Exercise. Who hasn’t been told to do more?

Of course, there are many reasons to exercise: Help control weight Improve mood Boost energy Promote better sleep Fun However, the busier my daily agenda, the less likely I am to want to attend a class or watch an exercise video. And in the winter when the weather is awful, well, what better reason to…

7 Classic Christmas Movies to Watch

Hi all, Happy Holidays! What do Cameron Diaz, Bruce Willis, Kate Winslet and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer have in common? My mother was a film buff and I learned to love movies from her. One of my fondest memories is staying up late to watch classic movies with her. My dad went to bed…

Smart Lady

As a writer, I love a strong female protagonist. I can’t think of a better role model for any woman (fictional or real) than Queen Elizabeth II. She will be missed. I admired her romance with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Maybe the media put a Cinderella spin on it because I know all marriages…

Street Smarts & Storytelling

I come from a long line of storytellers. Some told stories to get them out of trouble. Some told stories to pass the time before the ‘talkies’, the internet, Netflix, and Tik Tok.  And some told stories to pass down details of our family adventures, embellished a little to make them sound more exciting. I…

What Makes You Happy?

What makes me happy? A weekend of reading. Good books. Comfy couch. Great snack (Cheetos) and drink (Diet Dr. Pepper). I dive into my favorite mysteries, thrillers, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, WW2 fiction, and biographies. Pure nirvana. Recently, an author friend asked on Facebook if we thought our reading choices had changed over time. Before…

Welcome Guest Helena Fairfax

Good Friday morning, y’all. I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m sharing a friend’s blog post on our WORD BY WORD Blog. Helena Fairfax and I met quite a few years ago when we both had the same publisher. Even though we’ve both gone in different directions, we’ve remained good friends. Helena lives in…

You’re Welcome

Don’t you just love this door? On my recent trip to Charleston, where the people ooze that southern hospitality, I had the best time walking the streets and admiring the historic homes. I’m not normally one to go for the old. I don’t like old plumbing, old furnaces, ghosts in the attic, or creepy crawlies…

I Love the Winter Weather – not really

I confess I am a person who likes winter from Thanksgiving through the first week of January, aka, The Holidays. And then, I’m done. The truth is I am not a cold-weather person at all. I can take the summer heat way better. My cold-weather life improved when I discovered UGGs. My feet stay warm,…