In the South, it's all about hospitality.  Guest are welcomed with open arms and immense pleasure as sweet, iced tea or rich, hot coffee and tasty desserts made lovingly by hand make an appearance with bountiful accolades.  At least, that was my Italian cultural experience!

Imagine for a moment, my delight as I welcome you into my "blog parlor" with an embrace right from my heart ... as I WRITE FROM THE HEART. I will share my life-not only as a writer-but as a wife, mother, grandmother, elementary and reading teacher, friend, and overcomer (Watch the Fox News video/ About Us).   

What motivates me to shed my fears and dare to write for hours with great anticipation? I love the memorable movie, Chariots of Fire. It is about the inspiring, true story of Eric Liddell, one of Britian's finest athletes. He stated: "When I run, I feel HIS pleasure!"

To be honest, when I write, I feel HIS pleasure!  Writing is my joy and gift to you. Remember, I am learning along with you.

Today, take a break, give yourself permission to relax. You will find encouragement and hope for life's sudden detours, disappointments and tremendous trials. Let's bask in the laughter, adventures, surprises and love that come our way making life a worthwhile, exciting journey. I have learned to celebrate and live in the moment, one day at a time, surrounded by God's amazing grace and powerful love. 




Celebrating Brocato Publishing

June 20, 2012

Welcome! Brocato Publishing is celebrating its new look, website, attitude, and brand!    This is my second blog post under the umbrella of Brocato Publishing - Touching Hearts.....Changing Lives. To touch hearts and change lives, both young and not…

Right From My Mama's Heart

June 9, 2012

Yes, you're right my Mama could not read or write well.  She struggled because she only completed the fourth grade in a time when money was scarce and The  Depression brought untold hardships.  My mom was born the oldest of 13 children.  She came from…


April 10, 2012

The book contains life messages of: Being "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" (PSALMS 139:14) for a purpose, Self - Acceptance and Celebrating Differences, to hide in their hearts to combat the effects of bullying and rejection.

Meet Ivan

January 7, 2012

Ivan Becomes a Hero is about a little, gangly giraffe who does not like who he is. He wants to be a zebra and then a water buffalo when they bully and make fun of him. However, his wise mother tells him about Psalm 139:14 — how "Fearfully and wonderfully…

I am so thrilled

January 2, 2012

Ivan has traveled to 6 countries on mission trips in less than a year. The reports back say, "Children around the world love Ivan's life message and illustrations!" We thank God.