I’m looking forward to encouraging the senior adults of South Highland Baptist Church in Little Rock to tell the stories that matter most, especially their faith and family stories.


Date: October 14, 2014
Time: 11:45a.m.-01:00 p.m.
Event: Senior Adults, South Highlands Baptist Church
Topic: Telling the Stories That Matter Most
Sponsor: Senior Adults, South Highlands Baptist Church
Venue: South Highlands Baptist Church
(501) 225-3991
Location: 10200 W. 36th Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 722-4
Public: Public

Looking forward to leading workshop on critiques groups at the Little Rock American Christian Writers on September 9, 2014.

  • What does a good critique group looks like?
  • What are some guidelines for giving a writing critique?
  • How do you know how the best way to respond to another writer’s work?

Have you asked these questions as a writer? I address these issues and more at the September meeting of the Little Rock American Christian Writers. I will also share some important tips that I’ve learned as a writing instructor about responding to the work of other writers.

Date: September 9, 2014
Time: 12:00-01:00 p.m.
Event: Critique Groups: Little Rock American Christian Writers
Topic: Critique Groups
Sponsor: Little Rock American Christian Writers
Venue: FamilyLife
(501) 223-8663
Location: 5800 Ranch Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72223
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

I’m blessed to be part of the Super Summer Send-Off at Bryant Grace Church on Saturday, August 16, 2014. I will be speaking at their Parenting with Prayer Session.

Date: August 16, 2014
Time: 05:00-07:00 p.m.
Event: Parenting with Prayer Session: Super Summer Send-Off, Bryant Grace Church
Topic: Parenting with Prayer
Sponsor: Bryant Grace Church
(501) 847-3720
Venue: Bryant Grace Church
(501) 847-3720
Location: 4200 Hwy 5
Bryant, Arkansas 72022
Public: Public
More Info: Click here for more information.

“Telling Stories That Matter Most” at Cape Girardeau, MO, Christian Women’s Connection on August 11, 2014

Date: August 11, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Event: Stonecroft Christian Women's Connection: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Topic: "Telling Stories That Matter Most"
Sponsor: Stonecroft Ministries: Cape Girardeau Christian Women's Connection
Venue: Elks Lodge
(523) 335-9294
Location: 639 Elks Ln
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Public: Public

“Telling Stories That Matter Most” at the Park Hills Christian Women’s Connection in Park Hills, Missouri, on August 11, 2013.

Date: August 12, 2014
Time: 09:15-11:15 a.m.
Event: Stonecroft Christian Women's Connection: Park Hills, Missouri
Topic: "Telling Stories That Matter Most"
Sponsor: Stonecroft Ministries: Christian Women's Connection: Park Hills, Missouri
Venue: Hampton Inn
(573) 760-8700
Location: 850 Valley Creek Dr.
Farmington, MO 63640
Public: Public

Revising My Website AGAIN


More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that’s special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina. (John Irving)

I’ve written about my need to revise my website in an earlier post, and I compared it to changing a flat tire.

Well, my vehicle needs maintenance again. What can I say? I’m a perfectionist?

Obviously, that is not the case. But I am always trying to make progress. Plus, it’s kind of hard to drive a car with a flat tire.

I experienced that reality a few months ago.

I planned to leave in plenty of time to make my Stonecroft speaking engagement. I knew it would take me about two hours to the drive to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, from my home. So, I felt pretty confident in my ability to make the trip without a hitch as I drove out of my driveway early that morning.

Less than a block from my home, I heard one of my back tires flapping against the pavement. So, I stopped my vehicle to take a look at the problem.

A flat tire!

“What do I do?” I call my husband who works an hour away. His work requires him to be a problem solver, and he’s a perfect fit for that job. So, who else would I call, right?

“You’ll need to see if you can inflate the tire so you can drive the car to get it fixed.

I groaned, “Inflate the tire?”

“If you can’t do that, you’ll either need to put the spare on the car or call for road service.”

“But I have to be in Pine Bluff by lunch! And I’ve never changed a flat before!”

I felt my blood pressure rising. I was already dressed to speak to an audience of about 100 women. What would happen if I didn’t show up?

Long story … I DID make it to my speaking event–five minutes before I was scheduled to speak on the subject of “worry.”

“What are you worried about today?” I began my presentation with my prepared introductory question.

I chuckled as I asked that question, thinking of how the topics I speak and write about always reflect my life.

Several women in the audience even giggled.

But about that time, I had eye contact with the event planner. She was not laughing.

Revisions. My timing always seems to be off with my website revisions. Right now, I’m awaiting the response of several publishers concerning my latest book proposal. I know they might be trying to find my blog archives. But my previous blogs are hidden in cyberspace right now under my old weblinks–www.karenjordan.net and www.karenbarnesjordan.com.

What can I say? Life happens, right?

I could worry. I’m not a web developer! I haven’t been trained in marketing! I just want to “tell the stories that matter most”! 

So, I just tell myself, This is just another lesson in patience and revisions. And I’m sure it will offer more fodder for future stories.

What lessons have you learned about revisions or patience lately? 

Mother’s Day and Monday Morning Reflections


Today, I shared a couple of Mother’s Day thoughts on two other blogs. So, I wanted to share those posts with you and an update on my blog revisions. 

Blog revision. I’m still working on my blog and website revisions. But I plan need to continue adding new posts here, so I can keep in touch with you during that process.

So, be sure to subscribe for my posts via email and leave your comments! I love hearing from you!

Now, for a look at my posts today on The StoryWriting Studio and A Common Bond.

Photo/KarenJordan“Surviving Mother’s Day Blues”
The StoryWriting Studio

How did Mother’s Day go for you this year?

A time of joyful celebration? Or a mixture of bittersweet memories?

Mothers’ Day often brings a mixed bag of emotions for me. Even though it’s been several years since my mothers’s death, Mothers’ Day still brings some melancholy moments for me. [Read more here.]


“If I Could Go Back in Time”
A Common Bond

“If you could go back in time … what would you do differently?”

My friend, Mary Larmoyeux, asked this question on her grandparenting blog, Grand Connection. She explained, “Sometimes I wonder what I would do differently if I could somehow turn back the hands of time and be a young mother again … knowing what has taken me decades to learn.” Mary also asked her readers, “What would you do differently as a young mom … knowing what you now know.” [Read more here.]

Does it help for me to post links to my other online work on this blog? If that will help you find me online, I will start posting those links regularly here. Let me know what you think, okay?




Mother’s Day: Remembering Mother

Photo/BurnelleAllenBarnesBaizeWhen I arrived at Mother’s doorstep, I heard loud wails and intense sobbing inside. I recognized my mother’s voice, so I opened the door and rushed in without knocking. Mother sat on the edge of her rocking chair with her hands covering her face.

My sister, Cathy, frowned and shrugged her shoulders as our eyes met. She sat next to Mother on a stool, tissues in hand, ready to provide whatever comfort she would accept.

“Mother?” I hurried across the room and embraced her.

“She’s been like this all day,” Cathy explained as she fought back the tears.

I’m excited to present “A Word about Worry” at Trinity Baptist Church, Texarkana, Arkansas, for their Mother’s Day Event on Sunday morning, May 11, 2014.

Date: May 11, 2014
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Event: Trinity Baptist Church Women's Event
Topic: A Word about Worry
Sponsor: Trinity Baptist Church
(870) 779-1007
Venue: Trinity Baptist Church
(870) 779-1007
Location: 3115 Trinity Boulevard Texarkana, Arkansas 71854
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.