Brain Freeze

Writing is what I have done since I was eight years old. However, for five days I barely wrote a thing. I attended summer camp with our collective churches in southwest Ohio. Normally, each day I pen what happened in my day. Then I write what I learned and list what I am grateful for.Continue reading “Brain Freeze”

Rosa Parks

After a bus tour of Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Tuskegee I had to buy “Rosa Parks: My Story”. During the earlier years of the Civil Rights Movement I was a youngster. Bloody Sunday, happened on my ninth birthday. Rose Parks’ book helped to fill in details about her life and the movement. Thanks to herContinue reading “Rosa Parks”


When I saw this book I thought, I don’t need this book, I am pretty calm in stressful situations. However, the Holy Spirit encouraged me to buy two copies, one for me and one for a friend. I love it when the Holy Spirit knows best. Yes, I am pretty calm, but only because ofContinue reading “Breathe”

Hope for Heidi

I was in Lancaster, PA and had just finished reading a book on the bus ride in. I needed another book to read. God gave me “Hope for Heidi” by Rachel Lofgren from the Shady Maple Gift shop. While still on vacation I jumped into the book immediately and haven’t been able to put itContinue reading “Hope for Heidi”

What If Jesus Was Serious About Prayer?

“What If Jesus Was Serious About Prayer?: A Visual Guide to the Spiritual Practice Most of Us Get Wrong.” by Skye Jethani is a six-part, easy to digest book about prayer. It helped me to understand what prayer is, how to keep it simple, how it helps me to commune with God, how to pray,Continue reading “What If Jesus Was Serious About Prayer?”

The Disturbance

I was born a wallflower. I loved to sit, watch, listen, and not talk. Having a relationship with God forced me out of that comfortable place. Because of my job with the Internal Revenue Service, He placed me into Toastmasters through my employer and enabled me to enjoy public speaking. Because of this training IContinue reading “The Disturbance”

2022 Perspective

The year 2022 seems to have been the fastest year ever! That saying about the older you are the faster the years go, but no longer seem to be true. Since the pandemic started in 2020 teens have said time, especially this year, is moving at an accelerated rate. For 2022 I thought God hadContinue reading “2022 Perspective”

Annual Christmas Letter

Merry Christmas to all! Here is our annual Christmas Letter. _________________________________________________ Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem!Continue reading “Annual Christmas Letter”

Please Stand By Continues

I remain on please stand by mode. God has rearranged my whole schedule these past few months. Nothing has been written on book four, but I am not worried. His timing is best. Instead He has me writing travel articles and twenty-five reasons why I stay in God’s kingdom. On November 30, 2022 I celebrateContinue reading “Please Stand By Continues”

What a disaster!

I expected a dry set-of-facts type of book. But “The Ashtabula Disaster” by Rev. Stephen D. Peet in 1877 was not that at all! Because of visiting the grave site and the historic marker I knew the facts. In Ashtabula, Ohio ninety-two people of 159 perished in a train crash. In a terrible blizzard asContinue reading “What a disaster!”

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