about college? What about the rest of my life? Click here to read the rest of the article.

Kelly and Nancy

Other-Worldly Settings

The article we are featuring today exhibits some amazing photographs. As sci-fi writers, it helps to look at pictures that might inspire an other-worldly setting.

The photos are stunning.

Ryan Dyar has been chased by bears, nearly stranded in a sandstorm in Death Valley, and has been lost in the wilderness for hours in the middle of the night. But based on the end result, we’re not complaining. From Glacier National Park in Montana to Mount Hood in Oregon to lava flows in Hawaii, the Seattle-based landscape photographer and outdoor enthusiast endures the elements to capture picturesque images of nature — snow-capped peaks, mountain meadows, and lush forest waterfalls.

” he says. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Church Youth Groups

How do church leaders deal with teen pregnancy and youth groups? This article provides a few guidelines for youth leaders.

It’s a tough one this week, the question of the week. Last week I got into contact with a British youth worker who was wondering how to approach the situation of a teen in her youth group being pregnant. I figured it was a good topic to write a bit about, since unfortunately it’s something we can all encounter. What do you need do when a teen in our youth group is pregnant?

There are a few practical things to consider and then there’s the more emotional and pastoral stuff. Let’s start with a few practical guidelines you’ll need to remember when dealing with a teenage pregnancy in your youth group: Click here to find out more.

Nancy and Kelly

Steampunk

Steampunk is a new thing. To help dispel the meaning of the word, this article provides a good definition.

My introduction to the term steampunk came when I read what I thought was a mystery with a historical setting and came to the part where Queen Victoria was hooked up to a steam-powered life-support machine. You’d better believe that I flipped frantically to the back cover to find a clue to what I was actually reading. There I discovered the word steampunk.

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction. The setting is often 19th century England or the American Wild West; there the characters encounter amazing steam-powered machinery. Click here to learn more.

Kelly and Leeann

Teen Pregnancy Statistics

State teen pregnancy rates provide information for people who work in education, churches, and for families. It is important to be informed.

State teen pregnancy rates have been released indicating that New Mexico has the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the United States. However, the statistics showed that teen pregnancy and teen abortion rates have declined across the nation, and the rate of teen abortions hit their lowest levels since the legalization of abortion in 1973. Click here to learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Writers and Readers

Likely you’ve heard the old expression, “Women are from Mars, men are from Venus.” It’s so true, isn’t it? While we may have common goals, our methods of getting there are quite different. Add the various personalities/temperaments to the mix and you will see the potential for both hilarity and adventure.
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As writers, we must remember that we’re from Mars. Well, maybe not really from Mars, but we’re unusual people. We think differently. Story ideas pop into our heads at the drop of a hat. Our characters talk to us. We’re always plotting.

Readers aren’t like us. They’re from Venus. Click here to learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Be More Productive

There never seems to be enough time to get it all done. We are wives, mothers, and writers. Then there is the laundry, cooking, pets, and everything else in our daily schedules. We recently ran across this article on time management and wanted to share it with you.

 

The Eisenhower Box: How to be More Productive

Eisenhower’s strategy for taking action and organizing your tasks is simple. Using the decision matrix below, you will separate your actions based on four possibilities.

  1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).

  2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).

  3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).

  4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate). Read more.

Kelly and Nancy

Foster Care And Adoption

This article discusses the amount of children in foster care and some statistics on adoption. We wanted to pass that onto our readers.

The percentage of kids adopted from foster care is swinging upward, a new report suggests.

Last year, 13.1% of children in foster care were adopted, an increase from 12.6% in 2011, according to statistics released today by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. The report highlights data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System. Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.

Nancy and Kelly