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Grilled sow’s womb for dinner, anyone?

In my upcoming book Obedient unto Death, describing meals eaten 2000 years ago can prove interesting. In a previous blog, I discussed the seating chart at a Roman dinner party—the host assigned places based on the order of your status or popularity.

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It is Really Happening?

My new year started with a huge celebration!!!! CrossRiver Media accepted my historical mystery novel Obedient unto Death for publication, with a target launch date of December of 2021. Getting published can happen. I am a first-time author, blogging about this daunting and exciting journey. I thought you might like to keep me company this coming year.

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A Treacherous Topic part 2

I found no records of general concern to humanize the laws governing slavery. For the most part, the ruling class agreed slaves had no personal rights apart from those granted by their masters. This view is not surprising. Rights were minimal to non-existent for most women, children, and non-Roman citizens who weren't slaves.

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A writing journey: inspiration

I can't pinpoint the exact moment in my life when inspiration struck, and I knew I had to drop everything and write. Many writers say they knew they wanted to be an author the first time they picked up a pencil. My "ah-ha" moment was more of a meandering "ah-ha" journey, beginning in grade school when history grabbed me and never let go.

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Treacherous Topic part 1

When we attempt to relate to another culture, especially one existing over 2500 years ago, confusion, bewilderment, and in the case of slavery, rage is bound to happen. The culture of slavery is an issue authors encounter when writing about the Roman empire, and it is a treacherous one to address.

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If you eat with your fingers you might be a Roman.

In my murder #mystery novel “Obedient unto Death,” I needed to describe a formal Roman dinner. I have watched movies portraying Roman dinner parties, but watching and writing about them are two entirely different skill sets. What did the ancient Romans living around the Mediterranean eat and drink at dinner parties?

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Providence – God’s Plan for Me

I have lost count of the times I have been astounded and amazed by God’s providence. I keep saying I should record all the miracles that have transpired, the “coincidences,” the “I can’t believe it” moments. I am overwhelmed by the number, though some are more memorable than others.

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A Most Appreciated Bible Verse

At this juncture of life, Psalm 46:10 is the verse I find myself turning to again and again for reassurance, advice, and focus. “Be still, and know that I am God...” (KJV) This advice was front and center this week, as I took a day to step back from life’s routine of chores, responsibilities, obligations and all the busyness that structures daily existence.

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Faith musings

I am sad today. A young hummingbird flew into our house yesterday, and the situation did not end well. We have cathedral ceilings, and it flew straight up to the 16-foot-high peak and stayed there.

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