October 30, 2017

When I was a young girl growing up in Memphis, a honeysuckle vine grew feverishly outside my bedroom window.  I awakened to its sweet, intoxicating fragrance throughout its blooming season.  And when the scorching sun of a southern summer seemed exhausting, all I had t...

October 23, 2017

So, how cool is the moss hanging from the trees on the grounds of the Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, SC?!  When I wrote my MG-novel, MARBLE TOWN, I searched and searched for the perfect title.  I came across an article that highlighted various names for...

October 17, 2017

Yes, they were real -- so very real.  So many readers of Honeysuckle Holiday have asked, "Were Aunt Dodo and Uncle Herman real?"  They were real & awesome & doting & intriguing -- and I wanted to be just like them.  I wanted the kind of marriage they had.  I wanted to...

October 9, 2017

The very first thing I think of whenever I hear the expression Boo! is the character Boo Radley from Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.  And then I hear Scout's sweet voice, "Hey, Boo."  And, of course, thoughts then journey to Scout's eventual understanding...

October 2, 2017

When I was a kid growing up in Memphis, my family would travel by train every summer to visit relatives in St. Louis.  Every time I heard the phrase ALL ABOARD! I nearly stumbled getting to the train -- I was that excited!  And it was the enthusiasm and the drawing out...

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