Melissa Frey

Fiction Writer, Freelancer for Hire, and Paleo Enthusiast

Yet Another Reminder of the Faithfulness of God

Yet Another Reminder of the Faithfulness of God

I just got back from a walk around our neighborhood. I thought I wanted to walk, but then once I was out there, I wished I had just stayed home. (Isn’t it supposed to work the opposite of that?) But I was determined to walk at least a mile. (This is a new habit for me, no judgment.)

Eventually, the walking got a little easier, and with some good tunes pumping through my earbuds, I actually was getting through it. I think I was almost smiling! (Short aside: It’s been in the high 80s here for like a week and a half – and I was LOVING it – but the heat broke today and it was a little chilly. Depressing.)

Then I rounded a corner, turned toward my house. Guess what I saw? One small, yet brightly lit, little section of a rainbow. Then, as I started smiling, these lyrics came over my earbuds (on a completely secular song, by the way):

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A Food Post (and Some Writing Stuff Too)

September 2017 Whole30

As some of you may know, I love Paleo food. And this month, in September, my husband and I (along with a bunch of new online friends) are doing a Whole30! If you haven’t heard of the program, it’s a life-changing experience. I’ve done it more times than I can count!

So in honor of our Whole30 this month, I wanted to share a pic of my Paleo, Whole30 “Ramen” bowl we had for dinner tonight. YUM.

Whole30 Ramen Bowl

Doesn’t that look yummy? Sweet potato noodles with spinach, mushrooms, half a boiled egg, carrots, chicken, and sauerkraut on top for a sour bite! Definitely one we’ll put in the rotation.

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So this post can’t all be about food, I know. I wanted to briefly share what’s been going on with my writing.

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Codex Series – Book #2 Update

Codex Series - Book #2 Update

Since I’ve been writing like crazy these days (and am making a lot of progress on my second novel!), I figured it was time for a book update. Yay! Writing is my favorite thing; seriously, like my absolute favorite thing (besides spending time with my hubby, of course), so I love when I get to share it with you!

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova – Book Review

Still Alice

Because my day job is committed to ensuring its employees receive adequate training to succeed, I had the fortunate opportunity to be a part of a class with required reading. Yes, you read that right. REQUIRED READING. (Shush! No bad words on this blog!)

But it actually was pretty great. I got back into the groove of reading again, even if most of the books were non-fiction and I had no time for the fiction book I started after Christmas (I’ll get to you sometime, The Chemist), and it really helped me improve as a person.

Then the final reading assignment was handed out, and I was tasked to read Still Alice by Lisa Genova. (I work in senior care and the class was through a statewide senior care advocacy agency.) If you’re not familiar with the book, as I wasn’t until it was handed to me, it’s about a Harvard professor who gets diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. And let me tell you, it was LIFE CHANGING. And I don’t say that often.

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15 Things Linkin Park Taught Me About Life

Linkin Park

Last week, Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington, took his own life. I am saddened anytime a life is lost, but this one hit me harder than I expected. Linkin Park’s first album came out when I was in high school (I know, I’m dating myself), and their music was an integral part of my becoming an adult.

So this death, like too many others before it, got me thinking. I wondered how someone gets to a point where it seems like the only option is giving up. I wondered how I would react if it was someone close to me. I wondered how someone so successful (at least to the outside world) could consider his life worth ending.

Then I thought about it in the context of my own life, and how short life really is. Not all of our lives will end so tragically, by our own hands, but we are never promised tomorrow. So I thought about the lessons I’ve learned since high school, ones that Linkin Park’s music taught me.

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