Fill your Well

It’s been said when a writer can’t find the words, they should go out into the world and fill the well. By immersing ourselves in the world outside of our intimate writing space, neurons deep inside the brain that forgot how to be creative are turned on and send out wonderful, happy signals. This well-filling…

Gorgeous New England

We got back late on October 11 from a 7 day trip to Maine followed by 3 days in New Hampshire. Our last trip was in 2018. We’ve been fortunate to make almost twenty trips to New England starting with my first year as an elementary school principal. I lived in Massachusetts when I was…

Clean-up and the “H” Word

You may be wondering how clean-up, especially doggie poo clean-up, is inspirational? It’s a stretch. LOL. Hang on, and let’s think a bit. Recently, I participated in a Zoom chat with friends. The topic segued into a discussion on I “hate” projects. The “H” word was used multiple times, and my thinking turned to—I don’t…

What do you do with disappointments?

Disappointments. Pesky little things that can derail a person’s well-planned life, and yet with the right perspective that sometimes only time and distance can give, a failure can, in fact, morph into valuable insight. There are a number of sayings that cover the subject of this message. The most recognizable is probably that “every dark…

Enjoy the Now

My husband and I are about to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on June 5. As a part of that celebration, I’ve been preparing a power point presentation for the small party and looking back over 50 years of pictures and memories. It’s been fun even though the work has taken me away from my…

Defining Courage

Definition of Courage: the strength of character; will power; daring; fortitude.

Goodbye 2020

I guess about now I’m getting a lot of “Amens” and “Thank Heavens” out there to my title. While I”m sure we can look back and find some good things–I published my 8th romantic suspense book, we have stayed healthy, and have family and friends near–even still this year has been one of loss, sorrow,…

“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”

Many years ago, I worked as an archivist for the Newspaper Association of America. Basically, it’s the national association for all newspaper publishers/owners. One of the great things about working at NAA’s library was the fabulous special collection of original newspapers and other documents that dated back to the 18th century and were once personally…

Finding Inspiration

Last Friday I went out for my second daily walk in the neighborhood. The first one took place after lunch rather than around 7:30 am. We had a fall storm blow through with high winds, humongous lightning, much needed rain, and a major drop in temps that morning. All welcome. I was struck with how…