New Title for My New Book



Last month I learned a lot from talking with folks from the two focus group studies that I had. A focus group study simply means the folks read my book and we came together to talk about what I had written. As a result, I did some soul-searching after comments  were made. And therefore the name of my new book has been changed.

The new title is:  Take a Seat On This Park Bench: A Collection of Essays on Courage, Wisdom, Gratitude + More With Devotional Pages to Encourage and Help You Grow Closer to God. 

I know the subtitle is long but it really tells you about the book. And that’s what it’s suppose to do!

I’m hoping the new book will be out in early spring.

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!




December 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm 1 comment

Blue Skies and a Park Bench



The words blue skies and a park bench sound wonderful — maybe even relaxing. That’s the title of my new book.  I don’t know if you’ll be able to relax  on those park benches but you certainly will be able to reflect on how things are going in your life. That’s the purpose of the book besides bringing information to you.

Book Update:

Next week I’m conducting two focus group studies. We’ll discuss the book as it is thus far and recommend any changes. We’ll probably discuss the title and subtitle as well. Today I Googled the title and found it wasn’t taken so that’s a relief.  And since the book is a collection of essays, I do have a few more to write! After that it’s onward to discuss the book’s cover, editor, and publisher.  I’ll keep you all in the loop.

Hope your are enjoying blue skies where you are today. We have our first snow fall coming later on. Oh Joy!

Make it  a great day!

God Bless You!


November 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Jesus Calling: A Powerful Thought for Today


While the new devotional book that I’m writing now is different from author Sarah Young’s devotional Jesus Calling : Enjoying Peace in His Presence, read the entry below and think about your present concerns. And as you do, I hope you’ll be lifted up into high places with Him.

Make it a great day!

God bless you!



WHEN YOU ARE PLAGUED by a persistent problem—one that goes on and on—view it as a rich opportunity. An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited  only to your willingness to be teachable. In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask me to open your eyes and your heart to all that I am accomplishing through this difficulty. Once you have become grateful for a problem, it loses its power to drag you down. On the contrary, your thankful attitude will lift you up into heavenly places with Me. From this perspective, your difficulty can be seen as a slight, temporary distress that is producing for you a transcendent Glory never to crease! – Isaiah 30:20-21, 2 Corinthians 4:17 (AMP)

 – Sarah Young, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, December 18 entry.


September 23, 2017 at 11:43 am 1 comment

Nanci Gives Insight into Her Writing

fall leaves for blog

I’ve always loved words. I think it’s because I’ve always recognized their ability to bring about change, give hope, and inspire. My strength and versatility as a writer comes from a combination of elements. These elements include: my creativity, life experiences, variety of job opportunities held in management and otherwise, my interests, and my God-given talent. Having a sensitive yet outgoing personality has also helped my writing to be fresh, funny, tender, and informative when it needed to be. I’m a creative person by nature and I’ve also been blessed with training for my creative abilities in both music and design.

What has helped me to enjoy my craft and be a really good writer? Studying hard and earning my degree in Promotional Communications gave me a great foundation in writing.  My education helped me to be detail-oriented, ask questions, and make sure my facts were accurate. However, this is the most important thing I’ve learned: The secret to being a great writer is to be as concise as possible. Make each word really count. That’s what I strive to do.

Writing my first book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”  and this blog, have been my greatest accomplishments to date. Currently I’m working on my second manuscript, a devotional book entitled “Blue Skies and a Park Bench.” I’ll be sharing more about this new book in future posts.

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful day!

God Bless You!


September 13, 2017 at 10:55 am 4 comments

Hi Friends!

It’s certainly been a while since I’ve written anything new on my blog. But I do have some news for you. I’m writing a new book! I hope to have it published around Thanksgiving if there aren’t any unforeseen issues.

Have a great evening and keep praying for Houston and now for Florida residents as well.

God Bless You!



September 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Looking for the Light: Good Health


Last night I heard a very healthy message at my favorite grocery store, Heinen’s. Jordan Rubin spoke and promoted his new line of products, Get Real Nutrition.

Jordan Rubin is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and certified nutrition consultant. At 41 years of age Rubin is regarded by many as the most respected and beloved natural health expert in America. His personal account of his battle and triumph over Crohn’s disease has resonated with millions around the world and is one of the most dramatic natural health stories ever told. He’s a successful entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, international motivational speaker and television personality (TCT). And …. I might add, he’s also an organic farmer with lots of rolling acres in southern Missouri and papa to six kids of which five are adopted. As a follower of Christ his message of health and wellness is one of HOPE.

Jordan will be at Heinen’s downtown Cleveland location today; 900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115. Call for a reservation as seating is limited ~ (216) 302-3020.


Make it a great day today!

God Bless You!



March 30, 2016 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

LOOKING for the Light: 10 Qualities to Look for in a Friend

Life is so much better with a FRIEND!

Life is so much better with a FRIEND!


I was blessed by hearing this great discussion on Moody Radio on Wednesday afternoon July 22. A pastor was discussing friendship. He spoke about having a deep, meaningful friendship, Special “F” friends is what he called them.

The pastor laid out 10 qualities to look for in a friend – expressed in question form. Here they are!


1. Who do you turn to for WISDOM – someone that you respect and who knows what the Bible says?

2. Who COMES ALONG SIDE YOU and DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ASKED WHEN YOU NEED HELP because they know you instinctively?

3. Who CORRECTS you when you need it?

4. Who PUSHES you to THINK and GROW?

5. Who LISTENS to your HOPES and DREAMS?

6. Who is QUICK TO FORGIVE if you’ve behaved poorly (and we all do)?

7. Who is able to LAUGH and HAVE FUN with you?


9. Who remains your FRIEND despite DIFFERENCES OF OPINION?


~I hope you found this as helpful as I did ~

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


July 28, 2015 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

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