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Where Have All the Words Gone?


Oh, sweet blog reader: I can’t believe you haven’t given up on me yet!


Sometimes, over coffee with a friend, I will share a story or experience that has marked me in the past three years.  Often the friend will respond, “I sure hope you’re writing all this down.”  But I’m mostly not.  I’m mostly just riding in this car, so busy hoping the trip will end while also hoping it never ends, that all these stories tend to seep like water into sand.


I’m comforted by the fact that several ALS memoirs I’ve read are a little “holey” in their consistency.  You’ll notice large chunks of life missing from their chronicle of the journey.  I totally get it.  ALS just sort of takes over.  It bosses your time around.  It shanghais  your emotions.  There are days when I’m determined to sit down and write about a struggle or a victory or an issue that we face on this battlefield, hoping it will be a lifeline to someone else down the road.  I mean, I really, really want to.  But the thought of writing about it -in addition to living it – is just too daunting, while the idea of an evening on the couch with Steve watching Sherlock (again) is very appealing.  And that idea usually wins.


So that’s one reason my blog has been quiet.  Another reason is that I’m working on  a new book which has a very tight deadline (March 20!), so most of my words are walking that direction.  I’m SO excited about this project – it’s been life to my soul recently – and I’ll share more about it soon.  Until then, I just wanted to throw this post up to hold my place here like a traffic cone in a parking spot.  Please, don’t give up on me.  Please, don’t forget me.   I’m still here; just quiet.


And I love you,









March 4, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Teresa B. - Holy Moley girl! A third Bo Stern book? Yes yes yes!

We will be here when you return. I would take a night on the couch with the hubby as well. 🙂

March 4, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Pamela - I am praying that God gives you all the words you need to make the deadline, and that He will use this latest gift of your talents in remarkable ways for His glory. God bless you, sweet Bo!

March 4, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Jane Lellman - ALS really does boss your time around!! Well said! And your heart, and mind, and house, and priorities….. So glad you are spending time together, I don’t think you will ever regret it!

March 5, 2014 - 6:56 am

Rene Bogue - Oh Bo,
I could never forget you. In fact, I’m reading “Ruthless” every morning, and I’m not done with it yet. And I’m not sure I ever really finished your first book. And I may read it again. I’ve got plenty of your words to keep me for a while. And I love them so I can read them again. The thought of you on the couch with Steve is such a good thought.
Bless your heart. We’re all still here.


March 5, 2014 - 7:03 am

Holly - Just want you to know how much I love you … Words or not, when they come they are always powerful and speak volumes to this hurting heart from lose … Enjoy and take the time with Steve, every moment of it my dear, amazing friend.
Hugs from Mexico.

March 5, 2014 - 7:53 am

Cathy Denney - Bo, I love your words. God has given you much to say with wisdom and a gift of sharing. I’m so looking forward to your next book. I pray the words to finish that book and meet your deadline come easily and divinely inspired. I really believe there will be a time and the inspiration to write down all of the other stories you’d like to share. In the meantime, I say, go with your gut and savor, relish, drink in and delight in the moments with Steve and your family! Yes, we’ll all be here when you get back. Big Hug!

March 5, 2014 - 8:18 am

Terry - Dearest Bo – God uses your words, no matter how few and far between, with great power. Just the fact that you care so deeply about your readers as you walk (or ride) through this battle is a great testament to your ginormous heart! I shout a loud “Amen” to previous comments….this time is for you to spend with Steve. God will bring the words and stories to mind, at the right time. I will remember to pray for words, time, encouragement and creativity as you work on your book project! Continued prayers for strength, comfort, healing, and memory-making opportunities for all y’all. Sending much love and BIG HUGS!!!!

March 5, 2014 - 8:49 am

Lori Greenstone - xoxox

March 5, 2014 - 9:21 am

jacquelyn Strayer - True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn

March 5, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Pam - The very best part about the very best friendships is that neither silence or distance can weaken them. You don’t have to carry the burden of initiating contact with us. We are here. Even in the silence. Xoxox

March 5, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Debbie - Just wanted let you know I am praying for you and your family. May the Lord pour more and more of Himself in all of your lives.

March 7, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Traci - I enjoyed hearing you in Salem at the Ministry Network event. My husband and I came over from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to do part of the morning interviews with Bill and Joy. I connected with your “realness” and my reaction was “I will figure out a way to get her over where I live for something. I am so glad you put aside your blog for hanging out on the couch with your husband!

March 10, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Dotty Young - Um, you were [re]watching Sherlock? All is forgiven. 😀

March 11, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Lynn - And……I love you too.

March 19, 2014 - 11:55 am

Kerri Fry - This has been on my mind and heart for the last week… May our Heavenly Father meet you where you are.

Psalm 73:25-26
Whom have I in heaven besides You
and there is none upon the earth that I desire besides You
My flesh and my heart may fail
but God is my strength and my portion forever.