Sunday, April 29, 2012

April 30 blog

A Step in the Write Direction
April 30, 2012

April is almost over. Have you met the goals you set for this month?

Note: I want this to be YOUR blog too, so if you have any writing questions you’d like to have answered, send them in and I’ll do my best to help you.

I’ve updated my Web site to include the new “Freedom of Letting Go” book. Go to to see new information. I also FINALLY finished the mother/grandmother anthology and have sent it off to the publisher’s.

For those of you who have sent submissions for the Caregiver anthology and the one for parents who have lost a child, I do not yet have a publisher for either, but I’m keeping your submissions and emails on hand. (I have a Canadian publisher interested, but am looking for a Christian publisher in the States.)


“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees takes off his shoes—
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

Church Football
  • Quarterback Sneak - Church members quietly leaving during the invitation.
  • Draw Play - What many children do with the bulletin during worship.
  • Halftime - The period between Sunday school and worship when many choose to leave.
  • Benchwarmer - Those who do not sing, pray, work or do anything but sit.
  • Backfield-in-Motion - Making a trip to the back (restroom or water fountain) during the service.
  • Staying in the Pocket - What happens to a lot of money that should be given to the Lord's work.
  • Two-minute Warning - The point at which you realize the sermon is almost over and begin to gather up your children and belongings.
  • Instant Replay - The preacher loses his notes and falls back on last week's illustrations.
  • Sudden Death - What happens to the attention span of the congregation if the preacher goes "overtime."
  • Trap - You're called on to pray and are asleep.
  • End Run - Getting out of church quick, without speaking to any guest or fellow member.
  • Blitz - The rush for the restaurants following the closing prayer.


I’m lazy and hate to use my mouse any more than necessary, so the following Microsoft Word shortcuts are very useful to me.

Microsoft Word Shortcuts
Following are some of the more widely-used shortcuts for Microsoft Word users:

Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection
Ctrl + C Copy selected text
Ctrl + S Save file
Ctrl + X Cut selected text
Ctrl + P Print
Ctrl + F Open find box
Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted section
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Y Redo the last action performed
Ctrl+ Z Undo the last action performed. (This shortcut is great when you don’t know what you did to cause that strange screen to pop up. It can also retrieve documents you’ve accidentally deleted if you haven’t done anything in between.)
Ctrl + L Aligns selected text to the left of the screen
Ctrl + E Center selected text
Ctrl + R Aligns selected text to the right of the screen
Ctrl + M Indent the paragraph
Ctrl + Home Moves cursor to beginning of document
Ctrl + End Moves cursor to end of document
Ctrl + 1 Single-space lines
Ctrl + 2 Double-space lines
Ctrl + 5 Space-and-a-half lines
F1 Open Help
F7 Spell and grammar check
Shift + F7 Thesaurus check on highlighted word
F12 Save as
Shift + F12 Save
Alt + Shift + D Insert the current date
Alt + Shift + T Insert the current time
F2 Rename a file
And, one more important shortcut: To remove the underline and color from a hyperlink, click on the link, then the right side of your mouse. A list will appear, and on that list you will find “Remove hyperlink.” Click on it, and the underline and color will disappear!

More shortcuts can be found at

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