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GENTalks Episode 14: Stop and Smell the Wildflowers


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Show notes Episode 14 GENTalks: Stop and Smell the Wildflowers


Beginning today with a huge shout out for local singer/songwriter and author, Deanna Wood, who wrote and sings the song “No More Secrets” for the community site, http://www.ourcityonahill.net.

Below are links to the full song, as well as Deanna’s testimony, as shared with Our City.

Deanna is also the author of “Unintended Target”, a Christian mystery and suspense novel. Check it out here:





“No More Secrets” by Deanna Wood https://www.facebook.com/OurCityOnaHill/videos/567070513430438/


“I Will Rejoice” by Deanna Wood



Kaitlin and Katie have another great morning chatting over coffee and inviting you into their conversation. “Stop and smell the wildflowers” is a topic that came from a recent excursion Kaitlin and her fiancé had. It is a celebration of the spontaneous moments in life and the importance of not missing

the sacred sidelines “on the way.”





Wildflower Cafe, Mentone, Alabama: “Enjoy a great meal in our hippie-chic dining areas while being entertained by talented local musicians! The Wildflower Café’s dedicated staff treats you like family and is committed to providing you with an enjoyable dining experience.”


Life is a journey, a long windy road, you might even think you are lost when you start out; it will be exhausting at times; SO, make sure you take the time to pull over!

Life is so much more than just “trying to get there.”


Katie shares the heartbeat of one of her dear friends, Naomi Moseley, a sister in friendship, ministry and the adventurous life. Naomi is a prime example of someone who “stops to smell the wild flowers.”

Check out Naomi’s blog, where she shares her stories of faith, courage and adventure along the Appalachian Trail and wherever God chooses to take her!




Kaitlin and Katie share some of their “good reads”:


“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed


One woman’s story of finding healing in the “hike.”


Katie shares her new reading plan:

Keeping a non-fiction, fiction and craft(as in books on writing or creativity) book going at all times.

Her “good reads” for now are:


“Beautiful Outlaw” by John Eldredge (non-fiction)


“How to Write Short” by Roy Peter Clark (craft)


“Stories of Art and Artists”  – Everyman’s Pocket Classic (fiction)



Additional books mentioned and ones you “gotta get that” (you will understand the weird wording after listening to the podcast:)




http://lovelivesherebook.com (Maria Goff)




Katie also shares a podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, that she listens to regularly and an interview you will not want to miss with Julie Manning:


Also check out another podcast you won’t want to miss, That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs, interview #25 with Rebekah Lyons:


A couple of words are added to our vocabulary tool-belts and Katie shares that her “interesting word search” stemmed from “How to Write Short”: Clark shares the writing short secret of the “effect of a single elegant word – a grace note –  in an otherwise straightforward composition.”

2 New words:)

Definition of xenophobe:

one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin

(Used in a sentence: America began as a melting pot of immigrants but appears to be turning into a crock pot of xenophobes.)


Definition of marginalia:

marginal notes or embellishments (as in a book)


“Marginalia” was the perfect bow to wrap up their conversation.

Leaving margin means we leave room to take notes, to notice,

to stop and smell the wildflowers!


As always, the hope behind this podcast is that it will encourage, maybe make you laugh, cry, and relate, and then go out and start a conversation of your own with someone from a different generation.

We need each other; we have much to glean from one another and we are most definitely

#bettertogether !

About Katie Wilson

Where my faith and creativity collide! A freedom freelancer, prayerful painter and clarion for Christ. #amwriting #Compel Forgiven and Free Living a life that says: COME AND SEE!

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