No-Budge Beulah

No Budge Beulah

Ever have someone kick you when you’re down?

Be cruel when you need compassion? 

Meet No-Budge Beulah.




Friday mornings have become movie morning with my boys. Kyle’s leukemia makes online college a necessity and Alek picks his class schedule with one goal—to have a three-day weekend. Every semester. This week, my mother-in-law was in town too. So we took her with us.

I put Alek and Grandma on popcorn-and-Pepsi duty and Kyle and I headed down the hall. While I wheeled myself in Wanda the Wheelchair, he walked beside me, pausing every five feet to catch his breath and regain his balance.

After thirteen months of aggressive chemo, Kyle had more in common with the congestive-heart-failure, faulty-hip, nursing-home set than he did with his college friends.

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Cool Conference

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The new edition of Writer’s Digest landed in my mailbox today.

And my name was inside–on the conference pages.

Pretty exciting day. 


One of the coolest conferences I’ve been to in the last few years is the West Texas Writers’ Academy. Located in Canyon, Texas, the conference combines big information with a small-conference feel. I went last year as Margie Lawson’s assistant. This year, I go as an instructor.

I posted another article with more information HERE.  You can see what I’m teaching, find a link to all the classes offered, meet the faculty, and find a link to register. Registration is open now. Dates are June 8-12.

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