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Loaded Steak Nachos

Life is busy. I mean not just kind of busy but really busy. At times I find that even though I LOVE TO COOK and I THINK ABOUT COOKING all day-I don’t have the TIME TO COOK. If I find myself not having enough time surely my readers don’t have enough time in the day which leads me to my loaded skirt steak nachos. I know nachos aren’t the first thing that comes to your mind when you think dinner but they should be and […]

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One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Oh!

Every serious writer or blogger you know is monitoring some combination of Instagram hearts, Facebook likes, Twitter Retweets, Newsletter subscribers, and or Website hits, and that list is by no means exhaustive. New social media sites seem to crop up daily. I couldn’t keep up with them if I wanted to, and I don’t. Honestly, I enjoy interacting on social media because I’m a party animal people person. I like people, all shapes, sizes, and colors, from all walks of life. I find them fascinating. […]

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Dead Things Fall

Saturday I sat out on our deck just being, listening to the wind, listening for the voice of Jesus to whisper across my heart. I’d spent the last two weeks working pretty hard. One week in Dallas at the Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention (with fellow belle Lisa Wingate!) then came home to line edits for The Wedding Chapel. I was backside-in-chair for six long days. By Saturday I needed to get in touch with the One my soul loves! Ever have that dry feeling when […]

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Cicada!

Around here, the cicadas have invaded. They’ve spent seventeen years sleeping underground, and now they’re ready to rumble. I’m fascinated by these handsome little creatures. Their beady red eyes (and the three extra eyes they have just in case!), their transparent wings that work like lenses against a ray of light, and their cricket-like legs that bend in all the wrong directions as they crawl across my hand, tickling me with every step. They make a constant drumming sound, not to mention the scritching sound […]

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Guest Post & Giveaway By Bestselling Author Leslie Gould!

Happy Tuesday, Porch Pals! I don’t know about you, but I’m having some difficulty getting back into my normal routine after an eventful weekend (including a double wedding where sisters married brothers!). But I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and took time amid the hustle and bustle to remember those who gave their lives so we can live in freedom. Speaking of freedom, today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Leslie Gould, who is a proud military wife and bestselling […]

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Remembrance Day

Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language?  Are they dead that yet act?  Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? ~Henry Ward Beecher Happy Memorial Day, everyone! That seems like a conflict in terms, doesn’t it—Happy Memorial Day.  Memorial Day, by nature, is a somber occasion, a holiday dedicated to the remembrance of those who have died in our nation’s service.  Memorial Day is […]

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DO Diligence

(This post was first published on my own blog in August 2012. Three years later, it’s something I needed to reread. Hope you enjoy.) Sometimes I like being lazy. Some of my best memories from this summer are the quiet, lazy moments I’ve had with my family…lying on the couch doing nothing but watching Sponge Bob with my son…listening to the quiet as I stand outside my daughter’s door and watch her sleeping late…sitting still so my cat can purr on my lap and rest. Don’t […]

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Announcing: North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times

Five years ago I was asked to write a lengthy, peer-reviewed essay on the centenarian Delany Sisters for inclusion in a book to be called, North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, part of a state-by-state academic series called Southern Women: Their Lives and Times. That book has just been published by the University of Georgia Press. I am thrilled. And maybe – just maybe – a little relieved that it’s done. I’ve written nine books and hundreds of newspaper articles but this was the […]

12 Days and Counting

Hello everyone! Eva Marie Everson here. The last time I posted, it was to let you know there were 24 days to go before my novel, Five Brides, released. Truth is, those who pre-ordered the book from online bookstores like Amazon have already received their copies and they’ve blown me away with their emails and posts about the book. Also, the last time I posted here at The Porch, I asked for your wedding dress stories (as this book is based on the true story of five […]

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Mentoring Maranda

I, like all of us on this porch, am more than a writer. I am also a family therapist, a parenting educator and a women’s ministry leader. Over the past thirty plus years, I have spent thousands of hours with parents, both moms and dads, who are putting in lots of energy, enormous amounts of time and immeasurable periods of prayer into raising their kids. Based on my own experience as a busy mom of three, I can’t imagine ever getting it all done, but […]

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Revisiting Mary & Martha

How many times have I heard the story? Jesus comes to visit. Martha gets busy with hostessing duties while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, listening. And then, when Martha mentions she’s been left with all the work, Jesus goes and says Mary has chosen the better thing. Leave her be. And yes, I identify with Martha way more than Mary. But this past week, feeling overwhelmed by work, family, and too many tasks, I happened to hit on that scripture during my morning reading. And […]