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 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...

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...

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