#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

An overdue update

I’m really late this time, but I’m pretty sure you’ll forgive me when you find out why.

My aunt, Billie Wiley, was in a serious auto accident on Thursday, and she’s in intensive care.  Please pray for her.

While you’re at it, I hope you’ll lift up my niece, Angela, her husband, Taylor, and their unborn baby boy.  He’s been threatening to come early, though he’s not due until August 12.

Finally, there’s my former wrangler, Chris.  He’s very ill.

That said, there are ‘normal’ happenings to report, too.  Bernice and I went on our usual mail runs yesterday and today, and took our afternoon walks, AND went to the grocery store.  She’s tuckered out and so am I.  I got myself a wicked sunburn yesterday, watching my nephew, Jerome, play baseball.  (Lesson learned.  Next time, I’ll wear a hot, sunglasses and lots of sun-block!)  The game was held at Avista Stadium, here in Spokane, and although the other team won, Jerome and his team played their best right up to the end.  I did a lot of cheering!

I’ve been making artist trading cards during free moments–that helps me stay calm, along with prayer and my pyramid meditations.

I’m listening to a fascinating memoir called STRUCK BY GENIUS.  The author is Jason Padgett, and his story is amazing.  About ten years ago, he was assaulted on  a Tacoma street and suffered brain injuries.  He soon developed a condition called synesthesia, became a savant, and started seeing the world in a totally unique way–he sees geometric patterns in everything, light, trees, people, everything.  Essentially, he sees energy–trails of it behind moving vehicles, for example.  Always poor at math, now he exhibits an astounding grasp of the subject, drawing pictures of fractals–whatever those are–and understands very sophisticated concepts.  Mr. Padgett believes, as do many scientists, that all of us possess this ability, although most of us don’t access it for whatever reason.  It’s interesting to think that human beings may be evolving in that direction–without getting bonked on the head first.

My peonies are finally blooming—and there are still some dazzling tulips to admire, too.  Some are red and white, reminding me of peppermint candy, and some are so fluffy that they really resemble peonies and roses.  I’m not doing as much gardening this year as I’d hoped, but I do plan on raising crops of zinnias and a few tomatoes. 

I’m hoping to blog tomorrow, and to work on the new book.  Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.  You are very important to me, and I really love writing these posts and reading your comments.  The new contest begins tomorrow as well–so do comment.

Finally, a belated announcement of last week’s contest winners.  (Jenni is back, so things will go more smoothly after this, I promise.)  They are: Laska Bull and Dee.  Congratulations to both of you! 


52 comments to “An overdue update”

  1. linda
      · May 25th, 2014 at 11:45 pm · Link

    I’m planning to wear a hat, not a ‘hot’. :)

  2. Debbie Morgan
      · May 25th, 2014 at 11:46 pm · Link


    • linda
        · May 25th, 2014 at 11:51 pm · Link

      Thanks, Debbie.

  3. Paula L Rollins
      · May 25th, 2014 at 11:54 pm · Link

    I believe you meant to say HAT ….. sorry you got sunburned…. do not fry your brain….we all need your brain working to write us the awesome books you do…Prayers coming your way for all the sick and injured folks…GOD BLESS

  4. Terri Shortell
      · May 25th, 2014 at 11:58 pm · Link

    Praying for your family and friend. Take care of the sunburn and yourself during this stressful time. Congrats to the winners. Have a great Memorial Day everyone.

  5. Debbie Allen
      · May 26th, 2014 at 12:00 am · Link


    My thoughts and prayers go out to all. I fell asleep on a dock for 4 hours as a teenager and was so burnt that it took 20 mins to just sit down. I also got sunburned while watching a baseball tournament that my husband was umpiring in. It really is not funny and makes you realize that sunscreen and a hat help. You would have though I learned my lesson from the dock.

  6. Rita
      · May 26th, 2014 at 12:04 am · Link

    Sending my thought and prayers for your loved ones and for all those missing loved ones for memorial day. I should tell you ,that you have helped me by example, I have always tried to finish a book, but seeing you say when something is too dark or violent, you have put it aside, gave me the “permission” to do just that,and I am okay with that,instead of feeling guilty about it. THANKS.

  7. Rosemary
      · May 26th, 2014 at 12:06 am · Link


  8. Diana E.
      · May 26th, 2014 at 12:28 am · Link

    Oh Linda, I’m so sorry to hear about your Aunt, Niece and family and Chris. Of course I will pray for all of them and you too. Thats alot going on for you.
    Thinking about all our loved ones we’ve lost and those who gave their lives serving our wonderful country this weekend. God bless America.

  9. Lorraine Pitts
      · May 26th, 2014 at 12:32 am · Link

    Praying for all. Happy Memorial Day!!!! Have a great week!!!

