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Our 10-Year Wildfire Anniversary

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Today is our 10 year anniversary from the Witch Creek wildfire in San Diego. My son Jonathan wrote this for our MakeUsSmile.com thank-you website a few years ago. This year, we’ve moved to the Bay Area and again lost 1/3 of our possessions (somehow the movers misplaced them!) so we keep learning to hold “things” […]

Author Edie Melson with map behind her, with resilience expert Elizabeth Van Tassel

Trusting The Master’s Plan with Author Edie Melson

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I first got to know Edie Melson like many writers do, through her terrific website The Write Conversation, a top site for writers to learn the craft. Then I heard her story of amazing resilience while her son served in the military, and saw her encourage other families. I interviewed her for a special project […]

Through the friendship storms with author Jodie Wolfe and resilience expert Elizabeth Van Tassel.

Through The Friendship Storms with Author Jodie Wolfe

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I have enjoyed knowing Author Jodie Wolfe for several years, after we took a writing class together with Author Jerry Jenkins and met in the Colorado mountains to share our love for words and creating stories. I can really relate to Jodie’s story today, of surviving a particularly low point after losing a key friendship. […]

Some amazing things are in the works - lots of authors with stories of resilience and guest blog posts, come and enjoy!

Guest Blog Posts and Amazing April Plans

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Announcements! We have an amazing array of authors covering historical, young adult, middle grade, fantasy, nonfiction, and more all participating in the #LetResilienceArise series starting next month. Get ready for some amazing moments with authors you love! April will feature Middle Grade and Young Adult Author and Lauren Brandenburg, Actress Amanda McDonough, and Author Loretta […]

Join Rev. Misty Tyme and me on her podcast discussing how to forgive in any situation. Click below on the link to listen.

Situational Forgiveness and Podcast with Rev. Misty Tyme

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As a survivor of losing every possession and our home in a wildfire, I sometimes get to share my story with others who have a special heart for helping hurting families. Recently I was asked to share some insights about situational forgiveness by Rev. Misty Tyme on her podcast. (Link here: Situational Forgiveness). We hit […]

Adapt to Open Doors

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Part Three in the New Beginnings Series One of the special moments in pursuing your dream is when unexpected opportunities land on your doorstep. Sometimes they come at the craziest moment, when you’re tending a sick one, or mid-stream in another project on an entirely different subject. Has this ever happened to you? How did […]

Escape the Quicksand of Heartache

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What is heartache? I’d define it as that sinking feeling when a difficult topic arises with a friend. It can be connected to relationships or experiences, but it’s that quicksand of loss and hurt that surrounds you when the topic or person comes up. So how do you transform your emotions after a season of […]