I am Dana, a writer, editor

and communications & marketing specialist living in the thriving metropolis of Bakersfield, California.

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A Little About Me…

I am best characterized as a ringmaster of many circuses, but I’ve actually made money as a freelance writer for various magazines, as a nine-time contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, and working with haunted attractions across the United States. I was the president of Writers of Kern for five years and the editor of the nation’s first citizen journalism magazine, The Northwest Voice. When I earned my degree in English, someone said, “Wow, you just wasted four years of college on a degree you can never use.” My response was, “It took me nine years, thank you.” I am a mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I wear cowboy boots a lot because they’re my favorite, I mind my own business, and I am a follower of Jesus. I fail him daily, but He is pretty cool with that–I mean, I’m working on it, but He’s cool while I work on it.

My birth stone is a coffee bean.

Merry Christmas!

It’s December 3, and I’m reflecting on Decembers past, thinking how much life can change in just a couple of years. Two years ago, I didn’t have any grandchildren, and now I have two! Two incredible blessings in my life to fill vacancies and holes that I never planned on filling. I have two new businesses I started for no other reason than I needed something to do, and here they are taking off sooner than I could have imagined. Parties, friends, trips… they are meaningless without love, and I have been uncommonly and unexpectedly graced with more than I deserve. This season brings a rush of sweet memories, hope for the future and a reminder that where ever you are in the world, home is where your heart is. Merry Christmas to you, where ever you are.

"Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong. Some of us travel the whole world to find it. Others find it in a person."
- Beau Taplin
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Dana and Mike

“G” is for God

I’m still in Texas, and although it was day later than we’d imagined, we’re home from the hospital after my grandson’s birth with a healthy baby and mother. God is good. I always catch myself when I say that. “God is good.” Isn’t God always good? Inherently good? His...

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“F” is for Freedom

As I sit in a birthing room at Midland Memorial Hospital, I find myself with more than enough time to re-enter the A-Z Blogging Challenge. NOT that I ever withdrew, although it would APPEAR that I was AWOL since my busy April turned this blog into a non-productive alphabetical...

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“E” is for Education

Today flew by in a flurry of appointments and responsibilities, and now nighttime is already locking up and getting ready to call it a day. And I, loyal reader, am only now sitting down to write my “E” blog post. Writers are a weird breed of idea-havers. We have...

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