  10. Peggy Casey
      · May 26th, 2014 at 12:46 am · Link

    I too have been praying for Billie. I hold her close in my heart, not only for all the years she provided us with incredible nourishment of the body at the school, but as she worked so closely with my mom over all those years, she became a beloved family member as well. She and mom would get each other laughing as they prepared the breakfast and lunch menus each day and it was such a treat to pop in and see what kind of mischief they were cooking up in addition to the homemade pizza or ever popular dinner rolls that were light enough to float away on thier own if they didn’t slather them with butter! I regret that I haven’t been up to visit her as she always shares such wonderful stories and memories of working with mom. I really enjoyed seeing the pictures of her recent birthday party, her spirit still shines through her eyes and that mischivious smile. She is an Angel of God here on earth and I pray that he wraps her in his healing arms and provides relief from the pain of her injuries. My prayers are with the family as well during this difficult time. Love you all! Peg

  11. Gloria
      · May 26th, 2014 at 12:52 am · Link

    Congratulations to Laska Bull and Dee on your win. I never did see who won Friday, the 16th, but you said someone won, and I congratulated whomever it was. :-D

    I am so very sorry about your family and Chris. I will add them to my prayer list. I pray that all of them will heal and get a lot better before this day is through.

    I also pray you have a good week ahead.

  12. Mary Goodman
      · May 26th, 2014 at 2:28 am · Link

    Congratulations to Laska Bull and Dee ,I will keep your family and Chris in my prayers

  13. Eileen Kolick
      · May 26th, 2014 at 6:24 am · Link

    So sorry to hear about your families trials right now. They are in my prayers and I know prayer works! Keep calm and do what I do with my troubles ” let go and let God” An old go-worker told me this in a particularly painful period in my life. It works! God bless you and your family

  14. Lois Rotella
      · May 26th, 2014 at 7:09 am · Link

    My prays ate going for you Aunt, Niece and her family, and Chris. Take of your sunburn. It seems you were very busy this week. Meant are not ate. Happy Memorial Day. Wishing all well both humans and animals.

  15. Gwyn Beams
      · May 26th, 2014 at 7:46 am · Link

    my prayers to you and yours. :wink: :lol:

  16. Pam monast
      · May 26th, 2014 at 8:39 am · Link

    So sorry you and your family are having a rough time. I hope things are better soon!!

  17. Emily
      · May 26th, 2014 at 8:44 am · Link

    I am praying for all of your family. I know that prayers work!

  18. Anita C
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:04 am · Link

    Prayers for your loved ones winging your way! Enjoy your flowers and art and find peace in those quiet moments that fill our souls. I know that now spring is finally here, that is exactly what I am doing! And being thankful to all the veterans in my family and friends, and all the other military personnel that keep our country safe and free! In memory of those fallen and for those that survived, I thank them all profoundly. Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

  19. Gwenda Underwood
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:13 am · Link

    Praying for all you have listed & you also!!

  20. Linda Wilson
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:22 am · Link

    You and your family are in my nightly prayers since you were sick, I will give extra prayers to the rest and please let us know how they are doing.

  21. Virginia Horton
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:27 am · Link

    Praying for your family!

  22. Ruby Norwood
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:42 am · Link

    So sorry to hear about your family trials right now. I will keep all of them in my prayers daily. As for as the sunburn I have been there and done that many, many times. My little grandson plays baseball. we thought we was through, but, he made All Stares so we will be playing right on for awhile. Please keep us updated on your family, because I know prayers do work.

  23. judy
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:45 am · Link

    May God be with the people in your family that need him more right now. Congrats to the winners.

  24. Brenda I.
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:51 am · Link

    I pray that everything goes well with your Aunt Billie, your niece Angela and her husband and family and your former employee Chris.

    Take care.

  25. Marcy Collins
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:52 am · Link

    Linda my thoughts, prayers and virtual hugs are being sent to you and those in your circle who are having bumps in their path of life.

  26. Lynn
      · May 26th, 2014 at 10:24 am · Link

    So sorry for your troubles. Hopefully they will all come out well. Prayers being sent up. Take care. God bless.

  27. ,carol
      · May 26th, 2014 at 10:29 am · Link

    Happy Memorial Day! Will be praying for all those that you mentioned, hope all goes well for them! Congrats to the winners, I got to get ready for work! have a great day!

  28. Diane
      · May 26th, 2014 at 11:48 am · Link

    Praying for all, and hoping for the best!

  29. Ida C
      · May 26th, 2014 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Sending prayers for everyone and healing thoughts! Here’s hoping baby slows down a little while too, although they seem to have wee minds of their own. Blessings to everyone and enjoy your Memorial Day! ;)

  30. Juanita Rice
      · May 26th, 2014 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Praying for those injured and ill. Best to you, Linda.

  31. Cecelia Kelsey
      · May 26th, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and family of the injured and ill. I hope everyone recovers soon.

