Can you identify this snake? Well, if you're a mom or grandmother, you might just think "boy in the house!" Yes, it's a plastic snake. And, yes, we've had a boy in the house. Our six-year-old grandson and his two sisters have been spending the last few days with Pops and me. That' s because they… Continue reading 10 ways to remember the day a child is born
One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind. (Neil Armstrong) On July 20, 1969, the lunar module Eagle landed on the moon. Six hours later, Commander Neil Armstrong stepped onto its surface. Do you remember that day ... that "moment"? I do. My dad and I walked outside our home on that very… Continue reading Remember the First Moonwalk: One Small Step for Man
One of our young grandsons recently asked me how old I'll be when he's a teenager. The truth is, I'll be about the age that my grandmother was when she entered eternity. Of course, I didn't tell him that. I think I said something like, "old." But his question made me think, How pmany years… Continue reading Stories Shape History
Sometime ago, while attempting to open a door to the office, I juggled my purse, a present to be mailed, a sack packed with old newspapers for a friend (or maybe I should say for a friend’s dog), and some files that needed to be returned to work. The handle to the brown paper sack… Continue reading The Great Juggling Act
Years ago Ethan Pope and I wrote a book together called There’s No Place Like Home (Broadman & Holman). Thanks to email, the phone, and a fax machine, we were able to communicate pretty well back them. But not nearly as well as Karen Jordan and I recently did as we worked together on a book proposal. Our collaboration was so much easier because of Google Docs!
What is Google Docs? It’s a free online word processor available to anyone who has a gmail account (which you can get for free). Like most word processing programs, it makes it possible for you to change the appearance of a document: the size of the text, spacing of lines, paragraph styles, headings, etc.
It also allows you to write, edit, and collaborate with others at the same time. And you can upload a Word document and then convert it to a Google document…
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- by Mary May Larmoyeux - Some of my grandkids live out of state, and we have great fun connecting each week for our online writing "class." Here are four ideas for helping children learn how to write stories: 1) Read the same book and then, via Skype, talk about the author's ideas, writing style,… Continue reading Four Ideas for Helping Children Learn How to Write Stories
by Mary May Larmoyeux Thanksgiving is almost here and it's a perfect time to share family stories. As our family will enjoy turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving, we'll recall not only God's blessings, but also share some of our family's favorite stories. I'll never forget a time long ago when my mom and dad were… Continue reading Sharing Family Stories at Thanksgiving
by Mary May Larmoyeux I just discovered Family Search, a wonderful free genealogy website created by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. And I stumbled on info. about the Roots Tech 2015 conference, which has been called the world's largest family history and technology conference. Although Roots Tech will be held… Continue reading For Lovers of Genealogy and Family Stories
by Mary May Larmoyeux Do you have good intentions about your writing? But do you always follow through on those intentions? I don't. Once I read something that has stuck with me for years: A goal without a deadline is a dream. I really like that. Maybe because I identify with that statement so much.… Continue reading What difference does a deadline make?
- by Mary May Larmoyeux - Have you ever heard of the Hemingway App? I first learned about it on Daphene Gray-Grant's blog, the "Publication Coach." The Hemingway App is an easy-to-use, online tool for editing. Here's how to use it: Go to the Hemingway App. Notice the two buttons on top-right side of… Continue reading Hemingway App