Expectations by B.J. Bassett

Expectations   Many years ago, I was expecting our daughter and her family to arrive for Christmas. I’d taken the day off from work to enjoy spending time with them. Shortly after they arrived they left again to do some last minute shopping, and they didn’t ask me to join them. My heart sank. It wasn’t what I’d expected.   The door closed behind them and I slumped into a…

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Thankful: Excerpts from My Memoir by B.J. Bassett

My Story Excerpts from my Memoir             “Mom, you should write your story . . . about how you broke the cycle of alcohol addiction in your family. You’re the transition generation,” my daughter, Melanie, said.             “It’d be too painful.”             Yet, I was between writing projects. Maybe I’ll give her suggestion a try. If it becomes too hard, I can always stop. Maybe it will even be a…

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Write for the Reader by BJ Bassett

Write for the Reader B J Bassett “You write for the reader,” Dr. Sherwood “Woody” Wirt, founding editor of Decision Magazine, said during our one on one meeting. When I left, my feet didn’t touch the path at the Mount Hermon Conference grounds. Instead, I floated to my room. Dr. Wirt’s words inspired me then and they still do today. His encouraging words were unlike any I’d heard before. Beginning…

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Thankful for My Relationships by B.J. Bassett

Thankful for My Relationships by B.J. Bassett I am thankful for my relationships—with my husband,  my children, and with friends. The most important relationship I am grateful for is the one I have with my Heavenly Father.   He put a desire in my heart as a little girl to seek him. My family moved a lot and my parents did not attend church, so if a neighbor didn’t take…

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