Columnist writes first novel

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 3, 2016

Lynna Clark invited a young, beautiful  woman into her home and discovered she was not easy to live with.

Clark writes, “Night after night she’d wake me around three in the morning. She’d wear my ears slap out with one situation after another. She made me laugh, she made me cry, she doubted God, and she shared things that hit too close to my heart. Eventually she began bringing her friends into our home.

“My own daddy suggested I start killing some of them off. There were times I seriously considered it and I’m sure David reached that point as well. For when she wasn’t waking me up worrying me half to death, I was continually talking to him about her.”

What in the world is that all about? Clark has created a character and a book. Lydia Miller is the main character in Clark’s first book, “Blue Meadow Farm,” which is available on Amazon for Kindle devices.

Clark describes her character as a bumpkin whose life is upside down. Lydia learns to rely on the Lord as she survives “an emotional crapstorm.”

Clark says their lives are similar, except for the young and beautiful part.

This is the first of a planned series of five novels, Clark writes on her Facebook page.

Learn about geocaching

Does the idea of finding lost treasure tickle your fancy? Do you like to be outside and active? Do you enjoy a challenge that you can share with friends or family?

If any of these appeal to you, you might enjoy the mentally stimulating and moderate physical activity of geocaching. On Tuesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m., Rowan Public Library will present Greg Stienbarger, local educator and geocaching enthusiast for the Summer Reading Program: Exercise Your Mind.

Stienbarger will share his expertise with participants and lead them on a series of geocaching hunts that will show them the ropes and give them the confidence to pursue this activity on their own. The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the South Rowan Regional Library at 920 Kimball Road, China Grove.

Wear comfortable walking shoes as part of the program will be roaming the library grounds looking for caches. Bring a smart device to upload apps for future exploration. The program is free and will be appropriate for the entire family.

On ‘Bookwatch’

Pam Saulsby talks about “Ashley’s High Five For Daddy” on “North Carolina Bookwatch” today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.

Saulsby, a well-known and much-admired Emmy-award winning television news journalist, who grew up in a military family and understands the challenges that children face when their parents are deployed to conflict zones.

Her new book, “Ashley’s High Five For Daddy” is a beautifully illustrated picture book for young readers. It stars Ashley, the feisty daughter of a returning soldier and recounts her successful struggle to understand how and why her beloved dad has changed.

— Deirdre Parker Smith