REASONS TO CELEBRATE

In these troubling, confusing, and sometimes scary times, it’s important to find reasons to celebrate. My husband (a reason to celebrate) and I walk Charley every morning that it’s not raining. Occasionally, we are delighted to spy a deer or two. When this happenes, we call that, “a very deery morning.” On these walks, I…

The Last Days of Summer

I’m sure some of you and/or your kids have already returned to school in whatever fashion that takes this fall. I’m sending positive thoughts of safety, energy, and joy to you as you take on this mammoth and vital task of education. In today’s environment, I’m grateful to no longer work on the front lines….

New Beginnings

The picture below is one I found many years ago when I was letting go of something that meant a lot to me. Something I really didn’t want to let go of. One day I was walking in the mall and went into this really cool little store that was filled with plaques, pictures, posters,…

WORD BY WORD #1

Hopefully, you’ve read the last post on the Sisterhood of Suspense blog by Kathryn Jane, called Change. She explained exactly what’s happened here: https://sisterhoodofsuspense.com/2020/07/02/change/https:/ We’ve morphed into a new entity. One we hope you will continue to follow as we strive to be positive, uplifting, and encouraging in trying times. Truth be told, all times…

Video Reading

We’re all torn up about what’s going on in the US and the world right now. With the pandemic and what it’s meant in loss of life and jobs and general stress. With the rampant racial hatred and discrimination, we’ve seen exhibited. Truly mind blowing in the year of 2020 that people still discriminate against…

Memorial Day and Loss and Celebration

The US just celebrated Memorial Day, a day we stop and give thanks to all those in the military who lost their lives in service to the country. It was not a normal celebration because of Covid 19 with some places still in a stay-at-home mode and others in various stages of opening up. As…

THROW-AWAY-WORDS

I’ve written about these before. Probably the last time was when I used my sheet of words/phrases to analyze my most recently published book, ACT OF SURVIVAL, Book 4 The Second Chances Series, released in 2019. The list came to me originally from the great Margie Lawson. If you haven’t taken writing classes with her,…

Physical Distancing & Social Connection

This is a term I heard Rabbi Rottenberg use in a CNBC report recently. His synagogue in Rockland County, NY experienced a mass shooting over a year ago. The reporters were checking back with the Rabbi to see how his congregation was managing in the current crisis. He made the point, that while they were…

Silver Frogs

Yesterday, I finished teaching a once a week, 1 ½ hour, four-week course called Indie Publishing: Who Me? for Texas Christian University’s Silver Frogs Program. This is part of their Extended Ed program. And yes, all the students are over 50. (Well, as is this teacher, too. LOL) I taught the course two years ago….

Crisis of Conscience

The idea for this post came to me while I was speeding along 820 W, the loop that circles Fort Worth. I travel on this road daily and frequently more often. For most of this road the speed is 65 mph. (Does Canada have the same speed limit measures?) Usually, I set my cruise control…