When We’re lost in a Storm, God makes it a Beautiful Sunset

There is a huge happening on my blog at www.dailysignsofhope.com.  In the last four days over 700 people have signed up for the RSS feed. There is no concrete reason for it happening except for a lady friend of my partner and I suggested we use more of our SEO capabilities, and that is all she said. We are thinking that since she is an expert, she did something to help us by backtracking, or pinging back our site to her own site which has thousands of followers. What ever happened, God certainly has some kind of plan ahead. Stand by and see what that may be.

BTW…. You could do two things on this site as well.. You could also click on the RSS feed area at the top of this page and sign-up to get feeds directly to your mail box from this site. I would honored if you did.

You can also go over to the right side bar, and click on “Follow this blog,” at the NetworkedBlogs icon. You can see that there are already many people doing that there.


I went to a workshop last night, and I had a pleasant surprise. The guest speaker was Sean Jones, who is the person who is the acquisition editor at Inkwater Press.

I met with him afterwards, and mentioned that I am looking for a traditional publisher to publish my self published book.

He was very open to the idea, and told me to send him a copy of my book.

Now, that would have never happen if I didn’t go to that workshop. I almost didn’t. I was tired and had a slight fever. I went anyway, and a door opened!!


That brings to mind that we never now when God may open a door for us. It may seem like we are sinking in the muck and mire, but God still may have plans for us. We need to keep praying and asking God for guidance.

Just when we feel all is lost in the storm, God changes the whole horizon into  a beautiful sunset.

God has Performed a Miracle

Free Books Given Away at Workshop

I wanted to update you on the progress of my book getting published. It looks like it may come out sooner than thought. I will try to give you a publishing date as soon as I know it.

I will be doing a workshop in Asheville, NC on April 21st. If you are going to the NEA-R Eastern Regional Teacher’s Conference there, I hope you will take the workshop. I have lots of goodies to give away.

I have to tell you that God worked all this trip out for me. I am just a local farm boy/retired teacher from Salem, Oregon who happens to have a book coming out on how to survive in the not so friendly world.

The title: “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, is very timely. The word “hope” is a buzz word right now. People are seeking hope.

The fact that I was chosen from Oregon to do a workshop clear across the nation in North Carolina, is nothing short of a miracle.

NEA In Washington D.C. found out from my local Uniserv consultant, that I had written a book. That happened to be exactly what they were looking for.

They contacted me and invited me to do the workshop. They are paying the air, room, and food. (I could get used to this!)

My publisher is providing five books to give away during the workshop. There will even be a pre order form for the attendees to order the book before it even comes out. (YAHOO!)

The contact person told me that there was a limit of 50 people allowed to sign up for the workshop, and it is already full. They are allowing some standing room only people to come to the workshop.

So, this little ole retired teacher/author will have an open gate to plug my book and sell some books in an all expense paid trip to Asheville, NC. Can’t beat that.

The cover design is finished and I am very pleased. It has a picture of a man at the ocean holding out his hands to the skies and looking for hope.

The back cover is waiting for the publicity designer to OK. It is a very precise and explosive message to those who are hurting.

I will have business cards and post cards done before my trip to North Carolina, so I will have those to hand out as well.

My publisher will also provide handouts for the workshop to make it a very good experience for all of the attendees.

Keep checking here for more updates. It will a fun ride from now on. Things are rolling very fast!!