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As a freelance writer my articles appear in both Christian and general market magazines and anthologies. My work has appeared in Mary Janes Farm, Mature Years, Focus on the Family, and The Upper Room, among other publications. I write to encourage people to find hope in the midst of their circumstances. What I offer you the reader, is honest, transparent words about the grit and grace of everyday living. Much of what I write grows out of my personal journey as a wife, mother, and grandmother.

What's New?

Congratulations to Janet from Colorado Springs, Colorado winner of the Celebrate Spring Contest!

Enter to Win: the Summer Beach Reads Contest by July 21st. See details to enter on the Life Notes page.

You can now purchase cards from Kohler Studios right here on the website and at Wild Birds Unlimited in Monroe, WA! (http://monroe.wbu.com/)

Recently released read my latest story "Power Struggle" in Chicken Soup for the Soul My Very Good, Very Bad Dog!

In Bookstores Now - Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness includes a dramatic retelling of when our oldest son suffered severe injury after being beaten by a group of teenagers when he was fourteen. Follow my difficult journey to forgive those involved in "A Heart Restored".

Struggling through the transition of an empty nest? Catch my story "All Things New" in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life.

Three kids, a new kitten, and a pallet piled high with watermelons make for loads of laughter in my latest story "Hide and Seek Anyone?" included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?

Read about the mysterious person who saved my son's life in "Midnight Stranger" printed in It's a God Thing from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Check out, "His Answer in the Storm" in It's a God Thing, same title different book, by Worthy Publishing.

Read "A Heart Full of Questions" published in Chicken Soup for the Soul's Finding My Faith.

Read "Never Beyond His Reach" published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times.

Also available, look for Love is a Verb Devotional: 365 Daily Devotions to Bring Love Alive. Dr. Gary Chapman's book includes two of my titles; When Love isn't Easy, and An Uncomfortable Choice.

A Heart Full of Questions

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day with me. I hope you leave here refreshed, and inspired to press forward in the relationships that matter most to you. And may you see with new vision the treasures that lie within your own life experiences.

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I don't have all the answers. Some I'm still searching for myself. But the truths I have discovered through experiences or the gentle voice of a friend, I'll share with you on the Articles page. Or jump right in and read these.

Inspiration for the young at Heart After more than thirty years of marriage, I thought our days of romantic secrets were over. That is, until...
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Love is a FlameTwenty years of a predominately happy marriage and now it seemed our whole life revolved around ...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul Shaping the New YouFour years ago, I lost forty pounds. Read how I did it in the story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You.

The Ultimate Bird lover"She looked at him again but he gave no response" ... Read the full story of Trouble in the Backyard from The Ultimate Bird Lover!

Life Notes

Looking for ways to renew your spirit and build relationships with the people you love? Click on Life Notes to check out my party ideas, recipes, and much more.

Words to Live By

"What you have, what you are - your looks, your personality, your way of thinking- is unique. No one in the world is like you." - Jack Lord

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God." - 1 John 3:1

What's New from Kathleen and Kohler Studios

Some of my favorite photographs grace these blank notecards, perfect for any occasion. Only $3.49 each. To see all 19 card designs, check out the Kohler Studios page.