Blogger’s Early Bird Special

13 Jan

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Author, Poet and ArtistTuesday evening we had a blogger’s early bird dinner at Sweet Tomatoes in Orlando. Onisha, Bill, and I rode over together from our town on the East Coast, One of Louise’s daughters brought her, and the other met us there. Judy and Fred brought Janet Perez Eckles. Onisha’s daughter, Rebekah Lyn met us and we all sat at the table and told our tales with a great deal of laughter thrown in.

The one thing that separated the group from most others was the spirit of encouragement and validation show by everyone there to everyone else. You could even promote it to respect and admiration. Someone mentioned that Louise should be elected poet laureate of the Old Things are New blogging group. Janet Eckles who has gone to the same church with Judy and Fred for many years said, “They are the true salt of the earth. I wanted each of them to know that Onisha is a gifted publicist and technology expert, Also it was important that they realized how much of a servant’s heart Bill has. He thinks a day in which he hasn’t had a chance to help anyone is a wasted day. We were all amazed at the joy and comfort the Lord has given to Janet in the face of adversity and how He is using her. You can see her story on the All Things R New video sent out Wednesday, January 8. I told about Rebekah Lyn Books and its founder Rebekah and how much knowledge and experience she has in publishing her fine novels Indie style and she was gracious enough to share some of that knowledge with us. It was a wonderful time together, and I’m hoping we’ll probably make it an annual event. You know how quickly those years roll around. Here’s a little of what the others had to say about it:


It began with hugs, ended with more hugs, and in between was filled with the crackling excitement of freely flowing creativity and fun.


It’s always fun for me to meet new people. I think one of the most interesting aspects of the evening is that we all had a common interest (writing) and even though our writing interests were different, we sparked each other, similar to “clustering” or “networking” without even knowing we were doing it. Each person had their own brand of writing, but as the evening progressed, you could feel the different brands begin to mingle together in a very natural way. It was fun to watch it happening and be a part of it too

Judy and Fred

We shared a joyous time together with our fellow bloggers. While we knew everyone but one, it was such fun to meet that one (and her daughters), and finally join personality with faces. But just to connect in this way filled us up.

Janet Perez Eckles

It’s one thing to have a delightful dinner with friends. It’s another to bring home a treasure chest of laughter, insight, encouragement, joy and theexpectation of more memories.

That’s what I found last evening when I met a precious group of talented, tenderhearted, fun-loving new friends. God surely smiled at me while we chatted…Dancing the salsa of gratitude as my life is now richer with these new best friends I just met last evening!

Louise Gibson

It was such a heartwarming experience meeting everyone last evening. Such a friendly group of people that reached out to one another in Christian love. A meeting of the minds, so to speak. My poem this week is about friendships. I had just completed it before I checked my e-mail. I don’t feel qualified to speak for the group, but I was so pleased to meet all of you. Even though we had never met in person, I felt so comfortable meeting all of you. I truly felt blessed. I felt so truly blessed. I thank God for the experience, and I thank all of you for welcoming both of my daughters. They loved meeting all of you. To be able to bond with people is an act of God, so our gratitude is to Him directly.

Left to right-Judy Wills, DiVoran Lites, Onisha Ellis, Lynn Shepherd (web genius) Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles, Back row Bill Lites

Left to right-Judy Wills, DiVoran Lites, Onisha Ellis, Lynn Shepherd (web genius) Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles, Back row Bill Lites

4 Responses to “Blogger’s Early Bird Special”

  1. timelessitaly January 13, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Thank you for a heartwarming post…this is what grouping together should be. You have a bucketload of new friends who encourage and inspire!! Now that is a blessing….


    • Old Things R New January 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

      It truly is a blessing.


    • Louise Gib son May 16, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      timelessitaly, I appreciate that you follow our blog so faithfully, and always have something positive to say. Thank you.


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