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...

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...

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...

May 15, 2018

Ask any published author if they enjoy the marketing and promoting of their work.  Most assuredly, their collective response would be, "I loathe it!"  And, they would be understating their feelings -- they would be making an attempt at diplomacy.  Ask every published a...

February 15, 2018

Social media posts focus primarily on babies & travel, food & events, and all manner of pets.  And, since I joined in 2016 with the publication of Honeysuckle Holiday and later, Marble Town, I've noticed the growing number of newly-published authors introducing their w...

February 6, 2018

"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."  Navy Admiral Grace Hopper

Google "schools not teaching slavery" and reports from the Chicago Tribune, NPR, The Atlantic, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Southern Poverty Law Center and others add to...

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