Encouragement

Finding the Silver Lining

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Mid-March. The pandemic began spreading. Life as we knew it started crumbling. We were sent home to work. My husband’s and my vacation plans changed four times in ten days with three of those happening within a week. When we returned, we found ourselves under a statewide stay-at-home order. The only ...continue reading

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Pestilence, Fear, and Vikings

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Blogger’s note: Initially, I had planned on launching blog posts related to my upcoming novel, No Options. But due to the onslaught of COVID-19, I decided instead to put off those posts until next week and instead address my observations about what’s been happening near me. Friday afternoon, I stared in ...continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Snow Days Are Good

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 It finally happened. Snow. We all saw it on the radar, heard about it on the news. It headed toward our part of North Carolina. It wasn’t much. Matter of fact, any of you who live in snowy climates would probably laugh at us for closing everything down for a couple ...continue reading

Coping with Life's Twists and Turns

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Our hot water heater died last night (Friday) at 11 PM. It wasn’t a dramatic death of water spewing all over the garage in huge torrents. I’d had a very long and busy week. When I finally stumbled through the door at eight o’clock last night, my ever-loving husband suggested that ...continue reading

3 Reasons Why Looking Back Is Good

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Early November 2004. The Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, Arizona. Steve and I raced against time. No, we weren’t trying to save the world from nuclear apocalypse or save a kidnap victim from certain death. We raced against darkness as we hiked up the Bright Angel Trail from Phantom Ranch. It’s ...continue reading