A Well-known Storyteller, Author and Inspirational Speaker


Psalm 92:12-15 NIV

The righteous will flourish like the palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright, he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

             I love this Psalm!  It is a Psalm of praise that I love to quote from and it is one of the loveliest from beginning to end!  Like Psalm 23 that we all love, it begins speaking OF the Lord and changes over to speaking TO Him!  In this one the Psalmist hardly gets a word out of his mouth when he suddenly begins speaking to the Lord!  “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre, and the melody of the harp.”  It is a song of praise and ends with the words I quoted at the start of this.

I am praising the Lord today because I am getting a new website and this one is green! It is almost April, the Queen of months!  She is donning her beautiful new dress of green and showing the world that new life is all about us.  I am thrilled that my webmaster designed this new site for me, and how did he know that I was extremely unhappy with the old site?  He did this out of the blue for me, and if the Lord did not put that bug in his ear, then who did?

I assure you, I did not ask for green—how did he know this would please me?  And he gave me a special place for favorite scripture verses!  How did he know?  He made it simple to use to accommodate my lack of tech savvy.  As I look it over, I am very happy that all my past blogs are here!  Nothing good is lost and now everything is “fresh and green” just like the Lord likes to keep things—he’s always busy making everything new!  He keeps me fresh and green!

I am sitting high on a hilltop, tossing all my troubles to the moon!  For the Lord seems to say, “Don’t you worry!   You’ll be in Virginia very soon! Here near the sky on the hilltop, I can say the world is all in tune, and I forget all the hasty times and hurry, Knowing that the Lord has planned a boon!

This is my new gooseberry bush where I come running

When I want to share my thoughts with you,

Or when I want to tell a funny story

Or write a silly verse or maybe two.

For the next few days I will be busy getting ready for my trip to Virginia where I’ll get to meet up with dear old friends and sweet family members!  I will get to teach storytelling again!  And I will present Pilate’s wife, Claudia. My book, Under the Gooseberry Bush, I will sign for anyone who wants it.

Some of the words from Longfellow’s Psalm of Life are good to remember!   “Life is real.  Life is earnest; and the grave is not its goal.  Dust thou art, to dust returneth– was not spoken of the soul. Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and departing leave behind us, footprints on the sands of Time.

To say I am excited to be writing a new greeting to you on my new website is a masterpiece of understatement—that old saying is perfect for this time and place.  I am thrilled and happy today because it is a new website, but it’s made to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love!  And He always guides me to tell it gently as to a little child!  This I love to do, for I have never forgotten how it feels to be a little child; how I loved to pull the curtain on my play area and shut the world out to be there in my own little world; to climb up on my chair and look out over the mountain ranges and to dream dreams of far away places with strange sounding names.

There will be a place for you to respond on my new site.  I like it much better than the other one, and you will too!


  1. max says:

    Carol Satz

    March 24, 2014 – 1:23 PM
    I am enjoying reading Under the Gooseberry Bush again and again and again sooo VERY MUCH!!! Each time I read it, I find something new and exiting in your wonderful memoirs…and I think again and again and again how INCREDIBLE YOU ARE!!! Love, Carol

  2. max says:

    Carol Satz

    March 24, 2014 – 1:17 PM
    Happy Birthday, DEAR Mackie!!!
    Love from your Storytelling Friends of the National Storytellers League

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