Defining Courage

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

Once in a Lifetime?

Often when unusual life events happen, people say it is “once in a lifetime.” If the event was horrible, we vow to remember and take precautions. I’ve gone without heat before and without power for four days when temps reached 100. But nothing like what happened recently in Texas-a horrid freeze blanketed the whole state….

Normal

I usually blow off comments about “normal” by quoting something I heard long ago… “Normal is just a setting on the dryer.” ~unknown But as much as I love that line, I’m putting it aside today while sharing some of my thoughts about life getting back to normal. I believe the time has come to…

Cut yourself some slack

On the first Tuesday of every month, I’m “supposed” to post a blog entry here on Word By Word. But I’m running a bit late, because over the last week or so life got complicated and much sleep was missed. Stuff piled up. My emotional and creative wells hadn’t run dry, but I just couldn’t…

The Blessings of a Snow Day

The days have moved past the holidays and on to winter weather and better news for our health. And then last week…SNOW! Snow doesn’t come often where I live. So, when the weathercasters began predicting snow, everything became more alive and exciting. Two days till Snow Day. One day till Snow Day. The morning of…

But What About The Good?

Now that we’ve made it to 2021, and so many people have proclaimed their gratitude that 2020 is over, I thought it would be good to look back on the good things that also happened. First, I need to say quickly that for me, the hype of a “new year” means little. In my world,…

Follow Your Heart

I was happy publishing Romantic Suspense for more than five years. I wrote about women I’d like to hang out with–kickass women just as comfortable riding in a limo as piloting a helicopter or riding a racehorse. Women who didn’t need a handsome prince to save them. Then, after being a part of a local…

Vicki Batman – Vintage Christmas

My mom was a crafty person. I don’t think she ever thought she couldn’t do something. I remember her making many Christmas things–a felt decorated tablecloth, sequined ornaments, Christmas stockings. Something about appreciating handmade things has always been a part of me. So over many years, I have collected those things. When I began, I…