Linda Bittle - West Plains, Missouri 65775

This is Not Where I Thought I Was Going

Life IS hard and messy and beautiful. Embrace it all.

#1-Wildfire, or Welcome to My Blog

How does a Missouri farm girl wind up in Idaho watching the smoke from a wildfire that threatens to consumer her adopted town, anyway? That’s a complicated question. The simplest answer is that my husband made plans that did not…
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#25 – Am I Still A Hunter?

Spring time, generally March through May, is turkey hunting season throughout the lower 48 states. As spring time weather moves north across the country, turkey season follows. States set seasons to coincide with the spring breeding season, when male turkeys…
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I’m a Proud Chicken Soup Author!

April 14th was the publication date for my first story in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. “Laughter is the Best Medicine” is a collection of 101 funny stories, and I am so proud to be included! Knowing that…
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My Covid-19 Communion

On Friday I stopped at the grocery store, careful to keep a 6 foot distance from the masked shoppers who eyed me warily for symptoms. I needed milk, some fresh veggies, and dog food. And grape juice and crackers for…
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#24- Weirder Still

I kind of thought that my life couldn’t get any weirder after my encounter with God in a hospital bathroom. I recovered quickly, went back to work, and back to my life. I almost forgot about that weird thing that…
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Enjoy this free PDF copy of A Gift of Gratitude

“There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.” ~Charles Caleb Colton All of the authors in this book have retained their rights,…
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#23- The Part Where Things Get Weird

Here’s the point in my story where I have to write about something kind of weird so that the next installment will make sense. I’ve tried half a dozen times to get this post completed, and I’ve chickened out each…
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Thanksgiving Blessings

Today we sit at the bountiful table and give thanks for our many blessings. I’ve created a 1-page file for you to use to track your blessings today! You can download and save or print the PDF file or the…
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# 22- Anger Management

People who know me primarily through my Facebook page will probably be surprised to find out that I struggle with anger management. Perhaps it’s time to come clean about that. Many years ago, I decided to start a gratitude journal…
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# 21- Inspirational Stories Are Hard to Tell

It’s counter-intuitive, but the closer I get to writing about the most inspirational year of my life, the harder it is for me to sit down and actually do it. Followers of my story may have noticed that I’ve stalled…
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#20-Yellowstone Journal, Part 2

I don’t think Yellowstone has changed much since my childhood visit in 1972. Oh, there are more cars, more tour buses, more parking spaces, lots more people – and the resulting trash and general chaos. Still, the Park endures with…
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