A Simple Choice: A practical guide for saving your time, money and sanity

A Simple Choice: A practical guide for saving your time, money and sanity41PHNNMTM8L by Deborah Taylor-Hough

This book of mine was written more than 10 years ago but is just as timely now with the current economic situation.

Prior to writing A Simple Choice, I spent nearly a year interviewing real people about what living simply meant to them and how they were practically applying simple living principles to their lives.  So not only was this book written from my own experiences, it was also borne from the experiences and insights of 100+ others.

I’ve had numerous people tell me that this is a book they’ve kept for on-going reference over the years.  I’ve also been told it makes a great bridal shower gift.   Continue reading

Thankful Today for Royalty Checks

30 Days of Thanksgiving


Today I was surprised to find my latest royalty check and statement in the mailbox.  I knew it was due, but I stopped counting on them arriving in a timely fashion a long, long time ago.  So it was a pleasant surprise … not unexpected … just surprisingly prompt.  :-)

Thankful today that my books are still selling after all these years.  Not making tons off them by any means, but hey, every little bit helps!  :-)

I realized today that most of the original readers of my Frozen Assets books have seen their families grow up and the kiddos leave home … but now there’s a whole new generation of young families needing to discover the joys and ease of cooking ahead for the freezer.

Have you told the young parents you know about this great way to save time, money and sanity?  :-)

52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday

Attention Simple Times Readers: The link to this book in the newsletter didn’t work properly, but the link here does. Sorry about that! ~Debi

I’m currently reading the book, 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday – And Why
the Truth Is So Much Better, by Steve McVey.

The title and chapter headings sounded pretty inflammatory, but I discovered that the book really isn’t — more thoughtful and thought-provoking than the title might hint at. I’d say there were less actual “lies” in the book, and it was more like “half-truths” or “not the whole story” stuff.

The chapters are short, so it’s been a great thing to read during bits of time between other busy-ness.  I tend to gravitate toward essay collections and other reading with little short chapters/sections during the summer.  What do you like to read during the summertime?

52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday

Reading about writing … and the neighborhood on the first day of Summer

Yesterday evening I was sitting outside listening to the neighborhood birds getting ready to end their day. Suddenly a neighbor came outside and screamed some assorted nastiness at her children. It was interesting that all the songbirds stopped singing in response and a crow started scolding loudly … even the birds were disturbed by poor human parenting techniques!

I’ve been reading a book this week called, If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland. It’s an older writing book (originally published in 1938) but it came highly recommended to me by several writing friends so I thought I’d give it a read.

Last night while listening to the birds, I decided to put some of the author’s suggestions into action and actually pulled out a small notebook and wrote (by hand!) about my direct obervartions of the birds and the evening. I can’t even really remember the last time I wrote something — other than college classroom notes — by hand. There was something very freeing and organic about not typing or looking at a computer screen.

Essentially I just gave myself the “assignment” of being fully present in the moment as I was sitting idly on my back deck.  And then describing what I heard and thought and saw.  No worries about grammar, spelling, word choice.  Almost stream of consciousness but with a specific focus on the “now” of what was happening around me.

I had no intention when writing last night to share it with anyone, but I thought this morning, “Hey, what the heck. I wonder what my blog readers would think about a severe change in writing style?” LOL!  Scary to let my scratches and scribbles from last night out in the public arena.  So here are last night’s scribbles:

“Chip.” “Cheep! “Chip.” “Cheep!” “Chip.” “Cheep!”

The goldfinch conversation went on repeatedly, slowly alternating a bit faster, until eventually it was a two-part duet of “Chirrup!” in harmony. Two birds speaking as one from two trees.

The sun, low in the sky, hadn’t begun turning the sky amber or scarlet, but was behind and below the cherry tree. The tree was not so much back-lit as lit from within.

“Shuddup! Sit down! You’re a slob!”

The distant crow scolding now, too. In response to the angry attack of the small personhood next door? The crows were silent until the human element punched a hole in the sounds of the neighborhood’s __________. What? Symphony? No, not quite.

“Kitty! Puss, puss, puss!” from the house behind.

Then, “You’re such a weenie!” from next door.

Chip and Cheep have moved to a further perch. I can’t say I blame them. Even my son relocated from the noise.

“Put your feet on the floor!”

I wish there was a volume control for the neighbors.

CRACK! … crack … The sudden sounds of early July’s upcoming holiday begin, startling the dogs.

“Arf Arf Arf!  Arf Arf Arf!”

Listening beyond the immediate area, I hear … what? A small plane? I bet it’s yellow. A yellow plane would’ve been the perfect visual against the blue and cloud-whisped feathered sky.

Bees. Wasps. Hurrying back to the hive? The first outing of summer. There should be, must be, magic in the honey made on the Solstice.

The cherry blooms are dry — hanging their brown skeletons amid the summer leaves. The bees still search for remnants of Spring’s pollen. “Come see my petunias, little bees! The rose geraniums are warm and ripe. I may not eat them, but you may enjoy their offering of feast and festivity.”

The beautiful, delicate web between two planter boxes is being spun by a Weaver almost too small for my fading eyes to discern with certainty. I thought the little Weaver was a dust speck — until the dust began working on the web’s interior.

Rereading and typing this up now, I can almost feel the warm evening air moving across my face again, and the scented petunias and geraniums infusing the air with their quiet scent.  Mmmmm … Too bad the weather won’t be as nice today.

Basics of Inductive Bible Study — now FREE!

I changed the price of the ebook downloadable version of my Basics of Inductive Bible Study book … it’s now FREE! Yep, you read that right. I decided it was a lot more important to me that it got into people’s hands than making a few cents here and there.

Feel free to tell your friends. ♥

Blurb from the website:

Think the Bible’s confusing? You don’t understand the language? Don’t let the Bible intimidate you anymore! Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to studying the Bible for anyone, both newbie and experienced alike. Learn to see for yourself what the Bible is really saying, what it all means, and then discover how to easily and practically apply its teachings to your own life. Topics covered include: Observation, themes, people, context, key words, interpretation, word studies, application, basic study outline, helpful suggestions for Bible study leaders, and several sample lessons from a study on the epistle (“letter”) to the first-century church at Philippi (aka “Philippians”). Basics of Inductive Bible Study is based on the teaching outline from the author’s class, “An Introduction to Bible Study.”


The print version is still available, as well, but I couldn’t lower its price to zero like I could with the ebook.