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


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...

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...

March 23, 2018

Harper Lee.  William Styron.  Donald Hall.  Kaye Gibbons.  Katherine Applegate.  Lisa Wingate.  Brian Selznick.  Glenn Taylor.  Each one, an author or a book that resonated with me so much that I found it absolutely necessary to let them know.  And the best part, they...

December 4, 2017

"I'm all for the scissors.  I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil."

Anyone who knows me -- family, friends, teachers, students, fellow writers -- knows that my love affair with Truman Capote and Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Christmas Memory i...

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...

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