• Being present where you are

    I’ve finally finished writing a new book that will be published very soon. It took a while. A long while, if you ask anyone in my family. The experience was not too dissimilar to the time when I wrote a previous book. That one took three years. It is shocking to some just how much time can elapse when someone gets into their own space. Not for me. I completely understand it. And, how much time can get away from a person when they are in the throes of a project. My family tires of hearing about “…

  • If the shoe fits, choose your color

    I looked at the fresh faces, so young, so hopeful, their futures ahead of them. In their photos, the graduating class showed their fun personalities, full of creativity and life. A written line under each image told of their hopes and dreams — enjoying a gap year, working and saving money, entering college in full steam, and others choosing to breathe before moving on to a bigger world in front of them. After a year of crazies thrown at them, resilient, they seemed to have weathered well. Lookin…

  • The great furniture cover-up

    I have a feeling my children look at me as their great-grandmother from the ‘50s when she covered all her furniture with clear plastic. Clear runners ran down the hallway; even the toaster had a cover. Doilies covered worn arms on the sofa out of necessity. That was before my time. My grandmother was from a generation that came out of the depression. They taught us to take care of things. They were much more aware of keeping something for their lifetime or for the object’s lifetime. Out of a sta…

  • We pass by once

    “Coming soon,” words I have wanted to say for many months. After a lot of writing, rewriting, critiquing, editing and more editing, I will soon take my next book to print. I have a passion for this project that is infectious. Although other possibilities came along, I never lost my fervor for this latest book. And so, I push forward moving my words to print. It is important to find the right publisher, someone who knows how to target a market, then manage it by scale. It’s not an easy process. I…


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