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 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.

Sep 092017
 

Why Dogs don’t Live As Long As People

Out of the mouths of Babes!

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners; Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.
I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt Shane could learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.” Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me – I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, “Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody and being nice, right?” The four-year-old continued, “Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Linda Bobo (from the library of http://www.lgd.org)

Sep 052017
 

“I’m still hoping that yesterday will get better.” ~ Linus

Be proactive – Start playing Teach Writing Without a Pencil~Writing Games and Activities today so yesterday’s test will be better.

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Sep 022017
 

Book Title Game: Ruin a book title with one letter or sound like “sn” for “st” and silent letters don’t count. Example: Lard of the Rings.


This book game idea comes from Carey Dyer.  Carey is one of my favorite entertainers/worship leaders/authors. (Crazy title, I know! He is crazy, transparent and truly sincere. For him, the two attributes can co-exist in the same brain.) This game is from his Facebook page.

Ruin a book title with one letter. Carey and his friends got us started:

  1.  Lard of the Rings.
  2. Fiddler on the Woof
  3. Ghostdusters
  4. The Secret Warden
  5. Hairy Potter
  6. Where the Red Fern Crows
  7. The Goldest Day in Texas
  8. Spy Ram One
  9. Lord of the Pies

 

Sep 012017
 

Praying for all of you at Ogg Elementary and Lake Jackson as Harvey Floods!

Sep 012017
 

Sylvie Elam Purser taking care of her chickens on the farm near Caprock, Texas. 1950s

Sylvie Elam Purser taking care of her chickens on the farm near Caprock , Texas. 1950s

Aug 232017
 

Fast forward to 20:24 and hear this excellent interview of Gwen Lavert, a wonderful friend, and hero for children.

 

Aug 232017
 

The first story I sold to CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL was my wedding story.  You can read that story in Chicken Soup for the Brides Soul and it has been retold every time the subject of weddings come up.  There a version of my wedding in my book, Cruisin’ Thru Life Dip Street and Other Miracles.

I believe the publisher of these Chicken Soup books blesses us in many ways.  When we read them we are entertained and enlightened. We then remember our story of a similar situation. If we take the time to record our memories,  then we are passing down the stories of our life, our values, and our faith. There are so many ways to share the story. You can writing, actually recording, texting, or posting it to our children on Facebook or Instagram. And you can submit them to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

This Call out from CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL book series gives you the opportunity to write your romance.

Stories about Love — Finding It and Keeping the Romance Alive

“We’re looking for stories about how you found love. And how you kept it fresh over the years. New love, old love, please warm our hearts with your stories and poems.

PLEASE NOTE THIS BOOK IS FOR ADULTS, NOT FOR TEENS. We’re happy to hear about your high school sweetheart if you ended up together, but we are not looking for stories from current teens about teen relationships.

Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

• The miracle of finding love
• Amazing coincidences that led to you meeting your soul mate
• Dreams that came true about finding your soul mate
• Anything that makes us say “wow” about how you found love!
• Dating adventures
• From “friends” to “lovers”
• Senior dating
• Reconnecting with someone from your past
• Rejoining the dating world after divorce or breakups
• Proposals
• Rekindling romance in a long term relationship
• Anything that entertains our readers or gives them hope that love is around the corner for them, too!
Please remember we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your story in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form.

All stories should be true — we do not publish fiction — and should be no longer than 1,200 words. If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again. If you submitted your story for one of our previous books and we did not publish it, please feel free to submit it to this book if you think it will fit. That way we will be sure it is considered for this new edition.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 complimentary copies of your book. You retain the copyright for your story and you retain the rights to resell it or self-publish it.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is November 30, 2017.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE “SUBMIT YOUR STORY” SECTION OF OUR WEBS

Aug 172017
 

 

Max Lucado’s children’s book: With You All the Way tells of hearing voices..I think we are hear way too many voices. The sad part is if we all shut down and stop listening, we will wake up in a world we do NOT want to be in. So how do we get through the dark forest and sort through the voices to find the way to the castle.

“Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:20-22‬ ‭MSG‬‬
http://bible.com/97/pro.4.20-22.msg

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Jul 312017
 

This is one of the best articles I’ve read lately on writing from K.M. Weiland: a fighter, a writer, a child of God. The award-winning and internationally published author of the best-selling Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. Weiland writes historical and speculative fiction and mentors authors.

This blog made me want to try her questions and buy her books.  A sample of this blog:

A sample of this blog:

Nobody said it better than John Dufresne in The Lie That Tells a Truth:

Place connects characters to a collective and personal past, and so place is the emotional center of story. And by place, I don’t simply mean location. A location is a dot on the map, a set of coordinates. Place is location with narrative, with memory and imagination, with history. We transform a location into a place by telling its stories.

A link to the blog…

Sixteen Question to Ask