I love what people can do with their hands, voices, and minds to create things of beauty. I have so many talented friends, and I'm using this page to brag about them. The links to their websites are the words in red.
Sword and Key This website is run by friends of mine: Keith and Sara Boepple. As public speakers, actors, and writers, they have similar backgrounds to mine. They have offerings of plays and speeches, and hopefully a couple of books in the future. They toured in Covenant Players for 20 years, working in the U.S., Canada, China, and Germany.
David H. Ingram is a musician/songwriter, artist, film critic, and award-winning writer. His short story, “A Good Man of Business,” appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (Jan 2011 edition) and won the Robert L Fish Award for the best first mystery for the 2012 Edgar Awards. David and his wife Dawn have been dear friends of mine for three--count 'em--three! decades. Dawn pastors a church in Arthur IL. You can get to David's website where he shares about his writing by clicking on his name. For his movie reviews, go to his Omnivorous Cinephile site.
Penni Jo Blatterman Penni Jo is a singer/song writer, actress, director, and good friend. She is releasing a CD of some of the songs she has written. You can listen to demos of these songs on her YouTube channel. She has been with Covenant Players for more than 20 years, serving most of that time in Germany where she lives with her husband Larry and their daughter.
Erik Petersen Formerly of Covenant Players, he and his wife Lisa toured the U.S. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. After leaving the Players, they lived in New Zealand where they raised their two daughters. They are now working in London, England with Operation Mobilization. Erik has written a novel Steel Whispers, and the link I've included here is for the Kindle edition.
Beth Robins is an inspiration to me. A few years ago she started making hot and cold therapy packs for her friends, and with her passion for helping people feel better, she launched her L'il Hotties business. As she says, it helps pay her mortgage! She lives in Kamloops BC, and her biggest passion is for her kids.
Sometimes an artist just gets it right, somehow conveying beauty, heart, pain, joy, hope--so many things with just the strokes of a paint brush on canvas. David Maier is one of those artists--and he'll paint on just about anything! Check out the beautiful pictures on his website.
Artistc genius can be found in many places, as Marcie Macari proves. She owns and operates The Essential Bakery in Fergus, Ont., which specializes in gluten-free fare--all of it created with true flare. A trained holistic nutritionist, Marcie understands the science of food, and as an artist, she understands beauty. The combination is irresistible.
Changed By Love is a breakfast program for kids in Peru. My friend Bill Lipman runs it. He's had a passion for feeding hungry kids most of his life. He shares some of his story on the website, as well as heart-warming pictures of the kids.
The Longing Soul is a blog by Katie Bjärgvide. I've never met Katie except through mutual friends on Facebook. A member of the Covenant Players, she is living the life on the road I lived in the 80s and 90s, and she has impressed me with her sweet spirit and wisdom.
Melodie Laber Chapman is a musician and she shares some of her music on her site.
After spending several years on the road with Covenant Players, Kathy Johnston knows what it's like to stay in many different homes with many different hosts. Now she's putting that knowledge to good use as a host. She owns and operates a Bed and Breakfast on the beautiful Oregon coast: Ruby Wrays Coastal Home.