Many of you have been kind enough to ask about the progress and publication of The Redwing Saga’s first book, Blood Lies. I’ve talked about writing this series often during the past year, and we’re finally in the homestretch. I submitted my manuscript for final review, and it should be going to the typesetter in a few days.
So, now the website is online! I’ve added a Prologue preview for those who are interested, and many of you have already read it and sent me notes that you’re looking forward to reading more! Thank you!
It’s been a labor of love putting this book together, and now I’m in the editing process on Book Two (Blood Rites). It’s my hope to release it later this year.
It’s been quite a ride since coming on board with SkyWatchTV, but the last fourteen months have brought about a major shift in my health and wellbeing. For those who watch SciFriday, you know that both Derek and I have lost weight over the past year or so. He’s lost about 40 pounds, and I’ve lost 100. As someone who’s dealt with health issues since turning forty, I can tell you that redesigning my body has brought me lots more than winks from my husband. I’ve found greater energy, stamina, and less pain and mental fatigue. I’ve heard from many viewers who want to know my ‘secret’, but the truth is it’s simple: Eat less and choose foods with high nutritional value. In other words, eat for fuel, not for fun or because of emotional needs.
I’ll be writing a book about this next year, but for now, I’d love to hear from you if you need a bit of encouragement on your weight loss journey. If I can do this, anyone can. Our bodies are an essential part of serving the Lord, so it helps to keep them functioning correctly. Cells need a variety of substrates to conduct their business. You can’t starve your way to better health. You can’t fix it with a pill. You can’t make this a short term option, hoping for a quick fix. It’s one meal at a time, one choice at a time. Every day. For the rest of your life. We’re living this life for Christ. Let’s make it count!
Yesterday and today were especially fun at the studio. Filmmakers, Justen and Wes Faull of Fourth Watch Films came in to film Tom Horn, Derek Gilbert (my handsome hubby) and me for an upcoming documentary (ssh, can’t reveal the topic just yet). While here, Justen shared his time with Josh and Christina Peck for a couple of episodes of ‘Into the Multiverse’, discussing all sorts of strange phenomena.
A NEW study released by the National Institutes of Health this morning indicates a strong correlation between childhood hyperopia and poor reading skills. As someone who used to work in eye care and as someone who has dealt with mild hyperopia (far-sightedness) from childhood, I want to urge all parents to make sure their children receive early eye exams. Not only can the eye doctor determine whether or not your child has a corneal imperfection leading to myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism, but there are multiple other and even systemic health problems that can be determined through an eye exam. Don’t wait for the school to notify you that your child might have trouble seeing—take that precious gift to your local optometrist or ophthalmologist by age 3 unless you notice visual abnormalities earlier.
A study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has shown that uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia) in preschool children is associated with significantly worse performance on a test of early literacy.The results of the Vision in Preschoolers-Hyperopia in Preschoolers (VIP-HIP) study, which compared 4- and 5-year-old children with uncorrected hyperopia to children with normal vision, found that children with moderate hyperopia (3 to 6 diopters) did significantly worse on the Test of Preschool Early Literacy (TOPEL) than their normal-vision peers. A diopter is the lens power needed to correct vision to normal. The higher the diopter, the worse the hyperopia.