Weather’s impact on Ohio farmers

The horrible weather across the nation has made the news everyday for several weeks now. Here in Ohio, although thankfully we haven’t experienced any of the devasting tornados that have hit other parts of the country, but the weather is still adversely impacting farmers. Comparing 2011 to last year, there have been only 8 suitable days for fieldwork compared to 26. Only 11% of the corn has been planted (compared to 87% for 2010) only 40% of the oats (compared to 98%), only 4% of the soybeans (compared to 48%), and only 5% of the strawberries have been harvested, (compared to last year’s 21%. (Source: US Dept. of Agriculture Nat’l Statistics Center) The economic impact cannot be overstated. Let’s pray for calmer weather conditions across the land, and for Ohio??? We need the good old missing-in-action sun to shine! Happy holiday weekend, everyone! Mary

Friends from Ohioana 2011

Here are some pictures taken last week at Ohioana book festival in Columbus Ohio. The one below  is of myself and Laurie Kingery who writes super books for Harlequin Love Inspired, and the second to the right is Amanda Flower and myself (she’s the young one!). Amanda writes great mysteries for Five Star. Can you tell which of the two was taken late in the day?? oh well, a good time was had by one and all.

Greetings from BRMCWC in Ridgecrest, North Carolina

Sorry for the delay between posts. It’s been crazy busy here between writing and getting ready for this grand tour trip. My adventure began in Columbus, Ohio, where I participated in the Ohioana Book Festival with 100 other Ohio writers. What great fun I had rubbing shoulders with Lisa Black, Don Bruns, Casey Daniels, Linda Robertson, S. Swann, Laurie Kingery, and too many to mention. The reception at the Govenor’s Mansion, hosted by Mrs. Kascich, capped off a perfect event. From there, it was on to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference where I am as I write. This annual writers conference under the fabulous direction of Alton Gansky is one of the best out there. I have learned so much from teachers like Dr. Angela Hunt, Terry Whalin, DiAnn Mills, Gina Holmes, Deb Raney, Al Gansky himself, and many others. The keynote speech delivered last night by Vonda Skelton brought me to tears! If any writers are reading this, put this conference on your to-do list for next year. Trust me, you won’t be sorry. Gotta go, time for dinner. Oh, by the way… food’s great here, too!