January 22, 2019

"It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation.  Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, 'Wait on time.'"

As a child growing u...

December 28, 2018

After my first YA-novel, Honeysuckle Holiday, was released I, with deep humility, slid it next to my favorite novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, on the top shelf of my bookcase.  On the opposite end of the bookends is a copy of Mary Oliver's Upstream.  And when my MG-novel,...

December 20, 2018

In addition to the melodic list of favorite things that Maria sings about in The Sound of Music (which just happens to be one of my favorite things), I'd like to add:

Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"
Dark chocolate-covered cherries from Holl's of Parkersburg, WV

Fami...

November 27, 2018

As I watch the first snowflakes fall outside my window, I am gifted the first gift of the season.  And it's a  most treasured one.  And too, I am reminded of the scene in one of my favorite Christmas movies, "The Polar Express."  The scene shows Santa Claus giving the...

November 22, 2018

It's Thanksgiving.  It's a chilly 35 degrees outside.  It's sunny -- both in my heart and in this colorful Appalachian region.  And, I'm thankful for all of it.  And while family is not close in distance and with a growing estrangement of some, I am still thankful.  Th...

October 4, 2018

"Little by little, the bird builds its nest."

As a writer, I return to this French proverb so frequently that it is as familiar to me as my name.

Whenever I find myself staring into a blank computer screen, fingers poised over the keyboard, and my mind unearths very litt...

September 10, 2018

Over the past several months, conversations with friends have been bound by a common thread:  whether or not to jump ship or stay the course.  The discussions are both passionate and concerning.  After more than a decade or two of realized and un-realized successes at...

August 30, 2018

"The proper definition of a man is an animal that writes letters." --Lewis Carroll

Whenever, as a writer, I arrive at the point where the tips of my fingers merely rest on the keyboard as I struggle to find just the right word, the right sentence, or even the right thou...

July 21, 2018

Much like a gardener planting seeds in the ground, authors' story ideas germinate from many sources, from the intentional mixing of ideas or seeds, if you will, that are first researched, experimented, and finally, with a deep breath, planted within a story, careful to...

July 4, 2018

Nationally syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, Leonard Pitts, Jr., reminded us last fall when To Kill a Mockingbird was removed from a Mississippi school board because it "makes some people uncomfortable" that it is supposed to ma...

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