Comparing two works so vastly different such as Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and the 1992 Blockbuster film Encino Man can be quite a feat. The use of language alone presents many challenges. William Shakespeare is known as the father of the English language because he broke so many of the rules of language during the... Continue Reading →
Sexploitation: It’s time to do something
Nathan was just 5 years old when his biological mother began trafficking him, allowing boyfriends and other men to sexually abuse him in exchange for drug money, rent money, groceries, cable tv and a new iPhone. And images of his body were also used in child pornography. He finally entered foster care at age 9,... Continue Reading →
I’m Overwhelmed! Now What?
Have you ever been so completely overwhelmed by a situation it's as if you're drowning in a sea of regret. Have you ever been to the point where you're asking yourself "what if?", or dreaming about "if only I had done things like differently". Or perhaps you've been so completely overwhelmed by a situation that... Continue Reading →
The Big Decision
Two great moments in our lives are, 1) when we are born, and 2) the day we discover why we're born. We were created for a reason. A divine purpose. Our lives are not accidents or fate. Whether your parents were happily married, unhappily married or "hooking up" when you were conceived... Whether you're adopted,... Continue Reading →
How Do We Make a Positive Change in the World Around Us?
How Do We Make a Positive Change in the World Around Us?.
My Husband, My Hero
My husband, Chris, and I have been through a lot in the last 15 years of our relationship. Marriage, job loss, infertility, foreclosure, bankruptcy, four failed adoptions, a major move from Illinois to Colorado, being foster parents to 16 children within a 2 year period (lots of loss involved there), the foster/adoption of our son... Continue Reading →
A Precious Necessity
Nap time is a precious commodity in our home, especially for me. From the moment my daughter's eyes open in the morning until the moment they finally close at night, she's a handful. My own personal two-year-old "tear-up-the-house tornado". My little jabber-jaw. The only peace I get during daytime hours is during her nap time.... Continue Reading →
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately….. Writing is one of the most exhilarating and frustrating things I have ever attempted. It feels so good to get my thoughts down on paper, but being a perfectionist (I guess you could also call it being a Dittmer or OCD),... Continue Reading →
In the beginning……
In the beginning….. What a great way to begin a story; a tremendous story of healing, transformation and salvation. Every writer looks for the perfect opening to their story; a line that captures the hearts and imagination of their readers. One necessity many writers need is inspiration. The old saying “write what you know” is... Continue Reading →
Going Crazy with Formatting
I have spent hours looking over my manuscript.....questioning my methods. Should it be in first person or third person? Should I rewrite it, so that it's geared for an older audience? If I write it just for kids...how do I get it illustrated? I think I should take a break for a few days and... Continue Reading →