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My Book Is Still Not Quite There…

My book was finished - or so I thought. After almost a year of editing work done by two professional editors, it seemed ready for the world. When I went to actually publish it at Amazon, I paused. I had a very strong feeling that it wasn't quite right. I spent a few...

For Those Who Are Still Reading This Blog…

These have been some tough days. I'm in the midst of a large financial decision, and I feel so unprotected from the world. It may be true that "no man is an island" but being an uncoupled older woman can be a lonely spot. This is one of those times when I sorely miss...

Aladdin Magnolia – in Kirkwood, Missouri!

In 2002, my first husband and I were looking at open houses, and I saw an Aladdin Magnolia. We were somewhere in the St. Louis area and I didn't recognize it as a kit home. I merely thought of it as a "cute little house." Two or three years later, after I'd mastered...

Again, I Would Be Grateful For Your Prayers…

Been a long string of hard days and even weeks. My book's completion has been delayed by factors out of my control. But I've also hit a wall of other problems and it feels - some days - like it's time for the clouds to part and some bright sunshine to poke through....

My Latest Talk – Now Online!

Last week, I gave three talks in seven days. Here's a link to one of them, which includes questions and answers. When I first returned from this "temporary death experience," several people asked me if I was going to write a book about this, and I said, ABSOLUTELY...

Before Enlightenment, Chop Wood, Carry Water…

Slowly but surely, the story of my "temporary death experience" is making its way into the world. Through miscellaneous venues, the story of my visit to heaven has now been heard by more than three million people. My book ("Remembering the Light: How Dying Saved My...

Remembering the Light – at Christmas!

Several days ago, as I was packing for a trip to Michigan, an email arrived, reminding me that I had a Skype interview on December 23rd with Michelle Desrochers, host of a very popular program called "The Outer Realm." Truthfully, I was a little disappointed, as this...

A Crossroads…and Time for a Decision

Immediately after my "temporary death experience" (September 2018), the angels told me that I wouldn't return to heaven for 20 years. That was more than two years ago. Now we're at 17 years and change. It's time for me to make some big decisions, and I'd be grateful...

I’d Be Very Grateful For Your Prayers…

In the last few weeks, I've not posted much, but the last few days, I have passed through some challenging times. The deep-settled calm I knew after my near-death experience has ebbed and I seem to be struggling with decisions on every front. My living situation has...

My Very Own Sears Vallonia!

Our little group of Sears Home enthusiasts on Facebook has almost 9,000 members. Considering that we started with 12, that's a pretty impressive number. One of the newer members contacted me and asked for my mailing address. Given that I am currently hiding out like a...

To Contact Rose…

I miss hearing from you!  🙂 Comments have been disabled at this site, but I am still alive and well! And I miss hearing from the folks who want to contact me about my remarkable healing after my near-death experience. You can contact me via my email,...

Teddy and I are moving on with our lives!

My buddy Dale recommended some time ago that I make this site "informational purposes only" and disable comments. As my new life continues to unfold and blossom, I realize that Dale is right. I briefly considered disabling the website, as it had become a real time...

Exciting things happening in Alton, IL!

Here in Alton, I'm working with the a local historical group to put together a "driving tour" of the Sears kit homes in Alton. With the virus concerns, what better way to continue with their wonderful tradition of highlighting this city's remarkable and unique...

Teddy and I Are Together Again.

Moving to the Midwest was a big deal. Just this week, I spent some time in the local DMV and obtained a new license, new plates for the car, and a new title. A few days ago, I applied for Social Security benefits. I've been working since I was 11 years old, and this...

Ridin’ Around in My Automobile…

It's utterly shocking how much I'm enjoying having no encumbrances. My house sold and closed two weeks ago, so there are no taxes to pay and no mortgages to worry about and no trees that need trimming and no gutters that must be cleaned. I'm currently living with a...

The World’s Most Beautiful Kitchen…

When I moved into my current home in Suffolk, it was my intention to stay in this house until I breathed my last. And it did work out that way - sort of. On September 5th, 2018, I was carried out of my house and transported to a local ER when - despite the efforts of...

Thus Begins The New Chapter…

I died. But apparently, it was only a "temporary death experience." I'm hesitant to use the word "near-death experience" because I was good and dead. No vitals for more than 10 minutes. Seriously, completely gone. Kapoot. Out-of-town with no forwarding address. Good...

The Final Touches of a Career…

When I started the "Sears Kit Homes" group on Facebook in 2009 (thanks to Rachel for remembering!), I dragged 12 friends into the group just so it wouldn't look so pitiful. As the years passed, the group grew in numbers and I was gobsmacked when we passed the "1,000...

Blame Canada…

Every now and then, I get requests to ship my book out of the U.S., and typically, I refund the buyer's money (go Paypal), and call it a day. But last month, this nice fellow talked me into shipping a couple books to Canada, and I hesitantly did so, explaining that...

The End of an Era…

Sears appears to be going out of business, and in a few months, my little book business will follow suit. In 1999, I started working on a book about Sears kit homes. In early 2002, it was self-published, and I used 50% of my net worth to produce 1,000 copies. In 2004,...

Road Trip!

I'm thinking about hitting the road, and taking a long trip. In the last few weeks, I've met so many wonderful people (all of whom are history lovers) and each and every one of those people have brought me such a blessing. Each encounter has lifted me up a bit, and...