Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance

Amazon Best-selling Historical Romance
Escape to a romantic period where love endured, grew, and flourished despite a Civil War.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bob Evans Dinner with Youngest Daughter

My youngest daughter, Wendy, flew to Lake Mary, Florida, for bank training the week of August 24. On August 26, we met her after work for dinner at a nearby Bob Evans. Wendy and I enjoyed Chicken Alfredo, and I had strawberry tea, a treat I've only found in New York.

It was a wonderful surprise to have an opportunity to visit with her unexpected, since I live so far away and only get to see her once or twice a year. Now, the hurricane is headed her way. She's back home. I pray God gives her and my loved ones the protection of His front and rear guard and full coat of armor.

My youngest son is supposed to evacuate. I pray the Lord puts a protective circle around him and provides the protection of his front and rear guard and full coat of armor during his evacation process.

I pray for all those who have to brave the approaching hurricane and all of Florida's recent flood victims. May God give you the strength to endure and rise above the flood that has intruded upon your lives.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow Book Review

Book Review
by Barbara Robinson
Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life
by Janet Perz Eckles

Truly amazing Janet Eckles, completely blind, but with more insight than most sighted people, has written a true jewel within the pages of Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life. With more personal crosses to bear than most, like the loss of her sight and her son, Janet’s book is inspiring, encouraging, and courageous, like Jan. She has taken her trials and turned them to treasures for the glory of the Lord. Jan is bubbly and full of joy, a spectacular speaker and gifted writer. Her nonfiction book takes you on a journey of discovery, as she learns to put her faith and trust in God. When she put Jesus first, He blessed her and turned her life around. If you’ve ever lost a loved one, don’t miss how Jan Eckles deals with her loss. Discover the good news and blessings she has to share. Find out why good people suffer and discover how God uses the bad things that happen to good people for good. Though blind, you'd never know it to meet her. Her book describes how she puts on her own makeup and does her own nails without sight, but even more awe-inspiring is the fact that she never worked when she was sighted, but found the position she was meant to serve in once she lost her sight. Just as she does in person, her book will make you laugh and cry at the same time. While sad, it resounds with the joy that overflows from Jan upon meeting her and turns her cross into triumph to truly serve and glorify God while helping others. Don’t miss the journey of a lifetime, Janet’s lifetime, as you turn the pages of a book you won’t want to put down. Her book makes a wonderful Bible study group guide and Part III of the book actually contains such a guide with thought-provoking questions designed to enhance the spiritual journey. Published by Xulon Press in 2004, the book may be purchased through Amazon, Xulon, and other book stores. It is a beautiful paperback well worth the reasonable price of $12.47 at Amazon. ISBN number ISBN1-594674-36-1. Visit and get your own copy while it’s on sale! This book will make a wonderful gift for people in your life who are dealing with the loss of loved ones or other obstacles in life.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pony Penning Days

If not for a colleague, I'd never known about Pony Penning or Misty, Thanks to her, I read the book Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry and saw the movie. I've gotten three other books by the same author: Stormy Misty's Foal, Sea Star, and Misty's Twilight. Midnight Mist is the latest descendant of Misty. It was quite an experience watching the wild ponies swim from one island to the other.

Scroll down to see more pictures of Virginia Pony Penning Days, an annual July event that takes place the last Wednesday and Thursday each July on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. This was the July 2008 Pony Swim.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Pony Penning in Virginia Chincoteague Island

The last Wednesday and Thursday of July each year are Pony Penning Days in Virgina at Chincoteague Island. The ponies were corraled on Assateague Island by the fire department. At 5:00 A.M. on Wednesday July 30, 2008, I stood waiting for the annual pony swim to begin. At approximately 7:30 A.M., pony heads bobbed their way from Assateague to Chincolteague. People swarmed from various locations to watch the exciting event.

Misty of Chincoteague by Mauguerite Henry is a novel that tells the story of how pony penning began. Misty was the wild pony that got it all started, and she is preserved at the BeeBe Ranch along with her foal Stormy. The wild ponies are beautiful. We saw them on Assateague awaiting the swim the next day, watched them swim, and saw them at the annual carvinal where an auction takes place the day after the swim, July 31, 2008, this year.

If you've never seen wild ponies swim with saltwater cowboys, don't miss the opportunity next July! Check out the pictures by scrolling down the side.