February is National Library Month

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I’ve always loved libraries. From the time I was a little girl, the excitement of stepping into a room with shelves and shelves of books ranked at the top of my source of entertainment. I was a shy and overweight child, and books were my closest companions. When I finished selecting what I wanted to read, …

Favorite Christian Contemporary Songs of 2016

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I’m sharing my top ten with you and the artists’ YouTube websites. In looking back at 2016, I always turned up the radio on these contemporary, Christian songs. In alphabetical order: “Breathe” by Johnny Diaz http://bit.ly/2i76IpG “Broken Together” by Casting Crowns http://bit.ly/2jaXzJR “Come as You Are” by Crowder http://bit.ly/2iX4mco “God Is On The Move” by 7eventh …

Favorite TV Shows from a Writer’s Perspective

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I’m always looking for a solid TV show, one that entertains while I’m learning from the writers. This blog is totally from my perspective as a writer. Solid entertainment in a TV show must have the following: Three dimensional characters. Inner and outer landscape problems – even if it takes several weeks or the whole series …

Writers Who Deliver a Powerful Story

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Reading excellent novels invites me into a story world where I lose track of time. I meet new characters who have a compelling story, dive into unique personalities, and share an adventure with them. I admire how they solve problems and face life. In short, I’m a picky reader. A book has to grab me in …

Tis the Season to Cook and Bake

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Although the temperature highs here in Houston haven’t dipped below 85, I have my home decorated in colorful fall reminders. Perhaps the gold and orange will usher in cooler temps. I also have my list of favorite recipes and new ones to try out on my husband before presenting them to guests. Whether it’s a breakfast item, …

How to Home Roast Coffee Beans

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Those of you who know me are aware of my fondness for coffee. My bio even states I’m a coffee snob. Actually, just like some of you have a favorite recipe for triple layer chocolate cake or yeast rolls or delicious soup, I’m particular about my coffee. This weekend, I roasted some of my favorite beans …

National Happiness Happens Day

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills What a great way to start the work week with a national holiday that makes us smile. Even laugh! A key part of making today a success is all the fun things we can do. Life isn’t all about us but the joy we share with others. Choose today to be a blessing. Here are 10 …