Peggy Purser Freeman

Peggy Purser Freeman - Author/Freelance Writer/Freelance Peggy Purser Freeman, former editor for Granbury Showcase Magazine, writes for magazines across Texas. She is author of The Coldest Day in Texas, Swept Back to a Texas Future, Teach Writing Without a Pencil, Dip Street and Other Miracles, Spy Cam One and numerous articles including: Chicken Soup for the Bride, Chicken Soup Teens Talk to Middle Graders, Chicken Soup for the Soul Happily Ever After, Chicken Soup Devotionals. In the past she has written and hosted Kid Talk, a DCTV production and presented for Radio Disney public affairs shows 620 AM. More information about Peggy Freeman: Author – The Coldest Day in Texas, (TCU Press) one of three finalists for The Texas League of Writers Teddy Book Award, presented by First Lady Laura Bush. Peggy has three books scheduled to be released in 2014. Swept Back to a Texas Future – a historical play for children, depicting an overview of Texas history. (Hendrick-Long) Editor – Peggy served for the past ten years as editor for Granbury/Glen Rose Showcase Magazine. Freelance Writer – Peggy writes for major magazines across Texas. She has written columns for newspapers and written and presented for Radio Disney public affairs shows 620AM. Speaker – Peggy’s speaks on: her own work, the writing process, Texas history, responsible behavior, values and finding your own family history. Teacher – Peggy has taught writing classes at the University of Texas at Arlington continuing education and Texas A&M Tarleton’s Langdon Center in Granbury. Student Writing Workshops – Students of all ages love writing when they participate in Peggy’s workshops. Centered on games and fun activities even writing becomes an enjoyable adventure.   Blog and Social Media – Peggy has built up a blogging readership and Twitter list with six different sites. Using the team concept, her social media strategy informs and excites the base. Plus it reaches out and pulls the public into the website.

Apr 062020
 

While reading Lisa Wingate‘s Book of Lost Friends, I thought of the teacher that changed my life. The one that said you can instead of you can’t. Enter Lisa’s contest today. If you have taught or if there was a special teacher you will love this book. Actually, anyone will love this book.
I was the tallest girl in the third grade. That’s what I was and worst than that, I wouldn’t be going to fourth grade, because I couldn’t read.
“Peggy, either do better in reading, or I will have to keep you in third grade,” the teacher told me and handed me a book, Tip and Mitten. January frost on the north window looked like a spring day compared to her face.
I opened the book and studied all the squiggly lines on the pages. Reading was too hard. Besides I could make up better stories in my imagination than a dumb dog hiding in the leaves. “Where’s Tip? Where’s Tip? Here, Tip.”
Boring!
But I did want to go to fourth grade. I could just see me eight feet tall and still in third grade. So I read. “Here…is…T…ip.”
I read to everyone who would listen, even Sally the cow. I worked and I worked. Then one day it happened. I loved reading. I read every Nancy Drew book in the library. I still couldn’t spell and usually made an “F” on my writing papers. I didn’t care about grammar. I thought since I couldn’t spell it didn’t matter. I wrote really messy, hoping the teacher wouldn’t know if it was an “E” or an “I.” It didn’t work. The teacher thought I was dumb and messy.
Then in high school, I had a wonderful teacher who gave two grades, one for the story I wrote, how it made her feel and how my words fit together. I made my first “A.” Of course, there was an “F” below it, but I made my first A on a writing paper. That “A” made me think I had something good inside me, something I could share with others.
Quite a few years later the computer came along, and now I’m an author and a magazine editor. I love writing for children. I never dreamed I’d be able to write, but my teacher thought I could. My mom thought I could. My sister thought I could. Guess what, I have a great imagination. I discovered that spelling and grammar can be learned. A great imagination is a real gift, but determination and working to achieve your dreams is the fact that changes dreams into reality. It only took one teacher to give me the vision.

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Apr 062020
 
Daddy Daughter Duet.

Mom, probably woke up and saw it online and said, “What? You didn’t even comb her hair!” So did this one. I think this was several years back and Claire Ryan was four.

