Author Archives: ajavilanovels

About ajavilanovels

I am the author of four Christian novels: Rain from Heaven, Amaranth, Nearer the Dawn and Cherish.

The Last Penny

When I was a teen, like most girls, I babysat. It was a way to earn a little extra money. I say “a little extra money” because my mother would not allow me to charge more than 50ยข an hour … Continue reading

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Contradictions

Being born second can sometimes be a challenge. Up to that point, the firstborn has had Mommy and Daddy all to herself, and then here comes this usurper grabbing their attention. There’s bound to be a bit of animosity and … Continue reading

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Car Trouble

One warm spring night my husband and I had the front door open but the security door locked. While watching television, we heard a knock on that door. It was from a young woman with a baby. She was, she … Continue reading

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Potatoes and Other Misconceptions

Little kids tend to think their parents are something like God. It’s probably because parents know so much more than their children that the kids are astonished at the knowledge and wisdom they have. But, since adults are fallible people, … Continue reading

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Spurned at Church

When we go to Mass, we don’t necessarily expect the folks there to be warm and welcoming. After all, it’s human nature to occasionally be aloof. We’re weak, sinful people, and we don’t leave our foibles at the church door … Continue reading

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Lyrics

The Sixties and Seventies were great decades for music. Back then, we kids usually had cheap transistor radios so we could listen to our favorite songs and disc jockeys for just the price of a 9 volt battery. Some songs, … Continue reading

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Apples and Bullying

Recently I saw a Facebook post that described one teacher’s attempt to end bullying in her class. She got two apples and, while the students were not present, dropped the second one on the floor several times. After her class … Continue reading

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Lopsided Relationships

There’s an old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get your Prince Charming. That was certainly the case for me. One young man, with whom I had a summer romance, had to have everything … Continue reading

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Concerts and Celebrities

When you’ve lived all your life in southern California like I have, you’re bound to eventually run into a celebrity. Or vice versa. For example, several years ago, my girlfriend and I decided to splurge on a couple of more … Continue reading

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On Spending

Occasionally I watch the television show Pawn Stars, shown on the History Channel. It can provide a fascinating look at historical objects, some of which are museum quality. In a recent episode, the owner of the pawn shop (located in … Continue reading

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