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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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Elegant Blogger Award!

I have been awarded!



Many thanks to Christina of Idelwild for presenting me with this reward.  So sweet of her!


THE RULES When you receive the award, link back to keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com and the blog that nominated you. (In my case: Christina! [http://idlewildcl.blogspot.com/])Display t…

Chainsaw Therapy [Rydan & Safia]

Are you ready?  Here is my newest Chainsaw Therapy, featuring Safia and Rydan, from my main work-in-progress (WIP).  
To find my first edition, click here.  And to read the origin of this awesome exercise, by Katie of Whisperings of the Pen, click here.
[a bit of background for my characters] Rydan:  …

What's in a Name?

Featuring Ocean-themed names!
Dylan Gender:  Masculine Usage:  Welsh, Welsh Mythology, English Pronunciation:  DUL-an (Welsh), DIL-ǝn (English)
Meaning & History From the Welsh elements dy "great" and llanw "tide, flow."  In Welsh Mythology, Dylan was a god or hero associated wi…

Book Review [The Fairy Princess]

The Fairy Princess debut novel by Lena Elizabeth
Amazon Description:
Enter the world of fairies and dragons once again as you enter the life of Angelique, the grandmother of the first-born hafling princess Amara. Angelique Sirlan lives a normal life as an adopted high school student preparing for gra…

. . .something(s) to look forward to. . .

I know my posts of late have been few and far between, and I don't wish to complain and make excuses as to why I haven't been posting. The reality is -- Life.  Happens.  Can I get an "Amen!"??  =D
To bring you up to speed, I have begun dance lessons once again!  Long story short,…

What's in a Name?

Per request, by my dear friend Risa, this particular Name post features names that I think would/could be classified as Sci-Fi and/or futuristic.  
Neo Gender:  Masculine & Feminine Usage:  Southern African, Tswana, Greek Pronunciation:  NEE-oh, nee-OH
Meaning & History Means "gift" i…

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Normally, I dislike this sort of thing.  
Polls.  
But I have decided to host one on my sidebar for the sake of seeing the majority of ages to whom my blog reaches.  So, I hope you will take the 2 seconds (if you have fast internet) to click one of the four little dots in your respective age group…

Book Review [Beautiful Girlhood]

Beautiful Girlhood Revised by Karen Andreola
rear cover:   What can be more beautiful than the budding and blossoming of girlhood?  Those years of transition from childhood to womanhood are filled with wonderful interest and promise.  But the young feet that travel this way may be unsteady and unsur…

What's in a Name?

Per request.  ^__^
Anne Gender:  Feminine Usage:  French, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Basque Pronunciation:AHN (French), AN (English), AH-nə (German), AHN-nə (Dutch)
Meaning & History French form of Anna, which in turn is a form of Hannah meaning "favour" …

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In the Midst of Despair [A Prayer]
Have you ever had one of those down days?  Where you feel like everyone and everything is against …
Drama Update! [w/ link to Behind-the-Scenes]
The first weekend of shows has passed!   All went rather smoothly, with only a few minor glitches.…
Excerpt from "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" [THE ROOM]
I don't know if I mentioned this or not in my review of Joshua Harris' I Kissed Dating Goo…
What's in a Name? >> 3rd Monday Edition
Happy Monday, lovelies! How was your weekend?  Does it feel like Summertime to you yet? We've ha…