  32. rita hutcheson
      · May 26th, 2014 at 3:51 pm · Link

    So sorry , sending prayers. I sure hope that baby can stay inside until a closer date. As I live in Lewiston, Idaho I’am not that far from Spokane and understand about the flowers. Ours here in the banana belt have bloomed and my ponies are now coming out. I wish my Lilacs hadn’t been rained out I love them they smell so nice. Take care

  33. rita heading
      · May 26th, 2014 at 6:45 pm · Link

    My prayers for your aunt and your niece and her family. My granddaughter just miscarried and it is a very deep loss to all who may also be facing the same. Thanks for your great books and am looking forward to the next one out. Be well, be happy and know God loves you.

  34. Rita
      · May 26th, 2014 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Reading the comments I am so thrilled to see so.many Rita’s.Too Cool

  35. Patti
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:04 pm · Link

    Sending prayers to you and those you love.

  36. Dixie
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Praying and trusting God to hear and answer all the prayers for your loved ones and the little one to stay safe with mommy for a while longer. Also lifting up Chris.
    I just became aware of your sight so this is my first time writing but it won’t be my last.
    I have just started Weight Watcher also so your sharing is really an encouragement to me.
    I love your storys, they are super

  37. Dorothy Hilton
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:42 pm · Link

    I have seen your new book, The Marriage Pact in stores already. I’m planning on picking it up tomorrow. It sounds like it’s beautiful in Spokane. I hope all your family gets to feeling better. Many prayers to you and your family.

  38. Shirley Miller
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Sending positive thoughts your way, Linda, and lighting a candle in my heart.

  39. Dixie
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Praying and trusting God to touch and heal your Aunt Billie, for your niece and her husband, that God will keep the little fella safe with mommy until it is HIS perfect time to be born, and not forgetting Chris and a special healing touch for him as well.
    This is my first time since I was unaware of the sight until tonight,it won’t be my last time here :) I love your stories,as soon as I finish one I’m picking up the next one.
    I just joined Weight Watcher and your ‘reports” are very encouraging.

  40. Ann Bartholomew
      · May 26th, 2014 at 9:53 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear of family health issues and emergencies. I know many prayers are being offered for them. Tomorrow, 5/27, is a big day. I’ll be heading to Barnes and Nobel to get the new book!

    Spring flowers are beautiful in KY also, although our peonies are through. I’ve always suspected they are your favorites since you mention them, white especially, in several of your books.

  41. Cindy Zint
      · May 26th, 2014 at 11:21 pm · Link

    Keeping you and your family and friends in my prayers! Sending you a ((((HUG))))! :-) <3

  42. debbie g
      · May 26th, 2014 at 11:43 pm · Link

    Linda, sorry so late in commenting but you know computers, they do what they want to do when they want to do whatever they……..ugh, grrrrrrrr. Thoughts and prayers are sent for your family members and wrangler. For you also, as such circumstances effect the thoughts and heart of those family members awaiting out comes.

    To those who gave all for us and for those who gave parts of themselves, either physically or emotionally we thank you and salute you.

  43. Andrea Lammly
      · May 27th, 2014 at 8:29 am · Link

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you Linda and all your intentions. Wishing them all God’s blessings.

  44. Marilyn Hurst
      · May 27th, 2014 at 9:01 am · Link

    Blessings, and good wishes to all those who are in need in your family. You and Bernie, don’t get to hot or dehydrated on your travels and take care of the sunburn. White vinegar and cool water will help a bit. Have a great week.

  45. Joyce M.
      · May 27th, 2014 at 9:33 am · Link

    I’ll pray for everyone and that the baby is patient.

  46. Jo Anne
      · May 27th, 2014 at 10:18 am · Link

    Praying for them all. And, I am going to pick up the new series today. So excited.

  47. Dixie Hadley
      · May 27th, 2014 at 10:38 am · Link

    Hoping for a good report on all the family members and friend as we all continue to pray. praying for peace for you during these difficult days.

  48. Dotty Weis
      · May 27th, 2014 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Linda So sorry to hear that you are having so many friends who are ill and in need of prayers. I will say a prayer for them

  49. Valdi M
      · May 27th, 2014 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Maybe you could wear a hot hat. That would solve part of your problem. As a watcher of my two granddaughters, who both love softball, and often play double headers, I have to watch the sun also. I always take my big black umbrella. It helps keep the sun at bay unless there is a strong breeze blowing. In Idaho it seems there is always a strong breeze blowing. I remember you quoted the Serenity Prayer in one of your blogs and I am reminded that part of that is “change the things I can.” I think prayer is our best means of doing that. You have my prayers for your family and my firm belie that “prayer changes things.” God Bless your family!

  50. Pamela Devereux
      · May 27th, 2014 at 3:13 pm · Link

    So much going on in your life. Prayers are coming your way for your aunt, niece & wrangler. It is tough when the people you love are not doing well.

    Always take a hat, sunglasses & sunscreen if you are going to be outside for long periods of time. It is fun to go to a baseball game & cheer for your family.

  51. Dixie Hadley
      · May 29th, 2014 at 12:00 pm · Link

    How is your Aunt Billie doing? Hope she is well on the road to a full recovery?
    How is the little fella doing? I do hope he is making daily strides in growing big and strong.
    Prayers will continue until all is well.

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