Holidays in Books

Our neighbors to the north recently celebrated Canada Day. Here in the US we have the 4th of July next Monday. It used to be one of my favorite holidays as a kid. My dad always set off fireworks, and we ate fried chicken and potato salad. Um um good. I’ve had THE THEATRE on…

Celebrations of the 4th & Canada Day

Our neighbors to the north recently celebrated Canada Day. Here in the US we have the 4th of July next Monday. It used to be one of my favorite holidays as a kid. My dad always set off fireworks, and we ate fried chicken and potato salad. Um um good. I’ve had THE THEATRE on…

Mandala Messages for Sad Times

On my own blog yesterday, I posted the hard stuff. Here’s the link if you want to check it out. And Once Again | Marsha R. West, Author (wordpress.com) Today on our WORD BY WORD Blog, I want to share uplifting thoughts. These are all Mandela Messages by Donna Bearden. Here’s the link to her…

Spring Will Come

I picked this title for this post because I have a writer friend who lives in Wisconsin, and she just told me where she is it’s snowing with several more days of snowfall forecast. That hardly computes for me because here in Texas we’ve already hit 90 a couple of days. (This raises real concerns…

Welcome Guest Helena Fairfax

Good Friday morning, y’all. I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m sharing a friend’s blog post on our WORD BY WORD Blog. Helena Fairfax and I met quite a few years ago when we both had the same publisher. Even though we’ve both gone in different directions, we’ve remained good friends. Helena lives in…

Finding Optimism

For the most part, I’m a positive person. I can find the half-full glass, even if it takes a bit of effort on my part. But I confess, the invasion of the sovereign country of Ukraine by Putin has been a big mountain to climb. I’m not going to pretend I’ve found good in this…

Happy Birthday

So yes, it is my BD today, but we’re so early in the year, I decided this could be a Happy Birthday post to all of us reading this. Are birthday’s important to your family? Or are they something you just skip over in horror at the number of years you’ve accumulated? My family has…

I Love You

I Love You It’s not Valentine’s yet, but I settled on this title because I got the news the husband of a dear friend passed away yesterday afternoon. He was a very good man and was a positive influence on many people. He’d not been in the best of health, but still, no one expects…

Happy New Year!

Well, almost, depending on when you read this. On behalf of the authors of the WORD BY WORD Blog, I want to thank you for being with us this year. We hope we’ve brought you an encouraging word when all around us sometimes appear to be in chaos. We appreciate hearing from you and appreciate…