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May 2, 2014

Enid author offers ‘Slim Pickings’

ENID, Okla. — A book of musings by an Enid woman is appropriately titled, “Slim Pickings From A Changed Mind.”

Brenda Salladay’s book started out as a blog of her thoughts and perspectives as she cared for her husband, Richard, during his treatment for cancer.

The “changed mind” Salladay refers to in her book and blog title happened when she became a Christian.

Many of Salladay’s inspirational meditations were written during the night.

“When God told me to get up and write I’d think, ‘Oh, no, that will hurt,’” Salladay said. “But I’d get up and write anyway.”

An excerpt from Salladay’s writing reads, “The other day I did something really silly. I know that  I am allergic to honey. … I just love honey so much I could not contain myself. I decided that maybe just this one time I would not itch.

“I poured just a little bit of honey on my plate and dipped my sopapilla into it. …  It was not long before I was regretting my silly decision to eat that honey. I was itching and my lips felt very heavy and tight.  … As I reflected on my silly act I thought this it was just like sin. …  There are always regrets after sin. There is always some itching and discomfort as you realize that sin does affect you. Sin does hurt and it is silly to think that there will not be consequences.”

Salladay’s Scripture reading for the section is Psalm 103:11-12.

She is also the author of two children’s books, with another in the works.

Her children’s books are “Jungle Friends: Mack the Missing Monkey” and “Jungle Friends; Leon the Lion and the Big Bug Dilemma.”

Salladay’s “Slim Pickings From A Changed Mind” is available in paperback for $6.29 at Amazon. Kindle versions also can be ordered. To order, go to

To see her blog, go to

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