Nettye Johnson at Livingston Parish Book Festival

The Livingston Parish Book Festival is back and Nettye Johnson will be in the Author Alley with “Put Your Faith Where Your Fork Is” and a new release.  

The book festival is Livingston Parish Library’s annual free celebration for all ages. This day has something for everyone. Events include Author Alley, book talks by graphic novelist Kody Chamberlain and local author Charlie Spillers, bounce house, interactive giant bubble making, the maker tent and face painting, virtual reality, 3D printing, kids jamboree, line dancing and more.

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The festival will be held at the Livingston Parish Main Library, November 4, 2017 from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free.  For more information go to



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Cherry Health Benefits and Recipes

Better than candy.

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The tart/sweet nutrient dense cherry is packed with vitamin C, fiber, potassium, melatonin, and antioxidants. Cherries have health benefits linked to the prevention of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and inflammatory diseases.

Growing up, our next door neighbors had a cherry tree in their yard. I was a happy girl when the Nole kids invited us over to play, pick and eat from the tree.

When cherries are in season, I try to keep a bowl of cherries in the fridge so my family can snack on them at will. The tart pop of skin followed by the squish of cold sweet cherry flesh and juice… YUM!

I also like to use cherries as the fruit element in my seasonal salad. Here are a few other ideas. (Click images to go to recipes.)

Use cherries…

In a chicken salad – Cherry Chicken Salad by Caroline Edwards

Cherry Chicken Salad by Caroline Edwards

I’d replace the chicken with tofurkey.
In a smoothie – Coconut Cherry Smoothie by Martha Stewart

Coconut cherry smoothie by Martha Stewart


In an energy ball – Chocolate Cherry Walnut Energy Balls by Liz DellaCroce
 Chocolate Cherry Walnut by Energy Bites by Liz DellaCroce

In a sandwich – Cherry Basil Provolone Grilled Cheese by Lindsey Cotter
Cherry Grilled Cheese by Lindsey Cotter


And for balance, in a decadent dessert – Chocolate Chip Cherry Blondies by Averie Sunshine
Cherry Blondie by Averie Sunshine

What is your favorite use for cherries?

Happy healthy eating!

Reference – National Institute of Health

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Vacation of Rest

Will, the kids and I are back from a short, much needed, much appreciated vacation.
We got out of dodge and celebrated Will’s birthday in the way he wanted (and I sho nuff needed) – focused family time, active rest, and rejuvenation.

It was great.

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We dined (alot), napped (alot), swam, played games, toured a city, remembered a king, and hiked a mountain.

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NJ Fam Going Up Stone Mountain

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I thoroughly enjoyed my family, expanded my book distribution, got in daily workouts, studied, prayed, stilled myself, listened and prepared for an upcoming keynote message.

God is good.

I thank Him for my man, our children, and this time of refreshing.

In her book Breathe, Priscilla Shirer reminds us of the God-given gift of rest. She writes:

One of the greatest challenges amount women in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God’s greatest gifts.

Can you relate?


Matthew 11:28

Genesis 2:2

Exodus 20:9-10

Psalm 127:2

Psalm 4:8

Psalm 23:1-3

Mark 6:30-32

I’m learning and living boundaries. Margin. Rest.

It is glorious.

Do you obey God’s direction/protection and rest regularly? If so, what is your favorite way to relax and recharge?

If not, what gets in the way? Pray and make the needed change.


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