“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 NKJV

Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

I started this blog after Superstorm Sandy flooded our city of Long Beach, New York, ruined our home, and disrupted life. Every day while riding my bike to work at a nearby nursing home, I hummed Mandisa’s song “Good Morning.” Hummed because no one wants to hear me sing. Trust me. The lyrics reminded me each new morning was a gift from God. He was there to get us through the challenges. I wanted to share stories that touch the heart and share His love.

Now, here I am, editing my second novel, working on a picture book, and updating my bio amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The crazier life gets, the more I delve into writing projects. Escaping reality? Maybe.

Years ago, I graduated from FIT in Manhattan, freelanced for Bridal Guide Magazine, got married, and had four sons and a daughter. I was a homeschool mom for about twelve years. During that time, I studied writing to become a better teacher and set an example for my kids. I’m not going to say I dreamed of becoming a writer since kindergarten. I pursued a career in art and accidentally fell in love with writing, pouring my soul with words instead of paint.

Some of my short stories and poems have been published in Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and three anthologies. In the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Competition, my poem “From the Mannequin Factory” won first place, and in previous years of the same contest, two short stories received honorable mention awards. My novel Randi’s Steps was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award. (Check out the reviews on Amazon Hint. Hint.)

Like most people in the world right now, I’m feeling trapped sometimes, bored sometimes, anxious a lot of the time, and frustrated with the current situation. Every day I need to remind myself to be thankful for the many blessings in my life. Forget gentle reminders. I need body builder muscles to wring out the negative thoughts and breathe in the joy that God offers. When I pray and read God’s word, and often reread the same verses until I can wipe away distracting thoughts and focus, my view clears.  I’m so thankful God is patient with me. Every day, he reminds me it’s a new morning.

I hope you enjoy visiting my blog. Please share your thoughts with me. I would love to hear from you.

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