Mar 292020
 

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Mar 262020
 

Join Presenter: Peggy Purser Freeman for a fun game with verbs with your children while sheltering in place.
For: Elementary Middle School children and Teachers
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Games and Activities to Improve Writing -Part 2 Verb BallVerb Ball – a game to immediately change passive verbs to active verbs while having fun with your family. This session will focus on the game Verb Ball. However, the author will talk about writing and encourage all students especially those…
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Mar 262020
 

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Mar 222020
 

Overall 5 out of 5 stars

Audio Performance 5 out of 5 stars

Story 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed: 11-03-19

PG13

I have not been reading books set in the War Between the States from the modern view of authors unwilling to show the reason for the confederacy and true facts of history.

Peterson has written a well-rounded book in this the third in the series. I think everyone should start with this book. It’s the best. The characters are delightful and only a few Historical facts are wrong. The plot is good and only the villain is overdone.

Most of today’s novels write of that war as totally about slavery. They hold a POV either of the entire North (who all supposedly never owned slaves and where each and every person wants to free slaves ) or from the South where each person is an evil slave owner except one. Peterson writes people caught in the middle with questions and regrets. Granted it is in Texas, and Texas had only been a State for a short time. But she shows the heart of each person toward the war, slavery and the Native Americans. Her main mistake was in saying the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves. Secretary of State Seward’s own words say no slaves were freed by that document. Of the slaves in 6 union-controlled states were not freed and only the states they had no control over were freed.

Peterson’s point is that of healing and the futility of that horrible war. She creates a wonderful story and slices in God’s redemption.

Raudman did an exceptional narration on the audio book,

Feb 152020
 

Circle of Spies is one of the best books I’ve read set in the middle of the war between the states. Roseanne M White successfully showed the hearts of both Union and Confederate characters. As always, she takes unique traits and makes them believable. Her characters’ faith and redemption are so very well written that I must believe they are inspired by the Lord. Love this series and look forward to more. I found Roseanna White by reading books in the Escape Program. Now I buy them in advance. Sarah Zimmerman performed this audio so well that I forgot it was one person. PG

Jan 282020
 

The Color of Destiny

The Color of Heaven Series, Volume 2

By: Julianne MacLean

Narrated by: Julia Motyka, Jennifer O’Donnell, Paul L. Coffey

Inspirational?

Overall 3 out of 5 stars Performance 5 out of 5 stars Story 3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-20

I searched for an inspirational Audible and this came up. The plot began with promise and even though there was a great deal of time spent in the teenage world with information, I continued. Most information was not needed to move the plot, but the book promised a great twist. Then death. New characters…death. New character’s death. But still, there’s a promise of this amazing twist and then …there wasn’t.

I could handle all of that, for lessons of faith, for lessons in overcoming, for a love that reaches from Heaven. But this book doesn’t give even a vague hope of something more than a cosmic wish. If you think inspirational means a lot of people die and then there’s a happy ending, then you’ll like this book. If you believe Destiny is designed by the Creator, love is a product of God’s Grace you’ll be disappointed. There needs to be a category that classifies books better.

Jan 102020
 

I love choosing a birthday person each year. It keeps me from remembering how old I am and it gives me an opportunity to thank people who have blessed my life. This year, I had two people in the run-off. Then I realized these two people don’t know each other but they are connected.

Thank you to my two birthday people for 2020. You are awesome and kind to put up with me. Pastor Mark Forrest and Diane Munford.

Pastor Mark Forrest

Dr. Forrest is the pastor at Lakeside Baptist and probably one of the best preachers I’ve ever heard. In 2018, I had the joy of helping Mark publish his first book. You can’t imagine how much you learn when editing a book and this book, Soul Beginnings, introduces the first 11 chapters of Genesis. Mark writes as he preaches—for everyday people—those who have questions, make mistakes, and long for God’s grace. And that is me. Even more important than how I’ve grown while sitting in a pew learning from this young man is how Dickey has grown. Yes, there are times my husband is still a grumpy old man, but I watch Dickey take notes during Marks sermons and see the changes in his spirit in the weekdays after services and I’m so grateful. Also, Mark has challenged the Lakeside congregation to have “A One” this year. A One is someone we can be friends with and share God’s love with.

