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"CIRCLE OF SISTERS", compiled by JoLyn Brown, is a collection of short stories about Relief Society and Visiting Teaching that was published by Walnut Springs. Four of the book's 50 stories were written by me! Available NOW for purchase at Deseret Book and on Amazon. I am one of the featured authors on JoLyn's blog. Click HERE to see. Click HERE to read a review by Sandra Nazar at the Deseret News.

Enjoy Today ... Before It Slips Away) WON in the SHORT STORY CATEGORY for
Turning the Pages 2012 Book Of The Year Award! (STILL so cool!) Thanks to all of you who voted for me!! * To Read Reviews about this book, click on the MY BOOKS tab above. Makes a great gift!


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


You only fail when you stop trying.

How often do we hear, "You can't do that," or "That won't work," or "It's not possible,"? When we hear these negative phrases, our only response should be, "Why not?"

Life is never as black or white as it seems. There are always shades of gray. Sometimes, we need to throw a little color into the scenario. When situations seem impossible, find a way to make them possible. Succeeding often involves doing something different or going against the grain. But, we won't know what's possible if we don't try.

Don't let anyone or anything hold you back from making your dreams come true, including yourself. If you have the will, you can find a way. And you might fail. You might fall. You might feel defeated. When those moments of despair hit, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and try again. Thomas Edison once said, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. I just found 999 ways how NOT to make a lightbulb."

If you put forth the effort and look for those windows of opportunity, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish. The secret is to never give up. The minute you give up, you've failed.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Enjoy Today...Before It Slips Away

It's official! My short, inspirational (Mother's Day) gift book is now available through,, SayThisWriteBookStore and "Enjoy Today...Before It Slips Away" will make a great gift, not only for mothers, but for girls of every age. Although the publication date will read, "April 16, 2012," this book was officially available to the public on Sun., Apr. 15, which was my late mother's birthday. So, it made this book launch that much sweeter!  I invite you to check out this endearing book for yourself, or share with someone you love.