My name is Debbie and I live in my dream cottage by the sea with my husband and our dog.  Major influences in my life have been Elisabeth Elliot, George Müller, Lettie Cowman, Skip and Barbara Pimentel, and my Mom.  I also consider myself fortunate to have the best friends in the world.

I am a Christian.

My background is primarily in IT (with thanks to my great friend and mentor, Roger), with a little bit of everything else thrown in.  My career was spent working with and troubleshooting PCs and Windows, but I escaped all that (well, not really, I still help my family and friends with theirs) for Apple products.

I am polishing my writing skills (hopefully) with this blog.  While confident in my ability to write documentation and sound research papers, writing in my own voice is something new to me.


I use the following hardware:  MacBook Pro, iPad mini*, iPhone, iPhone, Apple watch, and a Kindle.  I use a Sony DSC-HX80 camera, which I love. A [very] partial list of the software I use is Scrivener, Evernote; Contour, Persona, and Story Mill (from Mariner Software) and Sandvox.  Recently I have fallen in love with a more simple writing app, iA Writer, due to its simple transition of my data from iPad to Mac.

I make extensive use of my Evernote Web Clipper as well as the Grammarly app.

I make daily use of the Scannable app for my iPhone to go paperless and save receipts, invoices, etc. to Evernote.  I also make use of IFTTT (more on this in a later post).

*So sad, my mini is having mini fits, so I had to buy another iPad, and while the iPad Pro is so very alluring, I wanted another mini.  Alas!  Apple has no plans to continue the mini (the 4 is the last) so I was forced to buy the iPad Pro 10.5. Please don’t hate me–I honestly think that the mini suits me better.  We’ll see.

Podcasts & Listening

I subscribe to a number of podcasts.  Here is my current list:

I listen to WBUR, Boston’s NPR radio station.

Other listening includes the sermons, recorded starting in the 1970s (or thereabouts), by David Pawson. These sermons provide me with much-needed insight into my ongoing study of the Bible.

Currently Reading

While I am binge-reading Michael Connelly’s “Bosch” series of books (https://www.michaelconnelly.com/series/#Bosch), I am also reading books related to my passion for what I call “tortured textiles”.   I just went to an exhibit at the Newburyport Art Association (http://newburyportart.org) where I fell in love with Madeleine Murphy’s work (madquilts.com).  Therefore, I am perusing “Slow Stitch: by Claire Wellesley-Smith (Here on Amazon), as well as JoyFul Stitching by Laura Wasilowski (Here on Amazon).  My more serious reading, however, is Ben Rhodes’ “The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House” and is reviewed in the New Yorker: http://bit.ly/2LGGmc6.  I tend to read voraciously and often am involved in several books at one time.