Dickey me and
Diane Munford

Diane Munford and I met a few years back at the Dulcimer Festival in Glen Rose. Her Mom is the person everyone calls Mom in the Texas and Oklahoma Dulcimer communities and her brother, Dana is co-founder of the Glen Rose festival. Mom Hamilton and Dana asked me to call Diane and play dulcimers with her. I did, thinking Diane could be ‘My One.’ Instead I have become her one. She has lifted me up so often this year, sharing music, laughter, and Pickleball. When I’m down she makes me laugh. With each laugh, I believe we both grew closer to God. God’s joyous laugh is truly a blessing.

See below for more info on why and how I have a birthday person instead of a birthday party.

Giving Yourself a Birthday Party

When I turned thirty-three, I hated my birthday. I found myself in an emotional waiting room, dressed in my party clothes, wondering who would give me a party? Who would bring presents, bake a cake, blow-up balloons? Who would say I’m of value even though I’m getting older?

“Well, what do you want to do?” my husband asked in an exasperated voice.

“I … I want … I don’t know,” I stuttered, “something special.”

“You want to go to the new restaurant?”

“No.”

“Go out with friends?”

“No.”

“What?”

“Something special, so I don’t just feel old.”

“Hmmmm.” He disappeared into the garage. (I’ve always thought garages were built just so men had a place to escape.)

With no party in sight, I decided to give my own. How to celebrate? I couldn’t really think of any event that would turn my depression into joy. I had no idea what I truly wanted or needed.

Down through the years, Christmas time had remained my favorite celebration. I loved to give gifts, especially to those who meant a great deal to me. This is where the idea to select a Birthday Person formed.

Now each year I select someone who has blessed my life. I chose my mom first. I was her eighth child. She gave me life and added a great deal of fun and love to my life along the way. Next was my sister, Ouida. We shared everything. Best of all, she shared her faith in Christ with me and many others. She died a few years after I made her my Birthday Person. We never know how long we have to say “thank you.”

In the months before my birthday, I think of all the people who have blessed me. I search for a small token—a gift. Then I plan what I want to say. After writing my first rough draft, I get a clean sheet of paper that doesn’t have tear stains on it. And then I create the finished product and mail it with a simple present. There have been many tears involved in writing notes to my Birthday Person, tears of joy, tears of healing—tears shared on the giving and the receiving end.

I’ve chosen a Birthday Person each year, all my sisters, brothers, daughters, youth directors, pastors, grandchildren, family, and friends—all have changed my life in amazing ways. Some years it has been more difficult to choose a birthday person and several times I’ve included a group—my Sunday School class, Facebook friends and more. It has blessed me beyond any gift I could have received. By focusing on others, I have eliminated the fear of more wrinkles and gray hair looming in my future. I’m amazed when glancing back over the copies of these letters to see many people on my list have now passed away—my mom, sisters, brothers, and friends. People who changed my life and who gave me so much, people I could never thank enough, now gone. I’m glad I thanked them when I did.

Thankfulness feeds a healthy soul within us. My “Birthday Person” celebration has spread to many of my friends. The healing power of saying “thank you” and praising others can keep you young—that and a box of hair color and really good facial serum.

I now look forward to my birthday. I hope you look forward to yours. Try celebrating with a thank you gift.

Life Lessons: In Psalms100:4 it says: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.” In the culture of that time, the gate was like the courtyard or the entryway of a home, but the court was the living area—the place to be at home with special friends. Taking the time to say thank you. Offer a little praise, not only makes you happy, it can change someone’s life, especially your children. Teaching your kids to say thank you and to praise is a huge gift to them. But the greatest gift is to teach them to be thankful to God and to praise him. Enjoy your birthday.

Jan 022020
 

1865 – Marietta Hughes never wanted to be a spy, but can she protecting a Union agent infiltrating the KGC?  

Slade Osborne, an undercover Pinkerton agent, is determined to do whatever is necessary to end the conflict between the North and the South, but the beautiful woman… 

Circle of Spies is one of the best books I’ve read sit in the middle of the war between the states. Roseanne M White successfully showed the hearts of both Union and Confederate characters. As always, she takes unique traits and makes them believable. Her characters’ faith and redemption are so very well written that I must believe they are inspired by the Lord. I love this series and look forward to more. I found Roseanna White by reading books in the Escape Program. Now I buy them in advance. Sarah Zimmerman performed this audio so well that I forgot it was one person.

 Historically Accurate, Suspenseful, Excellent 

Overall  5 of 5 stars Performance  5 of 5 stars Story 5 of 5 stars